Open up a world of opportunity and possibility with the UNSW JD (Juris Doctor). The UNSW JD is the professional law degree for graduates of disciplines other than law, or with a law degree from an overseas institution. The JD provides the basis for admission to legal practice, as well as a wide range of careers in government, business, legal and social policy, or international relations.

Why choose the UNSW JD?

  • Set yourself apart with a degree from the Law School ranked 16th in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.
  • Join a mature cohort of students with proven proficiency in tertiary study.
  • Study 17 compulsory courses and 7 elective law courses giving you the depth and breadth of study to set you apart in today’s competitive careers market.
  • Enrol in an exclusively postgraduate degree for graduates of disciplines other than law.
  • Have the opportunity to apply for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) and full-fee places.
  • The JD can lead to admission to legal practice internationally and is valued by employers around the world.
  • A comprehensive and established social justice program of internships and clinical legal practice onsite at Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC) or at a range of other local and international organisations.
  • UNSW JD and Oxford University Faculty of Law have signed a memorandum of understanding to give UNSW JD students the opportunity to graduate with two internationally recognised qualifications in just three and a half years - the UNSW JD and the Oxford Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) or Masters in Law and Finance (MLF).
  • Those with a degree in law from a different legal system may also apply for the UNSW JD.
  • Study at Australia's leading Law School.

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