Juris Doctor (JD) course overview

The Monash JD is specifically designed for graduates from non-law backgrounds. Monash JD graduates are equipped with the knowledge and academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner.

The Monash JD opens doors for graduates, whether you're pursuing a career change or laying the foundation for a future profession.

Monash Law School is internationally recognised as one of the top 25 law schools in the world (QS World University Rankings).


The duration of the Monash JD is three years for full-time students and four years for part-time students. Part-time students may take up to six years to complete the degree.

An accelerated program may be completed in just two and a half years by high achieving full-time students.

Flexible study options are available, including intensive electives (all students) and evening classes (part-time students only). 

The Monash JD is taught on a trimester basis. Each trimester in the program runs for approximately 12 teaching weeks.

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The Monash JD comprises 24 units, as follows:

  • 16 compulsory units required for admission to legal practice
  • 8 elective units
All units are taught in a small seminar-style format that facilitates interactive learning and lively class debate.

The Monash JD offers a unique and exceptional breadth of elective units, including:

  • Commercial law
  • Dispute resolution
  • Government law and regulatory practice
  • Human rights
  • Intellectual property and communications law
  • International development
  • Workplace and employment law
Monash JD students are also able to choose from elective units from the Monash Law Masters program.

Elective units are taught in a variety of formats: intensive or semi intensive blocks or over the standard university semester.

Monash JD graduates may be able to obtain credit for up to four units towards a masters degree, and thereby completing the latter within a further six months.

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Admission to practice

The Monash JD meets the current academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia.

In addition, graduates must meet the practical legal training required for admission.

Practical experience can be gained via either:

  • 12 months of Supervised Workplace Training (SWT/Traineeship); or
  • a practical legal training course.

For more information see the Law Institute of Victoria.

Once you have completed the practical requirements, you may apply to the Supreme Court of Victoria for admission.

If you're a qualified legal practitioner from a country outside of Australia please find more information on admission to practice law in Australia.

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