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Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Speak with Australian law school graduate who is now practicing in Canada

If you’ve always wanted to chat with an Australian law school graduate who has returned to Canada to practice, here’s your opportunity!

Speak with Australian law school graduate who is now practicing in Canada

Guest speaker Newcastle Law graduate Dave Lotimer

We know a lot of you have questions about what it’s like to make your way through the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), articling and bar processes.

After completing his law degree at the University of Newcastle, David returned to Canada to complete the NCA, articling and bar process and is now a practicing lawyer. Please join OzTREKK for an informative webinar to learn more about David’s experiences and to get the inside scoop about what it’s like to return to Canada after completing an Australian law degree.

Australian law school graduate David Lotimer will be touching on all of these areas and will be available to answer your questions during an upcoming OzTREKK webinar.

Newcastle Law School – Australian Law School Graduate Practicing in Canada
Guest: Law graduate and current lawyer David Lotimer
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)
Registration: Please email molly@oztrekk.com

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and have your questions ready!

About the University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor Program

Offered at a postgraduate level, the Juris Doctor degree prepares students to be a career-ready graduate with the skills and extensive knowledge to become a leader in Australian and global legal practice. Completing the JD will see students contribute to the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, working on real cases and providing an important service to the community. Students will also have the opportunity to contribute to the Law on the Beach program held each summer on Newcastle Beach.

Program: Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and June each year
Application deadline: No set deadline; however, candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.
Entry Requirements: Entry to the program is available to students that have successfully completed a 3-year bachelor degree in any discipline other than law, from a recognized institution.

Apply now to the Juris Doctor program at the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Don’t miss this upcoming Newcastle Law School webinar! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon molly@oztrekk.com for your registration info.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Newcastle Law students study at award-winning NeW Space

The University of Newcastle’s (UON) flagship City campus has taken out the top prize at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2018 Newcastle Architecture Awards, held on March 23.

Newcastle Law students study at award-winning NeW Space

Award-winning NeW Space Precinct (Photo: UON)

UON’s NeW Space, designed in collaboration with Melbourne-based Lyons and the Hunter’s EJE Architecture, received the top Newcastle Jury Prize as well as three further awards for Educational Architecture, Interior Architecture and Urban Design.

Chief Operating Officer Mr Nat McGregor said the awards were wonderful recognition of NeW Space’s innovative design and its impact on the flourishing Newcastle CBD.

“This recognition is a testament to the world-class building and its wider impacts on our communities, our students, staff and our business and industry partners,” he said.

“The University of Newcastle is forging a path of innovation in the ways in which we teach, engage and translate our world-class research. NeW Space will continue to play a key role in demonstrating new ways of learning, teaching and engaging with our communities and partners.”

Officially opened last year and delivering new academic and research programs in business, law and emerging fields including creative industries, innovation and entrepreneurship, NeW Space has made an impressive mark on the region.

The jury noted the vertical campus was highly impressive and “an exemplar of design for ‘new generation’ learning, urban renewal, and of civic place making, drawing together a complex brief of interlocking educational and public spaces.”

NeW Space was supported by Australian Government funding of $30 million through the Education Investment Fund Regional Priorities Round, NSW Government funding of $25 million and an investment of $40 million from UON.

Study at the Newcastle Law School

When you study law at the University of Newcastle, you’ll have access to the state-of-the-art facilities, as Newcastle Law School is now housed at the NeW Space precinct! JD students are currently enjoying the highest quality social learning spaces, digital library services and information commons, collaborative learning and research spaces, and facilities for engagement with industry, business and the community.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and July each year
Next available semester intake: July 2018
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Do you have any questions about studying at the University of Newcastle Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com for more information.

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Newcastle Law School offering free online law course

You’re interested in studying law, but you’re not 100% sure if it’s for you. Wouldn’t it be great if you could test out a free online law course before committing?

Great news: you can!

Newcastle Law School offering free online law course

Find out more about what it’s like to study at Newcastle Law School

Newcastle Law School is offering just that. If you would like to get a sense of how law courses are taught at the University of Newcastle in Australia, you might like to enroll in their free online course International Climate Change Law and Policy, which commences March 28, 2018.

This course can be accessed on the edX online platform at https://www.edx.org/course/international-climate-change-law-and-policy.

This free online law course course is effectively an introduction to Newcastle Law School’s (more detailed) masters-level course in the Law and Economics of Climate Change, which can be taken as an elective course in three of their programs:

About this course

This course will equip you with the fundamentals of international climate change law and policy. You will learn to critically assess environmental economics theory and its application to climate change policy, including the use of market-based policy approaches such as environmental taxes and emissions trading.

