MC161 - Juris Doctor

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RMIT program code: MC161
Plan name: Juris Doctor
Plan code: MC161P14
Campus: City Campus
Credit points per semester:
Full time: 48
Part time: 24
CRICOS code: 103207F

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2021 Enrolment Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following. All courses listed may not be available each semester.

   Year One of Program
 
AND   Year Two of Program
 
AND   Year Three of Program
 
AND   Approved Law Options List:
 

Only students enrolled in the Juris Doctor (MC161) are permitted to enrol in Juris Doctor courses. 

The Juris Doctor program requires the completion of 288 credit points (CP) comprising of the following:

  • 18 Core courses
  • 6 electives from the approved list

 

Please note: In response to COVID-19, we have updated our teaching and courses to online enabled delivery at all Australian campuses. Our courses are available online now and will resume face to face when campus reopens without compromising the quality of our education and student outcomes. It will allow students to study online by participating in lectures and tutorials via Canvas to ensure continued learning throughout this period. Where necessary, course assessments have been adjusted to suit this learning format. Students will be supported to make the transition back to campus as soon as feasible (in line with government advice and University COVID-SAFE plans) or where required continue to study remotely.

 

Please note: All courses listed may not be available each Semester, this is important to note when planning your enrolments.

 

After graduating from the Juris Doctor, students are able to pursue legal practice through the completion of Supervised Workplace Training with a law firm or a Practical Legal Training Course.

 

Program Schedule

To assist you with course planning, please view the Program Schedule. Please note course offerings are subject to change. 

 

Please note: The following courses require permission before you can enrol. Please refer to the relevant course guide (by clicking below) for more information on how to gain permission for each course.

 

Capstone Courses

Capstone Courses are compulsory courses designed to consolidate the learning undertaken throughout the program and should be taken in your final semester of study. Applications for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning will not be accepted for Capstone courses.

 

The capstone course for this program is:

 

 

Accreditation Information

For information regarding external accreditation and industry links related to this program, please click here.

 

A list of the required courses you must complete in order to benefit from accreditation for the Professional Body related to your program, can be located here.

 

Global Intensives, Student Exchange, and Cross-campus Study

As part of your elective choices, you may want to consider enriching your student experience by undertaking global study and work as part of your RMIT program. Please visit the Global Study and Work webpage for more information. International study and work opportunities at RMIT include:

 

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Year One of Program

PROGRAM CHANGE FROM SEMESTER 1, 2021

From Semester 1, 2021, the Juris Doctor program structure will comprise of 6 law approved electives. This means that the 3 university elective spaces in the 2020 program structure will be removed. This change will only to apply to new students who enrol in the program for 2021 onward. 

Any student who commenced the Juris Doctor program prior to 2021 and has successfully completed up to 3 postgraduate electives courses or wish to do so in the future, will still have them counted toward their program.

Electives removed effective Semester 1 2021

  • SOCU2273 Welfare Law
  • HWSS2184 Advanced Law for Social Work Practice
  • BUSM4119 Asian Management Issues
  • BUSM4684 External Competition
  • LAW2554 Legal Externship

Electives added effective Semester 1 2021

  • LAW2607 External Legal Competition (new course replacing BUSM4684 External Competition)

  • LAW2554 Postgraduate Legal Internship (course title change, previously LAW2554 Legal Externship)


Juris Doctor Transition 2020:

In Semester 1, 2020 the Juris Doctor program had a minor change to the structure, all students will be transitioned to the new structure.  All course credits that have already been obtained will be recognised in the new structure.  The transition rules below apply to students who commenced the program prior to Semester 1 2020. Students can utilise a Transition Map by clicking here

 

Overview of Changes:

  • LAW1042 Law and Information Technology changed course title to LAW1042 Law and Technology and changed from an “Approved Law Elective” to a core course of the program structure.
  • LAW2551 Innovative Justice replaced LAW1040 Legal Research Project as the core research project course. 
  • LAW1040 Legal Research Project changed from a core course to an “Approved Law Elective” course
  • Two new Approved Elective courses were added: LAW2565 Discrimination Law and LAW2564 Business and Human Rights
  • The elective course LAW1032 Transnational Law was discontinued and removed from Program.


