Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

La Trobe's Juris Doctor gives you the knowledge and practical skills to excel as a legal professional. Build strong foundations for your legal career with our core subjects and develop specialist knowledge with our electives, each designed in collaboration with judges and senior lawyers. Prepare yourself for a big city legal experience, benefitting from small evening classes at our City Campus in the heart of Melbourne's central business district and court precinct. Take advantage of La Trobe Law School's prestigious alumni network and partnerships with leading firms, government, and community organisations to develop practical skills in a real-world legal environment and nurture connections with the profession. Champion social justice and give back with a placement in the La Trobe Legal Clinic, providing services to disadvantaged communities in Melbourne's north.


Complete a total of 360 credit points comprising 16 law core subjects and 8 law electives. Complete three years of equivalent full-time study. The accelerated option allows full-time domestic and international students to complete the degree in less than three years by completing electives in Summer and Winter Semesters.


  • First Year Subjects: Academic Integrity Module
  • Contract Law A
  • Contract Law B
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Legal Process, Methods and Institutions
  • Principles of Criminal Law
  • Principles of Tort Law
  • Property Law
  • Statutory Interpretation

Standard entry requirements

  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - An Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or approved equivalent qualification with at least a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5 on a 7-point scale and a personal statement will be considered for an offer. The personal statement should address reasons for seeking to study law, relevant employment experience, relevant skills to enable the student to study law, and evidence of contribution to the community.
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - An Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or approved equivalent qualification with at least a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.5 on a 7-point scale meets the requirements to be considered for an offer.
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - An Australian or equivalent Bachelor


The Juris Doctor course includes the subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board to meet the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession in Victoria as an Australian lawyer. Admission to the legal profession by the Supreme Court of Victoria also requires the completion of practical legal training via either a 12-month period of supervised legal training or completion of an approved practical legal training course (for example, at the Leo Cussen Institute or The College of Law). Candidates for admission to practice must also satisfy the Admissions Board that they are a fit and proper person to be admitted to practice. International students are advised to obtain assurance of recognition of the course by the relevant professional bodies in their preferred country of practice. International graduates require a relevant visa to complete a practical legal traineeship and a supervised workplace traineeship in Australia. Please contact the Australian Department of Immigration for details. Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. For further details, including admission to the legal profession and/or relevant visa requirements, please contact the professional body for details.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne (City) International: $126,000 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Melbourne (City).

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning. Fees correct Friday, Sep 30 2022

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