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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Postgraduate handbook change register for details.

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law

Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleSJD
CRICOS code041543G
Total credit points required36
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Coordinator

Email: Phone: + 61 3 9905 3342


  • Off-campus mode is only available for candidates commencing the research component.


The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) is a professional doctorate program that enables students to complete a research thesis together with a selection of coursework units in a specific area of interest. The program is suited to legal professionals seeking to enhance their expertise through advanced coursework and research. The coursework units allow students to develop some expertise in the area in which they intend to pursue their research before commencing work on their thesis.

Recognition of prior learning

In some cases credit might be given for Master of Laws units completed at another Australian Law School provided that they are not counted towards a completed masters degree and approval is granted by the Faculty Research Committee and the Research Graduate School Committee.


Students are required to complete:

  • LAW7300
  • four coursework units from the Master of Laws program at Monash with a minimum average level of distinction (70 per cent) in those units
  • a thesis of approximately 50,000 words.

The full requirements for the degree are set out in the Doctoral and MPhil Information Handbook, available from the Monash Research Graduate School website at


Doctor of Juridical Science