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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

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)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Coordinator

Email: Telephone: + 61 3 9905 3342


  • Off-campus mode is only available for candidates commencing in 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 develp some expertise in the area in which they intend to pursue their research before commencing work on their thesis.

Credit for prior studies

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 SJD seminar
  • 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