Monash Faculty of Law/Washington College of Law - Dual JD Degree

In an Australian-first agreement with a US law school, the Faculty of Law has established a dual-degree program with Washington College of Law (WCL), American University, Washington, D.C. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a Juris Doctor degree from both law schools.

The international Juris Doctor program provides an excellent opportunity to acquire valuable on-site education and skills to work as a 'local' lawyer in both Australia and the US.

The duration of the dual Juris Doctor program is four years for full-time students, which involves two years of full-time study in Washington, D.C. in order to meet the requirements of the American Bar Association. Upon completion of the dual-degree, students will be able to sit the U.S. bar examination and/or undertake Practical Legal Training in order to gain admission to practice in Victoria.

About the Washington College of Law

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The Washington College of Law (WCL), founded in 1896, has been part of American University since 1949. WCL is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is approved by the American Bar Association. The law school also meets the requirements for preparation for the bar in all 50 US states and carries the certification for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the New York State Department of Education.

Located in the northwest edge of Washington, D.C., near the Maryland state line, the law school is 20 minutes from the White House and is set within the green boundaries of a residential neighbourhood.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the dual degree program students must have:

  • An active enrolment in the Juris Doctor program at Monash
  • Students must have completed the first year (full time equivalent) of the Juris Doctor, at the time of application, however cannot commence their studies with WCL until a minimum of 54 credit points have been completed. Refer to Course map for more information.
  • A minimum credit average (60%)

Students enrolled on a part-time basis and who meet the eligibility criteria may apply for the dual JD program but must study a full-time load at WCL.

Notes:

  • Students are required to have completed a minimum of 54 credit points of the Monash Juris Doctor prior to commencing the WCL program.
  • International students who arrive Australia on an American passport are not eligible for the program.
  • Three places are available each year for the program.

Applications

>Application process

Due Dates

  • Meet the eligibility requirements

As at end of Trimester 1 2021

16 April 2021

  • Receive email confirmation of application outcome

14 May 2021

Program offer

 
  • Accept offer
    Students will receive their offer pack from Washington College of Law via email. The JD Coordinator will contact students to finalise the course progression map and provide the Monash Dual JD Deed for completion.
    Students must discontinue Trimester 3 units and return the signed Monash Dual JD Deed.

19 May 2021

 
  • Travel, accommodation and insurance
    Students are responsible for organising their own travel, accommodation and insurance. Flights and accommodation should NOT be booked before receiving an acceptance letter from Washington College of Law as the timetable dates and offerings may change.
26 May 2021
  • Organise visa
    Please refer to US Consulate Melbourne Office website for regulations and application procedure.
 
  • Commence the study at Washington College of Law
September 2021
  • The equivalent of full-time study at WCL is 12-17 credits per semester.
  • All International JD Dual Degree students must complete at least 59 credits at WCL.
  • See https://www.wcl.american.edu/registrar/ for the academic calendar.
  • Monash students are eligible to obtain credit for up to a maximum of 8 electives which are studied at WCL and which must include commercial constrained and professional electives (where approved in the Monash JD).

Please contact the ask.monash if you need further information.

Updated: February 2021