Course Structure - before 2018

The course structures below are for students who commenced the JD before 2018.

Changes for 2018

Torts

From 2018 onwards Torts (LAWS50025) will be taught in Semester 1 (instead of Semester 2) and from 2019 onwards there will be no intensive availability in November (last intensive offering will be November 2018). Current students who have not taken Torts as yet should take these changes into account in course planning.

Dispute Resolution

From 2019 onwards Dispute Resolution (LAWS50027) will no longer be taught. Current students who have not yet taken Dispute Resolution should plan to complete this subject in 2018.

Legal Ethics

From 2020 onwards Legal Ethics (LAWS50038) will no longer be taught. Current students who have not yet taken Legal Ethics should plan to complete this subject in 2018, or in 2019.


Standard 3 Year Course Structure

The standard three-year course format enables students to take advantage of other educational, professional and social opportunities during the summer and winter breaks, including seasonal clerkships, international exchanges, internships, mooting and Law Review editorial work.

* This subject will be offered alternatively as an intensive during late November-December.

^ See changes for 2018 onwards


Extended 3.5 Year Course Structure

This format enables students to take advantage of other educational, professional and social opportunities during the summer and winter breaks, including seasonal clerkships, international exchanges, internships, mooting and Law Review editorial work.

* This subject will be offered alternatively as an intensive during late November-December.

# To complete in 3.5 years, this elective will need to be undertaken in Semester 1 (4th year), Winter (4th year), in an earlier semester or as an earlier intensive in Winter, November or Summer.

^ See changes for 2018 onwards


Extended 4 Year Course Structure

This format enables students to take advantage of other educational, professional and social opportunities during the summer and winter breaks, including seasonal clerkships, international exchanges, internships, mooting and Law Review editorial work.

* Students who are intending to undertake Torts in their second year are advised to contact the Academic Support Office, who can arrange for any appropriate prerequisite waivers for second year subjects.

# Deferring Remedies is only available to those students who are undertaking the four year degree who have deferred Torts to the second semester of their second year and as a consequence, defer Remedies to the second semester of their third year.

^ See changes for 2018 onwards


Accelerated 2.5 Year Course Structure

The Melbourne JD can also be accelerated by students with outstanding results with approval from the Law School. While students are encouraged to take advantage of other educational, professional and social opportunities, the ability to participate in all of these possibilities will be limited due to the accelerated nature of this course plan.

Course Acceleration - Important Information

Time of year Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
January/February
(Intensive)
 Elective
in Year 2 or Year 3
Elective
in Year 2 or Year 3
February
(Intensive)
Legal Method and Reasoning
(Foundation subject)
  
Semester 1Dispute Resolution ^ Administrative Law Elective
Obligations Property Elective
Principles of Public Law Trusts Elective
 Elective Elective or Legal Ethics ^
July
(Intensive)
Evidence and Proof # Legal Ethics ^ or Elective  
Semester 2Constitutional Law Corporations Law  
Contracts Criminal Law and Procedure  
Legal Theory Legal Research  
Torts * ^ Remedies *  
November
(Intensive)
Elective
in Year 1 or Year 2
Elective 
in Year 1 or Year 2
 

* This subject or another compulsory subject from this semester will be offered alternatively as an intensive during November. Accelerating students should undertake this subject during Semester 2.

# Elective subjects offered each year vary, with only a small number of electives being suitable for students in winter of Year 1. In some years a suitable elective may be available in winter of Year 1, in which case Evidence and Proof could be taken in Year 3 instead of one of the electives listed above in Year 3.

^ See changes for 2018 onwards


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