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.
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.
Students should have completed 16 core Law courses before enrolling inLAW5323. It is also highly recommended that this course be the last course to complete in the program.
Choose three of the following Law electives. Some law elective courses are to be offered biennially. Students will be advised of the law elective courses on offer for each year.
Applicants to the Juris Doctor program are required to have graduated with a three-year undergraduate degree or equivalent in an area other than law from a recognised institution. International applicants must have met the University's English language requirements or have completed the University's University's ELICOS/EAP programs. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 570 TOEFL iBT® test: 90
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.