International Climate Change Law and Policy will discuss a range of controversial debates, reflecting the highly politicised nature of international climate change law.

The course is of particular interest to professionals in environmental and resources sectors, public policy, government sector, non-government sector and private sector (e.g., sustainability consulting).

What you’ll learn

  • Critically assess the causes of climate change and distinguish its impacts in relation to different countries and generations
  • Understand the legal principles, rules and institutions of the international climate change regime
  • Explain how markets function and fail by applying the Theory of Externalities
  • Compare and contrast Taxes and Cap-and-Trade, with a focus on efficiency and effectiveness
  • Demonstrate intercultural awareness and sensitivity to the social and economic perspectives of other nations

Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor Program

Program: Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next intake: July 2018
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Do you have any questions about this free online law course, or about studying at Newcastle Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Bond Law School launches new Free Immigration Law Clinic

Bond University has launched a new Immigration Law Clinic at the Faculty of Law, which will translate into more practical experience for Bond Law students!

Staffed by registered migration agents, legal practitioners, academics and Bond Law School students, the Clinic will provide free legal advice to vulnerable migrants and refugees who wish to remain in Australia legally.

Bond Law School launches new Free Immigration Law Clinic

Bond Law School students will now have more practical experience at the new Free Immigration Law Clinic

This could include

  • people seeking asylum in Australia;
  • refugees seeking to sponsor family members to Australia;
  • victims of domestic violence who hold a Temporary Partner visa;
  • vulnerable international students; and
  • vulnerable people with questions regarding their visa and visa eligibility.

The clinic will also be able to provide basic advice on Skilled Independent visas, Skilled Sponsor visas, student visas, graduate visas, partner visas, parent visas and other family visas.

“The Immigration Law system is complex and complicated, particularly for those with limited English, lack of finances or other vulnerabilities,” said migration agent Iracema Brunton who will set up and supervise the new clinic, in coordination with fellow migration agent, Rochelle James.

“Our team of specialist immigration agents and legal representatives, working in partnership with Bond University’s academics and law students, will be able to provide the most up-to-date advice on a range of visas issues and other referrals to relevant community organisations.”

Academic coordinator, Lindsey Stevenson-Graf says that the Clinic will also give students an opportunity to develop their practical lawyering skills.

“The clinic experience will give our students vital insights into the legal challenges faced by some of our most vulnerable new Australians, as well as allowing them to practice and improve their ‘people skills’ by dealing with real-life clients,” she said.

“There is also an opportunity for our students to take on specific cases, working on legal strategies and finding solutions, under the guidance of the supervising migration agents and qualified lawyers.”

Want to study law this May?

With three intakes per year, January, May and September, Bond Law School Juris Doctor candidates are able to apply any time throughout the year—and the LSAT is not required!

Bond University’s Juris Doctor program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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Do you have any questions about how to apply to Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

Monday, February 12th, 2018

OzTREKK Study Law in Australia information sessions with Bond University

Would you like to learn more about studying at Bond Law School, Australia?

OzTREKK is proud to host the upcoming Study Law in Australia info sessions with Bond University. Joining OzTREKK’s John Graham will be Bond University International Regional Manager Stuart Floyd, who is based in Toronto full time and is familiar with what Canadians “need to know” about studying law in Australia!

OzTREKK Study Law in Australia information sessions with Bond University

Learn more about Bond Law School at the upcoming info sessions!

Bond is Australia’s largest law school for Canadian Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws candidates. Bond has strong links with Canada and has been training Canadian lawyers for more than 20 years. There are currently more than 150 Canadian students studying law at Bond University and an active Canadian Law Students’ Association.

OzTREKK Study Law in Australia Information Sessions

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Trent University,  Gzowski College, Room 110

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Carleton University, Southam Hall, Room 404

Date: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Time: 6 – 10 p.m.
Location: Concordia University, John Molson School of Business, Conference Room 9B

Date: Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
Time: 12 – 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Location: McGill University,  SSMU University Centre, Lev Bukhman Room 203 (3480 McTavish St. )

Study at Bond Law School

Recognized as one of the top-ranked Australian law schools, Bond Law School has earned a reputation for its innovative teaching methods, international focus, skills training, and the outstanding success of its graduates. The Bond JD’s combination of excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program differentiates Bond from other institutions. It provides an exciting learning experience that both challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

With three intakes per year, January, May and September, Bond Law Juris Doctor candidates are able to apply any time throughout the year—and the LSAT is not required!

