University of Sydney Handbooks - 2019 Archive

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Juris Doctor Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Juris Doctor course are intellectually rigorous, have cross-disciplinary knowledge, demonstrate master of legal subject matter, including techniques of statutory interpretation and legal reasoning, to satisfy admission to legal practice in Australia and become skilled technical lawyers. They are able to:

1. Integrate and critically apply knowledge, understanding and the skills and techniques associated with the discipline of law to effectively engage with the evolving nature of the discipline, legal profession and legal practice.

2. Define and critically analyse legal concepts and problems in their historical and contemporary context, formulate potential solutions and defend conclusions by evaluating relevant legal sources, ideas and evidence.

3. Communicate skilfully through appropriate use of media, technology and modes of communication with lawyers, clients and others, and enrich understanding and engagement of law and legal issues in various social contexts.

4. Skilfully access, synthesise, utilise and manage information through effective legal research strategies and responsible use of appropriate resources, tools, digital and other media.

5. Interact with law as a dynamic discipline by moving between disciplinary norms and conventions to re-interpret, reconstitute and reframe issues, problems, disparate ideas, observations and resources, and thereby generate novel ideas, tools, solutions and outputs.

6. Work productively, collaboratively and openly in diverse groups, settings and across cultural boundaries by making respectful, reasoned and ethical choices in personal and professional intercultural settings and through on-going self-reflection, acknowledging the culture, traditions and beliefs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other communities, and the contemporary and historical ways in which law interacts with issues of gender, race, religious belief and sexuality.

7. Integrate and synthesise legal and non-legal viewpoints and practices, drawing on their law and relevant non-law disciplinary study, and work effectively across disciplinary and professional boundaries individually and with others to produce effective outcomes.

8. Engage in self-reflection and, within a coherent ethical framework, recognise different perspectives and roles in society, and make decisions consistent with professional responsibilities.

9. As engaged and reflective professionals, initiate and lead constructive change, especially for disadvantaged groups and individuals in the community, through responsible modes of persuasion and active participation with others.