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Juris Doctor, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #91 (QS) ,
The Juris Doctor (JD) at The University of Western Australia is UWA's postgraduate law degree for aspiring lawyers and legal practitioners. This degree is accredited by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia and equips students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in law.


The structured program includes the nationally recognised core legal subjects (the 'Priestley 11', which include Torts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Property, Equity, Corporations Law, Administrative Law, Federal and State Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence and Ethics, and Professional Responsibility).

You also have the opportunity to broaden your legal knowledge or pursue areas of interest via a range of optional units. The student cohort consists of mature-minded postgraduate students. Many have spent time in the workforce and are passionate about making a difference. The Juris Doctor (JD) at The University of Western Australian program of study encourages complex discussions about the law and how it can influence change. JD students also gain valuable skills such as drafting, legal research and advocacy.

Career Pathways

Although the practice of law (lawyer, solicitor, barrister, in-house counsel or judge) is the most common career progression for law graduates, the JD also equips you to head into other areas such as politics, international relations, leadership positions and legal publishing.

Career Opportunities

  • Lawyer
  • Conservation Officer
  • Contract, Program and Project Administrators


The Juris Doctor is accredited by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia and equips students with the knowledge and skillset to pursue a career in law. Graduates of the JD programme can apply for admission as a lawyer with the Legal Practice Board of WA. Law students can apply for membership of the Law Society of WA whilst at university.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:


    • 6 July 
    • 31 January 
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study

    • Average part-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    144 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Foundations of Law and Lawyering
  • Criminal Law
  • Contract
  • Property
  • Torts
  • Land Law
  • Foundations of Public Law
  • Legal Theory and Ethics

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have:

  • a relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent as recognised by UWA; 
  • the equivalent of a UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.5; 


  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score within five years prior to applying for admission to the course.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    42400 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42400 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Perth

  • 1328 - 2370 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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