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply now to Bond Law School!

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For details about the upcoming OzTREKK Study Law in Australia info sessions with Bond University, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com.

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Ryerson Law Practice Program webinars

Graduate qualifications in law from Australian Law Schools are recognized internationally. Very often, the process of coming back to Canada to practice law causes some confusion and concern, and we are often asked, What happens after I graduate? Articling or Law Practice Program?

Ryerson University will be holding two Law Practice Program webinars. Together with the Managing Director Chris Bentley, Director Gina Alexandris, and Assistant Director, Work Placement André Bacchus, you will also hear from current and former LPP candidates.

Ryerson Law Practice Program webinars

Study law in Australia—practice in Canada

  • Monday, February 12, 2018 (12–1:30 p.m. EST)
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (6–7:30 p.m. EST)

Register now for a Ryerson LPP webinar.

About the Ryerson Law Practice Program

Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP) is the innovative eight-month licensing program available to Law Society of Ontario licensing candidates seeking to get called to the Bar in Ontario.

Practical Training (August – December)

  • Candidates work both individually and in “law firms” supported by practicing lawyers
  • Practical—files developed by practicing lawyers
  • Relevant—interview clients, conduct research, draft documents, letters and agreements, develop an approach, conduct negotiations, prepare the client, argue motions, conduct examinations and cross-examinations, and manage the client and the practice

Work Placement (January – April)

  • Candidates are trained to hit the ground running
  • Employers include major institutions, large and small firms, specialty boutiques, governments, clinics and sole practitioners throughout Ontario
  • Practical—files developed by practicing lawyers

Join an upcoming Ryerson LLP webinar and learn more about an alternative pathway to articling in Ontario from the senior leadership at the Ryerson LPP.

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If you have any questions specific to the program or the webinars, please reach out to them directly at 416-979-5000, ext. 3024 or lpp@ryerson.ca.

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Newcastle Law School students delivering complimentary legal service

What do amazing beach locations and law have in common? Why, the University of Newcastle’s Law on the Beach, of course!

Now in its 15th year, Law on the Beach runs for five weeks over summer, bringing Newcastle Law School students and lawyers from their Hunter Street location to Newcastle Beach.

Newcastle Law School students delivering complimentary legal service

Learn more about Newcastle Law School

Law on the Beach gives law students and social work students the opportunity to gain practical experience towards their degrees as they work to help members of the community.

The student-run program has provided free legal advice to hundreds of clients in a highly accessible and atypical setting, and is one of the many ways the law school develops experienced, sought-after legal graduates while at the same time providing a vital community service.

Director of the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, Mr Shaun McCarthy, said all members of the community were welcome to visit the legal clinic for free advice, but this year the centre was focusing on the younger members of the Newcastle community.

“Often young people do not have the life experience or resources to stand up for themselves in a matter involving the law. We aim to change that by providing a casual setting to have that legal conversation,” he said.

All questions and cases are welcome by the legal clinic team, from traffic fines to employment discrimination and everything in between.

University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor

Offered at a postgraduate level, the Juris Doctor degree prepares students to be a career-ready graduate with the skills and extensive knowledge to become a leader in Australian and global legal practice.

Completing the JD will see students contribute to the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, working on real cases and providing an important service to the community. Students will also have the opportunity to contribute to the Law on the Beach program held each summer on Newcastle Beach.

Program: Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and June each year
Application deadline: No set deadline; however, candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the program is available to students that have successfully completed a 3-year bachelor degree in any discipline other than law, from a recognized institution.

Apply to the Juris Doctor program at the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Questions about studying at Newcastle Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at 1-866-698-7355 or molly@oztrekk.com.

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Do you need to write the LSAT?

If you’re considering the Juris Doctor program at Melbourne Law School, or the JD at UWA Law School, you must sit the LSAT, as it is part of the assessment criteria for admission.

Do you need to write the LSAT?

Getting ready to write the LSAT?

The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. These sections include one Reading Comprehension section, one Analytical Reasoning section, and two Logical Reasoning sections. The unscored section, commonly referred to as the variable section, typically is used to pretest new test questions or new test forms. Identification of the unscored section is not available until you receive your score report.

The LSAT has three types of questions:

  1. Reading comprehension
  2. Analytical reasoning
  3. Logical reasoning

Preparing for the test

In order to perform to your true ability, you are encouraged to take the time needed to prepare for the LSAT. The LSAC website includes information on LSAT Preparation Materials, providing links to sample questions with explanations and a couple of sample LSAT tests. You are also encouraged to download the sample LSAT test online and sit it under exam conditions to decide for yourself if further preparation is needed.

