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Juris Doctor (DJUR) - JD

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Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:3 years full-time, up to 6 years part-time 
Program articulation:

To: Master of Laws (Research)

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Professional accreditation

The Juris Doctor has been accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board, Queensland, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland as an approved academic qualification under the Supreme Court (Admission) Rules 2004 (Qld). This will partially satisfy the requirements to practise as a solicitor or barrister in Queensland, or as a lawyer elsewhere in Australia. Intending solicitors and barristers must also complete an approved practical legal training course in order to become admitted to practise law. USQ does not offer practical legal training, but advice on practical legal training programs can be obtained through Ask USQ.

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Program aims

The Juris Doctor is a graduate entry program (for non-law graduates) that provides students with the opportunity for a comprehensive study of law, not only to prepare for practice as a solicitor or barrister in Queensland but also to examine the legal process and its social, political and economic context.

The program aims to equip students with an academic qualification for professional practice.

While this is a focused program preparing students for professional practice with particular skills in applied legal research, it also builds the special capabilities that a legal education can offer, such as complex problem-solving and policy analysis.

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Program objectives

Upon completion of the Juris Doctor students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a coherent body of knowledge that includes the fundamental areas of law, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts (including international and comparative contexts), the broader contexts within which legal issues arise, the principles and values of justice and of ethical practice in lawyers’ roles, and contemporary developments in law and its professional practice

  • demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of approaches to ethical decision‐making, an ability to recognise and reflect upon, and a developing ability to respond to, ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts

  • demonstrate an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community; and a developing ability to exercise professional judgment

  • identify and articulate complex legal issues; and apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate jurisprudential and practical responses to legal issues

  • engage in critical analysis and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives

  • demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses

  • demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions, as well as to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues

  • communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences; and collaborate effectively

  • work with a high level of autonomy, accountability and professionalism; reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance; and make use of feedback, as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 09. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university three-year Bachelor degree in an area other than law, or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The graduate entry program is 24 units in total. It has two prime components: a core (21 units) and law approved courses (3 units).

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 9 years to complete this program.

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Electives/Approved courses

Choose three of the following law approved courses. Some courses are offered biennially.

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
ECO3033 Law and Economics     
ENL3007 Law and Literature   
LAW2107 Environmental Law   
LAW3110 Insolvency and Restructuring Law     
LAW3130 Revenue Law and Practice  1, 2, 3 
LAW3131 Revenue Law and Practice II     
LAW3404 Banking, Finance and Insurance Law     
LAW3405 Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Law   
LAW3406 Intellectual Property Law     
LAW3421 Family Law   
LAW3422 Succession Law     
LAW3424 Land Contracts     
LAW3441 Energy and Resources Law     
       
LAW3444 Competition and Consumer Law   
LAW3463 Private International Law     
LAW3465 Comparative Law   
LAW3466 Moot Court Bench   
LAW3467 Health Law   
LAW3468 Regional and Rural Legal Practice   
LAW3469 Australian Criminal Codes   
LAW3470 Principles of Public Law   
LAW3471 Criminology 
LAW3472 Local Government Law     
LAW3473 Construction Law 
LAW3476 Privacy and Data Protection Law     
LAW3477 Chinese Law and Society     
LAW3479 Family Violence and Child Protection Law   
PWE3000 Professional Work Experience~^  2, 3     
LAW8118 International Business Law   
LAW8701 Constitutional Human Rights     
LAW8703 Comparative Employment Law   
LAW8704 Corporate Governance Law     
LAW8705 Cross-border Litigation   
LAW8706 International Humanitarian Law     
LAW8707 International Economic Law       
LAW8708 Law of International Trade and Transport       
LAW8709 Comparative Native Title Law and Policy   
LAW8711 Law of Capital Markets    
LAW8712 Comparative Constitutional Law#   
LAW8713 Sustainable Environmental Governance     
LAW8714 Water Resources Law     
LAW8715 European Union Law   
LAW8716 Government Accountability     
LAW8717 International Environmental Law     
LAW8718 International Family Law     
LAW8719 Accredited General Mediation*     

Footnotes
~PWE3000 is not available to international students regardless of location or mode of study as it is an elective course. Australian regulations do not allow an elective work-based training course that is not a mandatory program requirement to be offered to international students.
^A student must have completed 16 units before enrolling in PWE3000.
#This course will be offered in odd-numbered years.
*LAW8719 Accredited General Mediation will be offered from 2018.

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IT requirements

For information technology requirements please refer to the minimum computing standards.

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Other program requirements

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please refer to the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure.

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Credit

Maximum credit

Credit from USQ courses credited to the Juris Doctor may be granted for a maximum of 50% of the program, that is, 12 courses.

