The Juris Doctor is a professional, postgraduate level law degree for graduates of disciplines other than law, or with a law degree from an overseas institution. It is your pathway to admission to legal practice, as well as a wide range of careers in government, legal and social policy, international relations and business. In this three-year full-time degree you will study 16 compulsory law courses, seven elective law courses and one prescribed elective, which cover the areas of study prescribed by the Legal Profession Admission Board. Your study will take place in student-focused seminars, facilitating debate and discussion that is pivotal to any legal vocation, and may include internships, clinics or other experiential learning. Upon your completion of this degree you will have a sound knowledge base in the discipline of Law, enabling you to proceed to the practice of law or professional work in many areas.

Program Code


UAC Code

910600 (CSP) 910601



Total units of credit (UOC)




Indicative Enrolments


Why choose this degree?

The UNSW Law School is ranked 16th in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by subject and is Australia’s leading law school, with comprehensive connections for placements and internships. At UNSW Law we offer more clinics and internships than any other Australian Law School.

Who should choose this degree?

Graduates of other disciplines who intend to pursue a career involving law choose this degree.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Lawyer

Entry requirements

The program is available to graduates or graduands of another Faculty of UNSW or another approved university. Applicants who hold only postgraduate qualifications are welcome to apply for entry to this program but must indicate this by writing to the Faculty of Law directly for consideration as well as following the usual application procedures.

For Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens, applications for the UNSW JD are online through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Go to www.uac.edu.au and click on “UAC Postgraduate”.

How to apply

Applications for domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed through the the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Postgraduate.

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