Study plans | Law

Study plans

The UNSW JD is a flexible program, allowing you balance your study with work or other commitments. You may complete it in the standard three year timeframe or extend the duration of the program up to a maximum of eight years to suit your circumstances. JD students can vary their enrolment from part-time to full-time and choose courses at Kensington and the CBD. Please note however that UNSW Law schedules core courses at Kensington and the CBD in accordance with these plans, and that places in CBD classes are limited.

You may choose to use the Summer Semesters to spread your course load over a full year to better balance your study and working commitments, but places in summer classes are limited. Taking an additional course over summer can lighten your workload during the main semesters.

While the entire program can be completed part time, certain courses, such as Introducing Law and Justice, clinics, internships and other electives will require daytime attendance either at our Kensington Campus or elsewhere. Some assessments will require you to observe the operation of courts or tribunals during the day.

International students must enrol in the minimum number of units of credit per semester to meet their visa requirements.

Degree study plans

When you commence your JD you will be given a study plan to help you select your courses and plan your study. The plans will show you the recommended sequence of courses, taking into account that some courses have prerequisites and as such, need to be studied in a defined order, and most international students’ plans will be slightly different.

If you commence the UNSW JD in 2018, a standard first year study plan for your program would look like this:

Study plans

If you are planning to vary your study from the standard study plans you should seek advice from Law Student Services.

PLEASE NOTE: UNSW is moving to a new academic calendar model from 2019. The new academic calendar is called UNSW3+. The new calendar will consist of three normal terms, each with ten weeks teaching, and an optional five-week summer term.
This will offer enhanced flexibility and options for students to spread their study load across three terms. Visit student.unsw.edu.au/new-calendar for more information.