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ANU revamps JD degree

ANU revamps JD degree

Australian National University Law School, library, books, Juris Doctor degree

The Australian National University Law School will be offering a reformed Juris Doctor degree in 2019, offering greater accessibility and flexibility for both Australian and international students.

The revamped ANU Juris Doctor (JD) is designed for “graduates of non-law disciplines, or non-Australian law degrees, and is the academic qualification (in addition to Practical Legal Training) that allows students to seek admission to practice law in Australia and in some overseas jurisdictions”, a statement from ANU explained.

The changes were officially approved by the ANU’s academic board last week and will take effect from semester one 2019.

“Our new degree combines the strengths of the on-campus and online JD degrees that ANU has been teaching for some years now into a single world-class JD degree that offers students maximum flexibility and accessibility,” said Dean of ANU College of Law Professor Sally Wheeler.

Professor Wheeler added that the new program, which replaces trimesters with semesters, will also “provide teaching sessions between semesters to enable students to move their studies along if they wish”. The new program also “retains the university’s capstone experience that guarantees students practical clinical studies, internships, or a research project”, Professor Wheeler noted. 

“We have done this by allowing students the option to study full-time or part-time as well as online or on-campus, and to decide their options each semester, based on their personal circumstances,” she said.

“We are confident these changes will ensure the ANU Law School continues to be at the forefront of Australia’s best legal education."

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