LSAT test date and registration deadline

LSAT Registration: May 1, 2018
LSAT Sitting: June, 11, 2018
Score Release by Email: July 6, 2018

Please note additional dates may be added. Further information is available from the LSAT websiteLSAT scores are valid for five years and the LSAT can be sat three times in two years.

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Would you like more information about studying law at an Australian university? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Sydney Law School students excel in Tokyo moot

Team Australia, a group of law students from across six Australian universities, including Sydney Law School, have won the inaugural Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Prize for Best Performance in the English-language Arbitration round and landed second overall in the 2017 Intercollegiate Negotiation and Arbitration Competition in Tokyo.

Sydney Law School

Team Australia in Tokyo (Photo: University of Sydney)

The Australian Network for Japanese Law, a unique cross-institutional initiative including Sydney Law as a core member and Professor Luke Nottage as founding co-director, has supported Team Australia law students competing in the innovative Intercollegiate Negotiation and Arbitration Competition in Tokyo since 2005.

Hundreds of students from around 30 universities across Japan and the Asia-Pacific competed the competition held Nov. 18–19, comprising arbitration and negotiation days, with English and Japanese language divisions in each. The arbitration round concerned the mooting of a dispute governed by the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts. The negotiation round required teams to reach a deal to bring an international joint venture to fruition, teaching and testing somewhat different skills that are also essential for legal advisors in the 21st century.

Team Australia’s success is the culmination of over three months of intensive preparations by the group of law students from the University of Sydney, the Australian National University (ANJeL member), Monash University, the University of the Sunshine Coast, and the University of Western Australia. These students made up four sub-teams, competing in the Japanese language division and three in the English language division.

Study law at the University of Sydney Law School

The Sydney Law program has a strong global focus on international, comparative and transnational aspects of law. Students are required to study Public International Law and Private International Law as part of their program. The Sydney Law School equips students with the skills to work in a competitive legal environment of the 21st century, so that they can move with confidence across national boundaries when providing legal advice.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: January 18, 2018; however, it is recommended that candidates apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

  • Completed an undergraduate degree
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of at least 3.0/4.0

Apply now to the Sydney Juris Doctor!

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Find out more about studying at Sydney Law School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com for more law school information.

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Newcastle Law School academic honoured for making law accessible to all

A University of Newcastle (UON) academic has been recognised for his quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning, specifically for his leadership of the successful clinical program at the Newcastle Law School.

Newcastle Law School academic honoured for making the law accessible to all

Director of UON’s Legal Centre Shaun McCarthy (Photo credit: University of Newcastle)

Mr Shaun McCarthy, Director of UON’s Legal Centre, was presented with a 2017 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, awarded by the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT).

An advocate for innovative and multidisciplinary initiatives within the Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor, Mr McCarthy has noticeably transformed the way students think about clients and the law, while also supporting the people of Newcastle.

“I am passionate about providing people from all walks of life the means to access the law, whilst also ensuring our students have the opportunity to undertake important client casework.

“Students are exposed to vital public interest and human rights cases such as assisting refugees and investigating possible miscarriages of justice. To truly advocate for a better outcome is such a privilege and having this experience embedded in one’s practical study of the law offers our students a distinct advantage,” Mr McCarthy said.

The person behind UON’s successful Law on the Beach program, which provides free legal advice in an informal atmosphere to those who would otherwise struggle to access a service, Mr McCarthy said he was thrilled to receive a prestigious AAUT Citation.

“It is recognition of the importance that Newcastle Law School places on work integrated learning and clinical legal education. It highlights the real client experiences and opportunities law students have at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, which I am incredibly proud to be part of,” he explained.

Mr McCarthy’s teaching approach and his introduction of real life client casework into his courses has been instrumental in enabling students to acquire and foster skills in advocacy and problem solving.

“Being a lawyer is not just about text, case studies and theoretical argument. While it is those things, a great theoretical lawyer will find themselves ultimately challenged when they step into their first case if they have been a student of law in the lecture theatre only.

“I hope my work with UON has helped shape positive experiences of those I have had the pleasure to teach, as well as helped lay the foundations for long and successful careers,” he said.

Study law at the University of Newcastle

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. It is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Program: Bachelor of Laws Honours (Combined degree)
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Entry requirements: Completed a high school diploma and achieved a minimum 85% average based on the best six Grade 12 subjects.
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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If you have any questions about studying at the University of Newcastle Law School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com.