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Juris Doctor, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #91 (QS) ,
Discover your place in law. The Juris Doctor from The University of Western Australia prepares you with the knowldege and skills necessary to have a long and successful career in law.


By studying the Juris Doctor at The University of Western Australia, you will benefit from our Law School’s longstanding and deep links with the legal profession. These ties contribute to consistently high rates of employment for our graduates. You'll also have the opportunity to learn from the very best of the legal profession as well as academic staff recognised nationally for excellence in teaching and research. You can participate in practical skill-building programs, including mooting (legal advocacy) competitions and internships, and build lifelong friendships with a talented, diverse and vibrant cohort of future leaders. 

After completing the JD, you'll enter the competitive graduate market with an edge, armed with both an undergraduate degree and the JD, which is a prestigious qualification offered by institutions such as Harvard, Yale and Columbia universities. You'll join the ranks of nationally and internationally renowned UWA Law School graduates, including Rhodes Scholars; the members of the Judiciary and legal profession; as well as leaders at the highest level of business and government.


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.


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

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-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

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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • 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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Academic Requirements

  • CRICOS CODE: 089786C

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

    42396 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 127200 AUD for the full programme 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.
National: AUD 8,934 per year

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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