2 Years (DualDegree)
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JD / MASTER OF LAWS (JURIS DOCTOR)
WCL & MONASH UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
**STUDENTS PLANNING TO GO ABROAD FROM 2013-2015, SELECT THE APPLICATION DISPLAYING THE YEARS 2013-2014**
**STUDENTS PLANNING TO GO ABROAD FROM 2014-2016, SELECT THE APPLICATION DISPLAYING THE YEARS 2014-2015**
WCL and Monash University Law School (Monash) are offering a joint JD/Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) program. WCL students study at WCL for the first 2 years (59 credits) followed by 4 trimesters (approximately 1.5 years) in Melbourne. After completing the program, students are qualified to sit for the U.S. bar examination and/or start the Australian Practical Legal Training process.
Monash was established in 1958 and currently reports having 50,000 students enrolled, representing 130 countries, with satellite campus throughout other states of Australia as well as abroad in Malaysia, South Africa, and Europe. The University's main campus is located in a suburb of Melbourne and has approximately 2,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students attending the law school. The University's Law Chambers are located in downtown Melbourne, just a 15 minute train ride from the beach.
Following the academic tradition of the United Kingdom, Australia's law degree is an undergraduate LL. B. In recent years, several law schools in Australia have created Master of Laws ( Juris Doctor) targeted towards students who have a non-legal undergraduate degree but decide to pursue law. Many of these programs coexist with the LL. B program, with one university that has phased out the LL. B. offering completely only providing a Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) option.
The Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) Program at Monash:
Monash has a large LL.B. program and a very selective Master of Laws ( JD) program. While most classes for the undergraduate degree are held on the Clayton Campus, the JD program takes place at the Monash University Law Chambers in the legal district of central Melbourne. Dual degree students will enjoy the comfort of living and studying in downtown Melbourne, where there are many restaurants, cultural opportunities and other attractions nearby.
Because the Monash JD program is not an undergraduate degree, the student body is similar in age and background to WCL students. Additionally, the Monash LLM program also takes place at the Law Chambers, making the student body internationally diverse.
The Master of Laws ( Juris Doctor) is governed by the Australian ESOS framework. This seeks to ensure that the provision of education services to overseas students is of the highest quality. More information is available in the 'Government explanation for students' section.
(CRICOS Provider: Monash University 00008C).
Please note: If you are an International JD student at WCL and will be applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT), contact the Director before applying. A modified timeline may apply.
59 credits will need to be completed at WCL by all outgoing students and 59 credits by all incoming students. This amount includes all mandatory courses and additional requirements.
At Monash, students must complete the courses listed below and take a variable number of electives. The number of electives will depend on the classes taken at WCL and will be reviewed by Monash. WCL dual degree students should be able to complete the program of study at Monash after 4 trimesters of residence in Australia. In some cases, this may be extended to 5 trimesters if necessary.
Mandatory Classes at Monash:
- Advanced Property Law
- Principles of Constitutional Law
- Principles of Trusts*
- Principles of Evidence**
- Principles of Administrative Law
- Principles of Corporations
- Principles of Equity
- Advanced Corporations
- Lawyer's Responsibilities
Tentative Program of Study for Students Starting at Monash in Fall 2009:
T3 2009 - August to December
Principles of Equity
Principles of Trusts* or Elective
Principles of Constitutional Law
T1 2010 - Mid January to Late April
Advanced Property Law
Principles of Administrative Law
T2 2010 - Mid May to Mid August
T3 2010 - Late August to December
3 or 4 Electives
Students will pay 3 years of regular full-time tuition and fees to their home institutions. There will be no additional tuition payment to the host school. WCL students enrolled in the program will pay the same amount of tuition as regular WCL students and will remain eligible for financial aid and grants as if they studied all 3 years at WCL.
All participating students are required to have health insurance while at WCL and at Monash. Health insurance coverage is the sole responsibility of each student and students must show proof of coverage.
- Travel and housing expenses are the students' responsibility. Upon their arrival to Melbourne, Monash will provide WCL students with information on housing.
DEADLINE: The deadline for the 2013-2015 Program and the 2014-2016 Program is January 31, 2013.
Students must be admitted to WCL's regular JD program before applying online to any International JD Dual Degree program.
The online application consists of the following materials:
- Consent and release form duly signed.
- Statement of interest. Please submit a brief statement of no more than one page describing your professional interests and goals. You should include your reasons for applying for this program.
- Current resume.
- Letter of Recommendation. (Please submit a letter from a professional or academic reference. No letters from relatives.)
- Updated WCL academic transcripts.
Decisions will be made in late March.
For general questions please visit the International JD Dual Degree FAQ page.
All other questions and concerns should be directed to:
Director of Study Abroad & International Exchange
International JD Dual Degree Program
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Office of the Dean
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: [+001] 202-274-4237
Fax: [+001] 202-274-4005
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