A postgraduate program

Fast facts

Course type: Postgraduate (coursework)
Availability (full-time or part-time): Full-time | Part-time
Location: Online


Course name: Juris Doctor
Duration (full-time equivalent): 3 years
SATAC code: 2CM207
CRICOS code: This online course is currently not available to international students to study externally (online) from outside Australia.


The Juris Doctor (JD) seeks to provide the academic knowledge and skills needed to embark upon a career as a practising lawyer but also was created in the knowledge that not all graduates want, or are able, to work as barristers or solicitors.

The JD is available entirely online, in external mode enabling you to balance your study with other commitments, and study from anywhere.  Each topic comprises six tasks scheduled across the semester to guide your learning. Assessment is undertaken entirely online using video conferencing and other virtual collaboration tools. 

The JD offers an innovative model of postgraduate education. It is taught in collaboration with the legal profession and provides opportunities for learning in an authentic context, with real client work experience a requirement of the course.

The design of the JD with its blended learning style and adult learning principles provides flexibility that will enable you to balance your other commitments.

What will I study?

Refer to the course rule:

Professional recognition/membership

To satisfy both the academic and practical requirements underpinning eligibility to be admitted as a barrister and solicitor in the State of South Australia students must complete both the Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Admission to practise in other States and Territories in Australia would normally be possible on completion of both courses but is formally subject to the requirements in place in those jurisdictions.

Entry requirements

Applicants normally must hold either:

  • an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in a discipline other than law from an approved tertiary institution
  • an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in law that does not entitle them to be admitted to practise law in Australia.

However, the Faculty Board may under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.


Domestic students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC
Application closing dates:

Check SATAC.




International students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: How to apply
Application closing dates:

Semester 1 - 30 November of the year preceding admission
Semester 2 - 31 May of that year.


Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Juris Doctor

Place type: Commonwealth supported
2018: $10,950

Place type: Full fee paying
2018: $25,776

2017: $27,400
2018: $28,800

Note: Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?