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Juris Doctor DJUR

Program focus

The Juris Doctor is a graduate entry program (for non-law graduates)
that provides students with the opportunity for a comprehensive study
of law to prepare for practice as a solicitor or barrister in Queensland,
or a legal practitioner in another Australian jurisdiction.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available


3 years full-time, up to 6 years part-time

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 (Legal Practitioner Admission) Rules 2004 (Qld).
This will partially satisfy the requirements to practise as a solicitor
or barrister in Queensland, or as a legal practitioner elsewhere in
Australia. Intending solicitors and barristers must also complete
an approved practical legal training course in order to become admitted
to practice. USQ law graduates have the option of completing their
practical legal training through a one-year traineeship in a law practice,
or through an institution that offers a practical legal training qualification.

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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 understanding of the theoretical framework of
    subject areas of study

  • apply theoretical knowledge, concepts and principles to areas
    of practical significance

  • research legal issues at an advanced level

  • critically appraise law reform trends and recent developments
    and assess their impact upon legal practice and public policy

  • demonstrate advanced communication, problem-solving and analytical

  • satisfy academic admission requirements for legal practice in
    Queensland (subject to accreditation).

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Program structure

The graduate entry program is 24 units in total. It has two
prime components: a core (20 units) and law electives (4 units).

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Core courses

All students are required to complete a core of 20 single-unit
courses. The purpose of the core courses is to expose law students
to fundamental legal concepts and methods in legal research and reasoning.

Course Semester/Mode of Offer Toowoomba Campus Semester/Mode of Offer Springfield Campus
LAW5501 Advanced Legal Process and Research S1, S2 S1, S2
LAW5502 Advanced Law in Context S2 S2
LAW5601 Advanced Contract A S1 S1
LAW5602 Advanced Contract B S2 S2
LAW5603 Advanced Torts A S1 S1
LAW5604 Advanced Torts B S2 S2
LAW5605 Advanced Criminal Law A S1 S1
LAW5606 Advanced Criminal Law B S2 S2
LAW5607 Advanced Company Law S1 S1
LAW5701 Advanced Constitutional Law A S1 S1
LAW5702 Advanced Administrative Law S2 S2
LAW5703 Advanced Property Law A S1 S1
LAW5704 Advanced Property Law B S2 S2
LAW5705 Advanced Equity S1 S1
LAW5706 Advanced Trusts S2 S2
LAW5708 Advanced Evidence S1 S1
LAW5709 Advanced Procedure S2 S2
LAW5711 Advanced Legal Professional Practice and Ethics S1 S1
LAW5712 Advanced Constitutional Law B S2 S2
LAW5713 Advanced Capstone Project* S2 S2

*Students are expected
to have completed at least 16 core law courses before enrolling in LAW5713. It is also highly recommended that
this course be taken in the last semester of the students' enrolment
in the program.
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Elective courses

The 4 Law elective courses may be selected from any of the electives
listed below.

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus Semester/mode of offer Fraser Coast campus
LAW2107 Environmental Law S2 S2
LAW2206 Legal Conflict Resolution S1 S1
LAW2301 e-Law S1
LAW3110 Insolvency and Restructuring Law S2
LAW3130 Revenue Law and Practice S1, S2, S3 S1S1
LAW3131 Revenue Law and Practice II S2
LAW3210 Theories of Law S1 S1
LAW3404 Banking, Finance and Insurance Law
LAW3405 Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Law
LAW3406 Intellectual Property Law
LAW3421 Family Law S2
LAW3422 Succession Law S3
LAW3424 Land Contracts
LAW3441 Natural Resources Law S3
LAW3442 Workplace Law S2 S2
LAW3443 Public International Law S1 S1
LAW3444 Competition and Consumer Law
LAW3462 International Human Rights Law
LAW3463 Private International Law S2
LAW3464 International Trade Law S1
WIL3000 Work Integrated Learning - Law* S1, S2 S1, S2
LAW5504 Comparative Law and Business S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3

*A student must
have completed at least half of the core law courses before enrolling
in WIL3000.

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