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RMIT has a long history with legal education beginning with the Articled Clerks Course, from 1962 to 1978 and continues its contribution today with the Juris Doctor Program.

The Articled Clerks Course at RMIT provided an avenue of alternative entry to the law for working men and women. It was established in 1962 by His Honour Justice Tom Smith, Judge of the Victorian Supreme Court from 1950-1973 and Chairman of the Articled Clerks Course from 1962 until to 1973. The course is held in high regard by the legal profession, with several senior figures in the law having obtained their qualifications through the RMIT course. Graduates of the course have become barristers, magistrates, Queen’s Counsel and judges in the Country Court and Court of Appeal.

Former Victorian Attorney General and Deputy Premier Rob Hulls launched the RMIT Juris Doctor Program in 2007 is also a graduate of the Article Clerks course.   The Juris  Doctor Program at RMIT offers a flexible, after-hours law program with a practical focus. In partnership with Open Universities Australia the program is provided online to distance students.  There are now over 250 graduates from the program.


Rob Hulls opened the Centre for Innovative Justice (CIJ) in 2012. The CIJ aims to research, develop, teach and promote innovative ways of delivering justice. The CIJ  has become an integral part of the Juris Doctor program, delivering high quality practical legal education to the RMIT JD students. 

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