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Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) course structure

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The Monash JD has three intakes per year, January, May and August, and is taught in trimesters.

The Monash JD is taught at the Law Chambers, in the heart of Melbourne's CBD and legal precinct. The first two units provide a gradual introduction to the study of law. After completing compulsory units, students undertake elective units from Monash Law Masters programs. Master units are taught in a variety of formats; in the evenings, in intensive blocks or over the standard university semester. When undertaking these units, JD students are able to study alongside qualified lawyers and other professionals.

The course structure of the Monash JD is ordered to facilitate steady progression through the degree, and to ensure students develop the required skills and knowledge to progress through the course successfully while balancing other demands.

All students commence with two units per trimester. After two trimesters, students may:

  • undertake our 'full time course progression' taking three units per trimester over three years
  • undertake our 'standard course progression' over four years or more
  • apply to the Program Director to accelerate their progress to complete the Monash JD in two and a half years where work or other commitments permit.

Students may increase or decrease the number of units taken concurrently in order to shorten or lengthen the duration of their course. Students may also intermit their course with approval from the Program Director.

Students who receive credit/advance standing will need to discuss course progression with the Monash JD Students & Programs Coordinator.

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 Compulsory JD units, required for admission
 Electives taken from our Monash Law masters program

In order to maintain high standards in the degree and to give students the best opportunity to succeed, pre and co-requisites have been set for certain core units.

Note: LAW7470 Australian legal reasoning and methods is a prerequisite for all other JD core units.

3 year - Full-time course progression
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1
Trimester 1 - CityLAW7470
Australian legal reasoning and methods

LAW7264
Principles of criminal law and procedure

 
Trimester 2 - City

LAW7428
Principles of contract law a

LAW7266
Principles of torts
 
Trimester 3 - CityLAW7429
Principles of contract law b

LAW7267
Principles of property law

LAW7273
Principles of evidence
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2
Trimester 1 - CityLAW7269
Principles of equity
LAW7271
Principles of trusts
LAW7268
Principles of constitutional law
Trimester 2 - CityLAW7275
Principles of corporations law
LAW7270
Advanced property law
LAW7272
Principles of civil procedure
Trimester 3 - CityLAW7274
Principles of administrative law
LAW7331*
Lawyers' responsibilities
 or Elective
LAW7277
Advanced corporations law
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3
Trimester 1 - City#ElectiveElectiveElective
Trimester 2 - City#ElectiveElectiveElective
Trimester 3 - City#ElectiveElective 
4 year - Part-time course progression
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1
Trimester 1 - CityLAW7470
Australian legal reasoning and methods

LAW7264
Principles of criminal law and procedure

 
Trimester 2 - City

LAW7428
Principles of contract law a

LAW7266
Principles of torts
 
Trimester 3 - CityLAW7429
Principles of contract law b

LAW7267
Principles of property law

 
Y
e
a
r

2
Trimester 1 - CityLAW7269
Principles of equity
LAW7271
Principles of trusts
 
Trimester 2 - CityLAW7275
Principles of corporations law
LAW7270
Advanced property law
 
Trimester 3 - CityLAW7268
Principles of constitutional law
LAW7277
Advanced corporations law
 
Y
e
a
r

3
Trimester 1 - CityLAW7272
Principles of civil procedure
LAW7273Principles of evidence 
Trimester 2 - CityLAW7274
Principles of administrative law
LAW7331*
Lawyers' responsibilities
 or Elective
 
Trimester 3 - City#ElectiveElective 
Y
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a
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4
Trimester 1 - City#ElectiveElective 
Trimester 2 - City#ElectiveElective 
Trimester 3 - City#ElectiveElective 

Note:
* Students must choose LAW7331 Lawyers' responsibilities to fulfill the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner.
# Most electives are delivered in the city.
# Elective units can only be selected once the student has passed at least 72 credit point of the course. Elective units may also have other pre- and co-requisites, please check the handbook for further information.