Sydney Law School FAQs

5 September 2014

What’s a Juris Doctor?
The Juris Doctor (JD) is a fairly recent program offering in Australia. The JD originated in the United States and is now offered at many Canadian institutions as well as at a number of Australian universities. It is increasingly recognised internationally as the professional entry law degree for graduates. It is a professional master’s degree by coursework for professional accreditation.

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Do I need to sit the LSAT to apply to Sydney Law School?
No, the LSAT is not a requirement and is not assessed. Even if you have completed the LSAT, it will not be assessed as part of the application process.
What is the difference between the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and the Juris Doctor (JD) offered at the University of Sydney?
Both the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and the Juris Doctor (JD) are law degrees which upon their completion enable you to apply in your jurisdiction to practice as a lawyer.
The main difference between the two law degrees is that the LLB is intended for those applicants who have not completed an undergraduate university degree. Their highest level of qualification is high school.
In order to gain admission to the JD, you must have completed an undergraduate degree prior to gaining a full offer into the program.
The JD is simply the graduate-entry version of the LLB. You must have completed an undergraduate degree before you can commence the JD. If you have not completed an undergraduate degree, then you apply to the LLB.
When can I commence my studies in the JD program at Sydney Uni?
The Sydney JD program commences in the first semester of each year, which is in late February/early March.
Which electives do I study?
You will have a wide range of electives from which to choose. There will be a strong emphasis on international law and you may choose some units from the Sydney Law School‘s extensive postgraduate coursework units of study. You will complete 7 electives and will be able to choose from 3 tables of electives.
What kind of degree is the Sydney JD?
Under the Australian Qualifications Framework the Sydney JD is regarded as an AQF level 9 Masters Degree (Extended).

About the University of Sydney Law School Juris Doctor

Sydney Law School is Australia’s first. Since its inception, it has been at the forefront of developments associated with both the teaching and research of law. Its strong sense of commitment to the fundamentals of law is combined with a commitment to innovation and the exploration of issues at the cutting edge.
The Sydney JD comprises the core legal subjects required throughout the world for professional accreditation coupled with the study of a wide range of elective subjects which allows advanced learning in both specialized fields and law in general. Teaching and learning methodology includes a wide range of formats to allow individual choice, a deep understanding of the law, independent research and the development of the skills and ethics inherent in modern professional practice.
Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: March 2015
Application deadline: October 31, 2014
To be eligible to apply to the Sydney Law School JD, you must have the following:

  • Completed an undergraduate degree;
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of at least 3.0/4.0

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