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Monash University

Doctor of Juridical Science

Course code: 3380 ~ Course abbreviation: SJD ~ 3-4 years full-time, 6-8 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Law

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Off-campus (Clayton)*

    * For candidates commencing the research component only

Course description

The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) is a professional doctorate program that differs from the traditional PhD in that it combines academic research with coursework. The program is suited to those who wish to either pursue an academic career or a major academic study project such as in an area of law reform, or develop policy or theoretical perspectives in an area where they have recognised expertise.

Course structure

Students are required to complete four coursework units from the Master of Laws program at Monash; a compulsory unit (LAW7300) that involves attending seminars on advanced legal research, a 3000-word essay and presentation of the thesis proposal to a review panel; and a thesis of no more than 50,000 words. The requirements for the degree are set out in the Doctoral and MPhil Information Handbook, available from the Monash Research Graduate School website at

Contact details

Higher degrees by research coordinator: email; telephone +61 3 990 53342.