Pre-requisites
Enforced pre-requisites have been applied to the following courses: 
- LAW2524 Fundaments of Contract Law
- LAW1020 Law of Torts
- LAW2394 Criminal Law 
- LAW2527 Advanced Contract Law 
- LAW1023 Administrative Law
- LAW1024 Australian Property Law 
- LAW1026 Australian Company Law 
- LAW1027 Federal and State Constitutional Law 
- LAW1030 Civil Procedure 
- LAW1025 Equity and Trusts
- LAW2395 Evidence
- LAW1037 Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct 
Please refer to the course requisite page and relevant course guide for further information. 

  • If you completed LAW1040 Legal Research Project prior to semester 1 2020, you are not required to take LAW1042 Law & Technology as a core course.  You may choose this as an elective if you wish.
  • If you have not completed LAW1040 Legal Research Project prior to semester 1 2020, you may choose either LAW1040 Legal Research Project or LAW1042 Law & Technology as a core course, although please refer to the important note below to ensure you are meeting all requirements for the program.

Your elective courses can include any of the new courses that are being introduced.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order satisfy the TEQSA research component of a Masters level program, you must have completed LAW1040 Legal Research Project at any stage of your program or LAW2551 Innovative Justice after sem 1 2020.  Please be aware that LAW2551 Innovative Justice prior to sem 1 2020 does not satisfy the TEQSA research component.   Failure to comply with these transitions rules may result in you being ineligible to graduate and may prevent you from being admitted to legal practice.

The Program structure below is based on a full time study load of 4 courses per semester.  Students should progress through this structure according to their study load, and should complete Year 1 courses before moving onto Year 2 courses etc.

 

Please note:

Students are required to complete a total of six Law (6) electives from the approved list below. Only students who commenced the Juris Doctor program prior to 2021 are permitted to complete 3 postgraduate electives courses from the University Electives list and still have them counted toward their program. 

  1. Students who commenced the Juris Doctor program in semester 1 2018 can find a program transition/progression map here.
  2. Students who commenced the Juris Doctor program prior to 2018, please contact Business Connect if you require assistance with Program progression.

 

 

Intensive courses

The compulsory pre-requisite course LAW1019 Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods will be taught in the flexible term (term 2102) in Semester 1 2021 and will be taught intensively over three non-consecutive weekends on the following dates (refer to myTimetable for time and venue details):

Semester 1 - Class number: 1020

  • Weekend 1: Saturday 27 Feb - Sunday 28 Feb 2021
  • Weekend 2: Saturday 27 March - Sunday 28 March 2021
  • Weekend 3: Saturday 1 May - Sunday 2 May 2021

Please note: Students to attend all above classes

Please note: that the last day to enrol in this course for Semester 1 is 18 March, 2021 and Census date for courses scheduled in the Flex term (2102) is 24 March, 2021.

Please note: LAW1019 Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods is delivered in a flexible term and will commence before the standard Semester 1 commencement dates, this course should count towards your full-time or part-time study load for the standard semester.

We highly recommend you only enrol in up to 3 additional courses in the standard semester so that you do not exceed your full-time or part-time study load.

Complete the following One (1) Commencement Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods 12 LAW1019 City Campus 3306
AND

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Fundamentals of Contract Law 12 Yes LAW2524 City Campus 1370 1353
Law of Torts 12 Yes LAW1020 City Campus 1347 1344
Criminal Law 12 Yes LAW2394 City Campus 1366 1351
AND

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Jurisprudence 12 Yes LAW1046 City Campus 1350
Advanced Contract Law 12 Yes LAW2527 City Campus 1371 1354
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution 12 Yes LAW1031 City Campus 1356
AND

Select and Complete One (1) Course from the list of Approved Law Option courses at the end of this program structure.

 
AND

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Year Two of Program

Students are required to complete a total of six Law (6) electives from the approved list below. 

Please note: Only students who commenced the Juris Doctor program prior to 2021 are permitted to complete 3 postgraduate electives courses from the University Electives list and still have them counted toward their program. 

