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 14th in the world in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by subject and is Australias 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

Graduates have a broad range of career options after university. They can enter the legal profession or pursue careers in business, media, the arts, science, education, engineering, government and the not-for-profit sector, and many more.

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 UNSW Admissions Office directly for consideration as well as following the usual application procedures.

How to apply

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



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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