Griffith University

Juris Doctor



University Location Gold Coast, Queensland
City Population 600,000
Student Population 50,000
Int'l Student Population 8,500
Main Campus Gold Coast
Program Campus Gold Coast
Program Duration 2 – 3 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $39,000 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)**
Semester Intake February, July, November
Next Available Intake July 2022 (can be started online, in Canada)***
Application Deadline No set deadline*


Griffith Law School is ranked among the world’s top law schools and offers a dedicated graduate program for Canadian students pursuing a career in Australia or Canada. Griffith is ranked in the world’s top 100 law schools (QS World University Rankings), and #33 in the world according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 – Law.

Griffith Law School offers a professional legal curriculum that focuses on core areas of legal practice and the legal skills that lawyers must have. You will have the opportunity to choose law electives based on your interests, including clinical courses that emphasize practical legal skills, insights, and experience.

Have a look at what fellow Canadians (and a former OzTREKK student) have to say about the Griffith law program.


The Juris Doctor program will prepare you for a rewarding career. It is an alternative to the Bachelor of Laws for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

You will make connections between law and ethics, legal theory, Indigenous issues, and internationalization. You will also develop interdisciplinary understandings of law and legal work.

Griffith offers elective Canadian Law courses at the Gold Coast campus that count toward your degree and prepare you for the NCA exams. You will learn from experienced lecturers who can guide you through what’s involved and give you personalised advice on how to prepare.

If you complete the major in Canadian Law you, will be eligible for entry into the legal profession in Canada’s common law provinces, when accompanied by a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

The Griffith Canadian Law Students’ Association (GCLSA) is also there to support you and give advice on making the most of studying on the Gold Coast. Whether you want to find a study group, network with graduates, or just enjoy Canadian Thanksgiving (or hockey) with new friends, the GCLSA is run by Canadian students for your benefit and well-being.

As a Griffith Law student, you will receive support and advice from the Canadian Law Student Association and enjoy regular mentoring meetings with the Deputy Head of School for Learning and Teaching.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed degree with a minimum GPA of 2.7/4.0 (approximately 70%).

The Griffith JD has 2- and 3-year program options.

Canadian Accreditation Accelerated Pathway
Graduate in 2 years (6 trimesters): students who choose to enroll in the Canadian Law elective areas will complete these courses over Griffith’s Summer Semester (Trimester 3), allowing them to graduate in 2 years rather than 3. Please contact OzTREKK to learn more about this option.

Admission Timeline

*While there is no set application deadline, you are encouraged to apply a minimum of six months prior to the program start date.

**Based on 2 trimesters per year (3-year program option).

***Please contact OzTREKK’s Law Admissions Officer at for more information about beginning your courses online.


“I’m so glad I made the decision”

I never imagined I'd have the courage to move to a new country and study law but I'm so glad I made the decision. I've learned a lot about myself and grown as a person. The staff is very helpful. Reach out to the Griffith Canadian law students association for additional advice and to guide you when you arrive/throughout your studies. It has worked wonders for me.

Abdullah K
Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Griffith University, 2019

“My mind is blown”

Griffith is an amazingly supportive university. My mind is blown. Can't say I've experienced this type of accommodation elsewhere (and totally unexpected).

Tyler J
Griffith University, 2019