New Juris Doctor Students | Law

New Juris Doctor Students

Welcome to UNSW Law

We are pleased to welcome you as a new JD Student with UNSW Law. We hope you will enjoy your studies at UNSW Law as a JD student. 

Before you can enrol in your courses, you will need to ACCEPT your offer via myUNSW. Please refer to the Getting Started website and follow the instructions to Accept your Offer. - See more at:

All new students will be sent further information prior to the commencement of enrolment. Please refer to the below websites to assist you with enrolling via myUNSW:

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Classes in the JD Program commence in Orientation Week

New Students should note that classes in JURD7152 Introducing Law & Justice will commence in Orientation Week each semester. These classes will run in the Kensington campus and will prepare you in the best possible way to commence your JD degree. These classes are compulsory and essential before commencing your other law courses. All students should enrol in JURD7152 Introducing Law & Justice in their first semester of study. Students commencing the JD must attend the classes in Orientation Week.

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Juris Doctor Progression Plans

Law Dual Degree Programs and Sequence of study

It is expected that full-time students study courses in the sequence as set out in the progression plans below.

· Juris Doctor - not required to take elective JURD7829 Legal Writing in Context

· Juris Doctor - Students taking elective JURD7829 Legal Writing in Context
(International students only)

· Juris Doctor - Students with 36UOC advanced standing, taking elective JURD7829 Legal Writing in Context
(International students only)

Students who commenced before 2019, or do not fit into one of the three above categories, or are planning to vary their study sequence from the standard study plans should seek advice from Law Student Services.

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Law Timetable Information

Please always refer to the Law Timetable Planner available on the Law website when selecting course/class to enrol. This will list the times for all classes and the rooms in which they will be taught.

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Enrolment Deadlines

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are correctly enrolled and that the course(s) will count towards your program. Enrolment is allocated on a first come first served basis. Students are recommended to enrol as soon as they are able to.

Courses will have specific add and withdraw without penalty dates depending on the teaching period in which they fall.  Students can view the add/drop/withdraw without penalty dates applicable for different teaching periods on myUNSW under Key Dates.

Students can also view the University Academic Calendar for other important dates during the academic year.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they enrol in/drop out of courses by the appropriate date.

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Seeking Credit for Previous Study

UNSW Law will only approve advanced standing (credit transfer) for law courses completed as part of a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor Degree in a recognised Law School of an approved tertiary institution. They must be law-related, equivalent in content and depth to comparable UNSW law courses and recognized to be admitted as a practising lawyer.

The maximum credit which can be awarded for previous studies in Law is 48 Units of Credit (UOC).

If you are seeking credit for previous studies you must lodge an application for credit transfer to the UNSW Admissions Office. Students who transfer into the Juris Doctor from a Law dual degree program at another University must also include a statement from their previous institution detailing the law courses (if any) which have been credited towards the completed non-law degree.

The application for advanced standing (credit transfer) can be downloaded at

Please refer to the deadline for submission of credit transfer in the application form.  We strongly recommend that you submit your application to the UNSW Admissions Office as soon as you receive an offer. For late round offers, please contact UNSW Law Student Services ( for assistance in your advanced standing application. You can submit your application accompanied by your original or certified transcript directly to the Faculty if you receive a late offer.

Students are required to provide comprehensive course outlines (including a list of topics covered in the course syllabus, assessment criteria, texts and references) for the law courses completed at the other university.

If you wish to compare UNSW JD Law courses with equivalent courses that you have completed at other Law School, please refer to the above program plan structure for a list of the compulsory courses and to the law website at Course Outlines or the UNSW Online Handbook. The JD program requirements and academic rules can be found in the UNSW Online Handbook.

For more information on UNSW Law advanced standing, please refer to UNSW Law Credit Transfer Rules and Regulations - Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor.

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Completion Time

The JD can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. The maximum program duration is 8 years.

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International Students

International students must readAcceptance Procedures for International Student which includes information regarding tuition fee deposits, Health Cover requirements etc.

It is your responsibility to ensure you are familiar with all visa conditions attached to your student visa and comply with them. Information for new international students can be found on the Student Development International (SDI) website. You may also contact the International Student  Advisors about student visas, well-being and academic performance. 

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Moodle, Course Outlines & Textbooks


Moodle is the online learning platform for your course, providing online materials and support designed to complement your learning. Information typically found on the site are course outlines, course handouts, resources, and communication facilities. There may also be quizzes, forums for discussion and other activities using this platform. If you are doing take home essays you will also use the Moodle platform to upload your assignment to Turnitin. Your Moodle course will be available to you a week before the start date of the course. You can access Moodle when you log into myUNSW using your zpass and password.

For more information about navigating your online learning environment in Moodle go to the eLearning website

Course Outlines

Further detailed information on your course can be found in the Course Outline. This is in your Moodle site at the top centre of the main page. The Course Outline is available one week before the commencement of class. If the course outline is not available please contact the convenor of the course for more information. Students can also refer to an overview of the course at Course Outlines.


The Recommended Textbook lists for all courses are available on UNSW Bookshop website: at the start of semester. The course outline will usually contain information regarding procurement of textbooks.  You need to place your order for prescribed texts directly with the UNSW Bookshop (Tel: +61 2 9385 6689, Fax: +61 2 9385 6633) or order via UNSW Bookshop website:

The UNSW Bookshop is open 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. 

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