Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law.

Course code3380
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 mode is only available for candidates commencing in the research component.

Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Coordinator Email: Telephone: + 61 3 9905 3342

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Gideon Boas


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


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.


Successful completion of the program will signify that the holder has completed a course of postgraduate training in research under proper academic supervision and has submitted a thesis that the examiners have declared to be a significant contribution to knowledge and which demonstrates the candidate's capacity to carry out independent research.

Credit for prior studies

In some cases credit may be given for Master of Laws units completed at another Australian law school provided that they are not counted towards a completed master's degree and approval is granted by the Faculty Research Committee and the Graduate Research Committee.

Candidature rules

For all candidature rules and other important information for candidates refer to the Handbook for Doctoral DegreesHandbook for Doctoral Degrees (


This course consists of coursework study (25 per cent) and a research and thesis component (75 per cent).


Coursework component

Students must complete:

A minimum average level of distinction (70 per cent) in the four coursework units must be achieved before students can be enrolled in LAW6300. Students are not able to repeat a failed coursework unit or enrol in an additional coursework unit to replace the failed unit. Students who do not meet all requirements of the coursework component are not able to proceed to the research component and will be required to withdraw from the course in good standing. There is no alternate or lower-level exit for this course, however students who completed four coursework units in this course can reapply to undertake any Monash Master of Laws coursework course and transfer the credit to that course.

Research component

Candidates must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

(a.) carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the faculty in the candidate's chosen discipline for a specified period, including attending and/or presenting at seminars and other related activities as indicated by the faculty

(b.) submit for assessment a thesis of not more than 50,000 words on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. Submission of the thesis based on or partially based on conjointly published or unpublished work may be permitted.


Doctor of Juridical Science