Maximum credit for completed undergraduate courses

Credit from USQ courses creditable to the Juris Doctor may be granted for successful completion of undergraduate courses on condition that:

  1. any other requirements for the granting of credit in these guidelines are met

  2. if the student had been previously enrolled in a combined program with law at USQ or another university, and law courses were credited to the other award, credit is only granted so that, on completion of the Juris Doctor at USQ, the student will have successfully completed the equivalent of at least 6 years of full-time study

  3. subject to paragraph 2, the maximum proportion of undergraduate courses that are taken or credited towards the Juris Doctor is 50% of the program, that is, the equivalent of 12 courses.


Admission courses

Credit may be granted from a core course that deals with an area of knowledge that is set out in Attachment 1 of the Supreme Court (Admission) Rules 2004 (Qld) if:

  1. the course that was successfully completed at another university deals in substance with the topics that are set out in that area of knowledge

  2. the course was undertaken in a program that is an approved academic qualification for the purposes of admission as a lawyer in any Australian state or territory.


Credit from a course in the Juris Doctor will only be granted if:

  1. the workload for the course that was successfully completed at another university is at least 70% of the workload required for the course from which a credit is being granted

  2. at least 70% of the content of the course that was successfully completed at the other university is similar to the content of the course from which a credit is being granted.


Credit may be permitted for a limited number of courses, equivalent in content and level, successfully completed recently with a recognised institution, in accordance with USQ policy.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended enrolment patterns

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

The flexibility of this program, particularly for the distance learning students means there will be a range of enrolment patterns, and many distance learning students will have a unique enrolment pattern. Students requiring assistance should contact the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts.

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Recommended enrolment pattern - standard semester 1 intake

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
LAW5111 Advanced Australian Legal System11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in Program DJUR or Early Career Plan (16650) of Program PCBS
LAW5112 Advanced Legal Writing and Research11Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: LAW5111 or Students must be enrolled in the following program: DJUR
LAW5113 Advanced Civil Obligations A (Contract and Torts)11Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501
HIS5115 Advanced Legal History11Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501 Enrolment is not permitted in HIS5115 if LAW5114 or LAW5502 has been previously completed.
LAW5121 Advanced Criminal Law12Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501
LAW5122 Advanced Legal Conflict Resolution12Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501
LAW5123 Advanced Civil Obligations B (Contract)12Pre-requisite: LAW5113 or (LAW5601 and LAW5603)
LAW5124 Advanced Civil Obligations C (Torts)12Pre-requisite: LAW5113 or (LAW5601 and LAW5603)
LAW5211 Advanced Constitutional Law21Pre-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501
LAW5212 Advanced Equity21Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501; All other students - (LAW5113 and LAW5123) or (LAW5601 and LAW5602 and LAW5603).
LAW5213 Advanced Property and Trusts A21Pre-requisite: {(LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501} and LAW5113 and LAW5123
Law approved course 121
LAW5221 Advanced Administrative Law22Pre-requisite: LAW5211 or (LAW5701 and LAW5712)
LAW5222 Advanced Public International and Human Rights Law22Pre-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501
LAW5223 Advanced Property and Trusts B22Pre-requisite: (LAW5212 and LAW5213) or (LAW5705 and LAW5703)
LAW5224 Advanced Theories of Law22Pre-requisite: LAW5114, LAW5502 or HIS5115
LAW5311 Advanced Company Law31Pre-requisite: LAW5212 or LAW5705
LAW5312 Advanced Ethics for Lawyers31Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - LAW5121 or (LAW5605 and LAW5606); All other students - LAW5212 or LAW5705.
LAW8001 Legal Research Methodology31Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: DPHD, DJUR, LLBH, LLMR or LLMC
Law approved course 231
LAW5321 Advanced Evidence32Pre-requisite: LAW5121 or (LAW5605 and LAW5606)
LAW5322 Advanced Civil Procedure32Pre-requisite: LAW5123 or (LAW5601 and LAW5602)
LAW5323 Advanced Research Project*32Pre-requisite: LAW8001 (only for students commencing 2014 onwards)
Law approved course 332

Footnotes
*Students should have completed 16 core Law courses before enrolling in LAW5323. It is also highly recommended that this course be the last course to complete in the program.

