UNSW JD - Entry requirements | Law

UNSW JD - Entry requirements

The UNSW JD is open to applicants who have completed a Bachelor degree in any discipline other than law. To be considered for admission, you need to have achieved a credit average (65% or higher).

Selection into the UNSW JD is based on academic merit and you will be assessed on the basis of your academic results in completed tertiary study only. There are no additional selection criteria.

UNSW will offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) and also full-fee places in the JD. Commonwealth Supported Places will be offered to the most competitive applicants and the remaining eligible applicants will be offered a full-fee place in the JD program.

If you are in your final year and about to complete your Bachelor degree, please refer to the UAC guide for Admission Requirement Deadlines.

Current students of UNSW and other universities must have their final results available by certain dates to be considered for a place in Semester 1 and Semester 2 intakes. Learn more here.


UNSW JD students enrolled in a full-fee place can apply to transfer to a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) after completing a minimum of 48 UOC. Applications will be assessed on the results of your UNSW JD study only. See UNSW JD Awards for details.

  • Transfer from another university

We welcome applications from law students wishing to transfer to the UNSW JD from other universities but only completed qualifications will be considered in the selection process.  A maximum of 48 units of credit (1 year full time) may be awarded for completed law studies. Note that only your completed Bachelors, Masters or PhD qualifications will be taken into account for admission purposes.

Students who have completed more than 48 units of credit will receive exemption for the additional completed law subjects, but no credit. This means they will have to choose law elective courses at UNSW to make up these additional units of credit. Students should apply via UAC Postgraduate (refer to Apply page). 

International Students

The UNSW JD is open to international applicants who have completed, or are about to complete, a Bachelor's degree in any discipline. Those who have a degree in law from a different legal system may also apply for the UNSW JD.  To be eligible, you need to have achieved a credit average (65% or higher) as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Calculator. You may also be eligible for advanced standing. Please refer to the UNSW Law School Information Sheet for Students with a Law Degree from overseas wishing to practise in Australia.

English language proficiency requirements

Applicants who do not have a university degree undertaken and assessed in English must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the requirements for admission.

For further information, please visit  www.unsw.edu.au/elp