Course overview

The Monash JD comprises 24 units including:

  • 16 compulsory units required for admission to legal practice
  • 8 elective units

The Monash JD can be completed in three years full-time or four years part-time. Part-time students can take up to six years to complete their JD. High achieving students can apply to complete an accelerated program in two and a half years, with approval.

We offer flexible study modes with some evening classes for part-time students where possible. Intensive electives are also offered to all students allowing for even greater flexibility.

The Monash JD is taught on a trimester basis with each trimester running for approximately 12 teaching weeks. All units are taught in a small seminar-style format that facilitates interactive learning and lively class debate.

Monash JD students are able to choose from elective units from the Monash Law Masters program from areas including:

  • Commercial and corporate law
  • Criminal law and forensics
  • Dispute resolution
  • Global society and human rights
  • Health law and community
  • Labour and employment law
  • Public sector governance and regulation
  • Technology and innovation
  • Transnational economic regulation

Monash JD graduates may be able to obtain credit for up to four units towards a masters degree, allowing them to complete a LLM within a further six months.

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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 Monash Law City Campus, in the heart of Melbourne's CBD and legal precinct.

The first two units provide a gradual introduction to the study of law.

Students can undertake elective units from Monash Law master programs after successful completion of 72 credit points (12 JD core units).  The elective FAQ provides further details.

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 full time course progression taking three units per trimester over three years
  • undertake our 'part-time course progression' taking two units per trimester over four years (up to six years maximum)
  • 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.

Preference for evening classes are given to student, who are enrolled on a part-time basis.

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.

Students who receive credit/advance standing will need to discuss course progression with the Faculty of Law student services team.

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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. Students are expected to follow the course progression map to ensure that the pre-requisites are met and class and exam timetabling are optimised.

Note:
LAW5000 Australian legal reasoning and methods is a prerequisite for all other JD core units.
LAW5004 Principles of public law and statutory interpretation is a pre-requisite for units LAW5007-LAW5015.

JD Course map - full time progression

Yr 1 Trim 1

LAW5000 Australian legal reasoning and methods

LAW5001 Principles of criminal law & procedure

Yr 1 Trim 2

LAW5002 Principles of contract law A

LAW5004 Principles of public law and statutory interpretation

Yr 1 Trim 3

LAW5003 Principles of torts

LAW5005 Principles of contract law B

LAW5006 Principles of property law

Yr 2 Trim 1

LAW5007 Principles of constitutional law

LAW5008 Principles of equity

LAW5018 Advanced property law

Yr 2 Trim 2

LAW5010 Principles of trusts

LAW5011 Principles of company law

LAW5012 Principles of evidence

Yr 2 Trim 3

LAW5013 Principles of litigation and dispute resolution

LAW5014 Principles of administrative law

Commercial law elective

Yr 3 Trim 1

LAW5015 Ethics in legal practice

Elective unit

Elective unit

Yr 3 Trim 2

Elective unit

Elective unit

Elective unit

Yr 3 Trim 3

Elective unit

Professional / Clinical Elective

JD Course map - part time progression

Yr 1Trim 1

LAW5000 Australian legal reasoning and methods

LAW5001 Principles of criminal law & procedure

Yr 1 Trim 2

LAW5002 Principles of contract law A

LAW5004 Principles of public law and statutory interpretation

Yr 1 Trim 3

LAW5003 Principles of torts

LAW5005 Principles of contract law B

Yr 2 Trim 1

LAW5006 Principles of property law

LAW5007 Principles of constitutional law

Yr 2 Trim 2

LAW5008 Principles of equity

LAW5018 Advanced property law

Yr 2 Trim 3

LAW5010 Principles of trusts

LAW5011 Principles of company law

Yr 3 Trim 1

LAW5012 Principles of evidence

LAW5013 Principles of litigation and dispute resolution

Yr 3 Trim 2

LAW5014 Principles of administrative law

Commercial law elective

Yr 3 Trim 3

LAW5015 Ethics in legal practice

Elective unit

Yr 4 Trim 1

Elective unit

Elective unit

Yr 4 Trim 2

Elective unit

Elective unit

Yr 4 Trim 3

Elective unit

Professional / Clinical elective

Note:
Students must choose LAW5015 Ethics in legal practice to fulfil the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner.
The course comprises 16 core units (96 cp) plus 8 electives (48 cp) including one Commercial law constrained elective and one Professional project constrained elective.
All subjects have 36 contact hours except for LAW5011 Principles of company law which has 42 contact hours.
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.

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