Bringing together the academic rigour of ANU with the accessibility of online study, the ANU Juris Doctor (Online) responds to the increasing demand from part-time students seeking to study with one of the world’s top ranked law schools, but who are unable to relocate to Canberra or attend on-campus lectures.
Like its on-campus equivalent, the ANU JD (Online) allows students with a non-law Australian bachelor degree, or international equivalent, to gain the legal qualification needed for a career in law, legal practice and related sectors. Students studying online or on campus graduate with the same Juris Doctor qualification.
Through the ANU JD (Online), you’ll be introduced to the concepts of law – and the frameworks and institutions that underpin it – before expanding expertise and deepening your understanding in key (compulsory) topics such as evidence, litigation, dispute management, corporations law, property law and international law.
Once you’ve completed the compulsory subjects of the ANU JD (Online), you can select from a wide array of elective courses – including a new capstone experience designed especially for students studying online – to help strengthen your knowledge in specific legal areas.
Students who have undertaken previous study that is relevant to the JD (Online) at ANU, can request to receive course credit for electives only. Status is not available for compulsory courses. Further information can be found on the Credit (Status) Policies and Procedures page.
A new approach to legal education
The ANU JD (Online) is the first Australian law degree to use Problem-Based Learning (PBL) online. We have specifically chosen this approach to challenge and respect the life experiences that our part-time JD students will bring to this program.
Using scenarios modelled on real-world issues and challenges, PBL encourages you to draw on your existing knowledge (and that of your peers) to investigate, research and learn how to ‘solve’ legal problems – an essential skill required when working in legal practice and other professional environments.
In addition, the ANU JD (Online) brings further innovation to the legal education by ‘clustering’ – or simultaneously teaching – complementary areas of law, and removing traditional silos between core topics in the curriculum.
For example, through a clustered approach, ‘Criminal Law’ is taught with ‘Evidence’ – rather than having each subject covered at a different stage of the degree – helping you better understand the rich complexity of interactions and inter-relationships in law.
Online, but not forgotten
Although the ANU JD (Online) overcomes the barriers of distance and allows you to become part of one of the world’s best law schools regardless of your location.
By creating tailored, supportive learning experiences from day one, the ANU JD (Online) enables you to be part of a dynamic and highly connected group of students, teachers and researchers, and have direct access to legal experts and resources often otherwise inaccessible to law students in Australia.
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To see the scheduling of the compulsory and elective courses in your program, see our Law course finder page, and tick the relevant box(es).
Mode of delivery
* Your elective choices include online, on-campus and intensive (3-5 days) courses across a variety of specialist areas of law.
Admission to practice
The ANU JD (Online) is currently being reviewed by the ACT Admissions Board, and is expected to meet the requirements for a legal qualification that allows graduates to apply for admission to legal practice.
Before you can practice law in Australia, you must complete practical legal training (PLT). Building on your Juris Doctor, PLT provides the practical skills and knowledge you’ll need as a legal professional, and allows you to be admitted as a lawyer.
After I graduate
As a legal qualification known and valued around the world, the Juris Doctor – whether undertaken on-campus or online – offers graduates myriad career paths in and outside of law.
While everyone will have their own reason, many students choose to study the JD as a means to embark on a new career direction (especially in terms of wanting to become a lawyer and practice law) or to build and advance their existing career through a deeper understanding of law, and the impact it has in their respective field.
Since the introduction of the JD at ANU in 2008, graduates of the program have found career success in an incredibly diverse range of sectors and professional occupations. These include ‘traditional’ roles in legal practice – such as a lawyer, solicitor or barrister – through to leadership opportunities in management, business, commerce, international affairs, administration, technology and communications.
Whatever their career direction, graduates quickly discover the skills and capabilities gained through their JD – particularly in critical thinking, research, analysis, communication and the construction of reasoned argument – have considerable versatility and strong appeal to prospective employers. In particular, the recognition and reputation of the JD in North America, Asia and Western Europe make it an especially valuable qualification for students seeking to build their careers in these regions.
In addition, your ANU JD will see you join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 17,700 professionals in Australia and around the globe.
Experts who will teach the program
With particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law, international law, environmental law, migration law, governance and national security, our academic staff are frequently called on by parliamentary committees, peak bodies, professional associations and the media for analysis, advice and guidance on the law, and what might be done to improve it.
Many of our expert research staff are also award winning teachers who are are always accessible and work closely with you to ensure you successfully complete your studies. We have created a supportive and nurturing environment in which you can thrive.