The Doctor of Juridical Studies (SJD) prepares you for careers in advanced research, policy development, public service, tertiary teaching or professional leadership. The SJD will enable you to develop and acquire sophisticated skills in research and analysis, through a topic of your choice that expands legal thinking and understanding.
The SJD is suitable if you do not wish to undertake a course of study exclusively by research but are looking for higher degree studies in law that extend beyond the Master of Laws by coursework. The Sydney Law School offers you the opportunity to pursue their interests in an array of major research areas including commercial law, corporate law, criminology, environmental law, family law, international law, public law and taxation.
The degree comprises a minor coursework component and a major thesis of 75,000 words. The thesis is supervised and examined on the same criteria as the PhD. You are also required to complete three coursework units of study (total of 18 credit points) which relate to the thesis topic (lecture timetable) and three compulsory research-support units, namely Legal Research 1, 2 and 3. The coursework units are to be completed in conjunction with the thesis and research-support units.
In Australia each institution has its own application procedures and admission requirements so il would be better to contact your chosen university for an application form. To study here you'll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government so it's necessery to carefully check student visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
Entry requirements can include: the academic requirements, evidence of funds to support your study and overseas student health cover. The academic requirements you need to study in Australia depend on the level of education you want to study. Indeed, in some cases, you may need to present your results of an English language test.
You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each university you've applied to consider your application separately. This means that you may receive an offer from each course that you include in your application.
There are two steps involved in making an application to a Law research program:
EOIs are due:
Domestic students: 3 months prior to the application closing date
International students: 6 months prior to the application closing date
If you have already commenced a research degree, there are additional requirements - Transfer of research candidature.
Admission to candidature for the Doctor of Juridical Studies requires a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney with first or second class honours and/or Master of Laws by coursework from the University of Sydney completed at a level of attainment deemed appropriate by the Faculty Postgraduate Research Committee . The Dean or Associate Dean may admit to candidature an applicant who does not meet these requirements provided that the applicant holds a qualification or qualifications that, in the opinion of the Faculty Postgraduate Research Committee, are equivalent to those prescribed.
Applications for admission to candidature for the Doctor of Juridical Studies are assessed on the basis of: academic merits; satisfactory evidence of adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course; suitability of the proposed course of study and research; and availability of appropriate supervision.