 

Please note: Course LAW1042 Law and Technology includes a weekly seminar and an intensive taught over one weekend (refer to myTimetable for time and venue details):

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Administrative Law 12 Yes LAW1023 City Campus 1345
Australian Property Law 12 Yes LAW1024 City Campus 1350
Australian Company Law 12 Yes LAW1026 City Campus 1353
International Law 12 Yes LAW1029 City Campus 1348
AND

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Federal and State Constitutional Law 12 Yes LAW1027 City Campus 1347
Civil Procedure 12 Yes LAW1030 City Campus 1355
Law and Technology 12 Yes LAW1042 City Campus 1357
AND

Select and Complete One (1) Course from the list of Approved Law Option courses at the end of this program structure.

 
AND

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Year Three of Program

Students are required to complete a total of six Law (6) electives from the approved list below.

Please note: Only students who commenced the Juris Doctor program prior to 2021 are permitted to complete 3 postgraduate electives courses from the University Electives list and still have them counted toward their program. 

 

Intensive Courses:

Please note: Course LAW2551 Innovative Justice is not offered in Semester 1, 2021 and will be taught intensively over two weekly evening classes and two non consecutive weekends in Semester 2 (refer to myTimetable for time and venue details)

 

Please note: Course LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct is not offered in Semester 1, 2021 and will be taught intensively over three non consecutive weekends in Semester 2 (refer to myTimetable for time and venue details)

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Equity and Trusts 12 Yes LAW1025 City Campus 1346
Evidence 12 Yes LAW2395 City Campus 1360
Innovative Justice 12 Yes LAW2551 City Campus 1356
AND

Select and Complete One (1) Course from the list of Approved Law Option courses at the end of this program structure.

AND

Complete the following One (1) Capstone Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct 12 Yes LAW1037 City Campus 1349
AND

Select and Complete Three (3) Courses from the list of Approved Law Option courses listed at the end of this program structure.

 
AND

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Approved Law Options List:

Please note: Only courses scheduled to run in 2021 will appear in the list below. The full list of Approved Law Options can be viewed here.

List of Approved Law Option Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Intellectual Property Law 12 Yes LAW1022 City Campus 1355
Wills and Succession 12 Yes LAW1043 City Campus 1377
International Business Law 12 Yes LAW1034 City Campus 1450
Labour Law 12 Yes LAW1039 City Campus 1357
Environment and Planning Law Practice 12 Yes LAW2529 City Campus 1373
Health Law 12 Yes LAW2549 City Campus 1378
External Legal Competition 12 Yes LAW2607 City Campus 3415
Postgraduate Legal Internship 12 LAW2554 City Campus 3502
 

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Contact details and related links

Program structure enquiries

 

Contact Details

Business Connect via RMIT Connect or Text BC80 to 0477 444 555 to join the queue at Business Connect, Building 80, Level 7, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000.

 

Enrolment Load

The maximum standard enrolment load per semester is 48 credit points.

 

Overloading

You will only be permitted to overload by a maximum of 12 credit points in the final semester of your program, upon approval from the College.

 

Credit and Pathways

If you have previous learning or experience, you can apply for credit or recognition of prior learning towards your RMIT program. Please read the information provided on the Apply for Credit web page.

 

Please note the following regarding credit exemptions in MC161

  • Exemptions are notgranted for previous undergraduate study.
  • Exemptions for elective courses will only be considered for previous study completed at a postgraduate level.
  • Exemptions for core courses will only be considered for previous study undertaken as part of a postgraduate law degree.
  • Applications for credit transfer or recocognition of prior learning will not be accepted for Capstone courses.

 

Timetabling

Please go to the Class timetables web page to access timetabling information.

 

Material fees

Some courses and programs have material fees (fees for field trips, goods or services) associated with them. In most cases these charges are not compulsory, but are levied by the teaching school for materials they purchase on your behalf for use in your studies. Go to the Material Fees web page to check the material fees for your program and courses.

Enrolment

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*Semester 1 classes generally commence in February and Semester 2 classes generally commence in July. Please contact your school for more information about specific class start days.

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