UNSW JD program | Law

UNSW JD program

Program code: 
Units of credit: 
144 uoc
No. of courses: 
16 compulsory courses, 7 elective courses, 1 prescribed elective
3 years full time, part time also available
Semester start: 
Term 1 & Term 3 2019
Additional entry requirements: 
Bachelor degree or higher in any discipline other than law - minimum credit average (70% or higher). Those with a law degree from a different legal system may also apply.
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Program overview

The UNSW JD is the professional law degree for graduates of disciplines other than law. The UNSW JD can be used as a basis for admission to legal practice.

Program structure

The UNSW JD program has been designed to provide you with a sophisticated understanding of core legal concepts and fulfils the requirements for admission to legal practice.

A total of 144 units of credit (UOC) are required for the award of the UNSW JD degree.

  • 16 compulsory core law courses - 96 UOC
  • 7 elective law courses - 42 UOC
  • 1 prescribed elective law course - 6 UOC
  • Total 144 UOC

The foundation compulsory course, Introducing Law and Justice, is studied on an intensive basis one week prior to the start of other first year law subjects. This enables you to acquire the basic conceptual tools needed to study the substantive law subjects, such as principles of statutory interpretation and how to read and interpret case law. This course continues into Semester 1, along with the rest of your foundational courses.

A distinctive feature of the UNSW JD is the depth of study of the law we offer. You will undertake 7 electives subjects in areas of particular interest to you. This could include internships, clinical programs and our two week short courses overseas.

Core courses

Foundational compulsory courses

  • Introducing Law and Justice
  • Crime and the Criminal Process
  • Principles of Private Law
  • Principles of Public Law

Middle stage compulsory courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Laws
  • Law in the Global Context
  • Lawyers, Ethics and Justice
  • Resolving Civil Disputes
  • Torts

Advanced stage compulsory courses

  • Business Associations
  • Court Processes, Evidence and Proof
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Federal Constitutional Law
  • Land Law

Prescribed elective

  • Law and Social Theory/ Legal Theory/ Theories of Law and Justice/ Legal Experimentalism

Elective courses

An advantage of the UNSW JD program is that you are able to choose from postgraduate subjects as well as JD electives, allowing you the chance to study alongside both undergraduate, JD and Masters students. For a full list of elective subjects, refer to the UNSW Handbook.