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Recommended enrolment pattern - standard semester 2 intake

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
LAW5111 Advanced Australian Legal System12Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in Program DJUR or Early Career Plan (16650) of Program PCBS
LAW5112 Advanced Legal Writing and Research12Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: LAW5111 or Students must be enrolled in the following program: DJUR
LAW5121 Advanced Criminal Law12Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501
LAW5122 Advanced Legal Conflict Resolution12Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501
LAW5113 Advanced Civil Obligations A (Contract and Torts)21Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501
HIS5115 Advanced Legal History21Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501 Enrolment is not permitted in HIS5115 if LAW5114 or LAW5502 has been previously completed.
LAW5211 Advanced Constitutional Law21Pre-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501
Law approved course 121
LAW5123 Advanced Civil Obligations B (Contract)22Pre-requisite: LAW5113 or (LAW5601 and LAW5603)
LAW5124 Advanced Civil Obligations C (Torts)22Pre-requisite: LAW5113 or (LAW5601 and LAW5603)
LAW5221 Advanced Administrative Law22Pre-requisite: LAW5211 or (LAW5701 and LAW5712)
LAW5222 Advanced Public International and Human Rights Law22Pre-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501
LAW5213 Advanced Property and Trusts A31Pre-requisite: {(LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501} and LAW5113 and LAW5123
LAW5212 Advanced Equity31Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501; All other students - (LAW5113 and LAW5123) or (LAW5601 and LAW5602 and LAW5603).
LAW5311 Advanced Company Law 31Pre-requisite: LAW5212 or LAW5705
LAW5312 Advanced Ethics for Lawyers31Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - LAW5121 or (LAW5605 and LAW5606); All other students - LAW5212 or LAW5705.
LAW5223 Advanced Property and Trusts B32Pre-requisite: (LAW5212 and LAW5213) or (LAW5705 and LAW5703)
LAW5224 Advanced Theories of Law32Pre-requisite: LAW5114, LAW5502 or HIS5115
LAW5321 Advanced Evidence32Pre-requisite: LAW5121 or (LAW5605 and LAW5606)
LAW5322 Advanced Civil Procedure32Pre-requisite: LAW5123 or (LAW5601 and LAW5602)
LAW8001 Legal Research Methodology41Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: DPHD, DJUR, LLBH, LLMR or LLMC
LAW5323 Advanced Research Project*41Pre-requisite: LAW8001 (only for students commencing 2014 onwards)
Law approved course 241
Law approved course 341

Footnotes
*Students should have completed 16 core Law courses before enrolling in LAW5323. It is also highly recommended that this course be the last course to complete in the program.

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Recommended enrolment pattern - 3 courses per semester

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
LAW5111 Advanced Australian Legal System11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in Program DJUR or Early Career Plan (16650) of Program PCBS
LAW5112 Advanced Legal Writing and Research11Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: LAW5111 or Students must be enrolled in the following program: DJUR
LAW5113 Advanced Civil Obligations A (Contract and Torts)11Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501
LAW5121 Advanced Criminal Law12Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501
LAW5123 Advanced Civil Obligations B (Contract)12Pre-requisite: LAW5113 or (LAW5601 and LAW5603)
LAW5124 Advanced Civil Obligations C (Torts)12Pre-requisite: LAW5113 or (LAW5601 and LAW5603)
HIS5115 Advanced Legal History21Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501 Enrolment is not permitted in HIS5115 if LAW5114 or LAW5502 has been previously completed.
LAW5211 Advanced Constitutional Law21Pre-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501
LAW5212 Advanced Equity21Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501; All other students - (LAW5113 and LAW5123) or (LAW5601 and LAW5602 and LAW5603).
LAW5122 Advanced Legal Conflict Resolution22Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501
LAW5221 Advanced Administrative Law22Pre-requisite: LAW5211 or (LAW5701 and LAW5712)
LAW5222 Advanced Public International and Human Rights Law22Pre-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501
LAW5213 Advanced Property and Trusts A31Pre-requisite: {(LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501} and LAW5113 and LAW5123
Law approved course 131
LAW5311 Advanced Company Law31Pre-requisite: LAW5212 or LAW5705
LAW5223 Advanced Property and Trusts B32Pre-requisite: (LAW5212 and LAW5213) or (LAW5705 and LAW5703)
LAW5224 Advanced Theories of Law32Pre-requisite: LAW5114, LAW5502 or HIS5115
Law approved course 232
LAW5312 Advanced Ethics for Lawyers41Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - LAW5121 or (LAW5605 and LAW5606); All other students - LAW5212 or LAW5705.
LAW8001 Legal Research Methodology41Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: DPHD, DJUR, LLBH, LLMR or LLMC
Law approved course 341
LAW5321 Advanced Evidence42Pre-requisite: LAW5121 or (LAW5605 and LAW5606)
LAW5322 Advanced Civil Procedure42Pre-requisite: LAW5123 or (LAW5601 and LAW5602)
LAW5323 Advanced Research Project*42Pre-requisite: LAW8001 (only for students commencing 2014 onwards)

Footnotes
*Students should have completed 16 core Law courses before enrolling in LAW5323. It is also highly recommended that this course be the last course to complete in the program.