The Australian National University (ANU) will introduce an online Juris Doctor degree in 2016, allowing students to gain a law degree from one of the world’s top law schools without having to relocate.
Like its on-campus equivalent, the ANU Juris Doctor Online (JDO) enables students with a Bachelor degree, in a discipline other than law, to gain the qualification needed for a career in law, legal practice and related sectors.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, said the JDO built on the University’s reputation as a leader in legal education.
“The ANU College of Law has more than 15 years experience in delivering world-class legal education online, including the University’s largest postgraduate program, the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice,” Professor Hughes-Warrington said.
“The ANU JDO responds to the considerable demand from postgraduate students around Australia who seek to study with the ANU College of Law, but are unable to relocate to Canberra.”
Dean of the ANU College of Law, Professor Stephen Bottomley, said the ANU JDO reinforced the University’s national focus and reflected its commitment to innovation and academic rigour.
“The ANU JDO will be offered alongside the University’s existing on-campus Juris Doctor program, helping us meet our remit to serve every part of Australia and expanding access to the best legal education possible,” he said.
“This includes the use of problem-based learning, an innovative teaching approach that sees students draw on existing knowledge and experience to learn from authentic, real-world legal issues.
“In doing so, the ANU JDO provides students with the practical insight, problem-solving and collaborative skills demanded by employers the world over.”
Applications for the ANU JDO open in September 2015, with the first cohort of students to commence in May 2016.