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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Don’t miss the upcoming pre-departure webinar for new Bond University students!

Calling all semester 3 Bond University Juris Doctor and Master of Occupational Therapy students! You’ve got lots to do before you book your flight to the Gold Coast. This is where OzTREKK comes in.

Don't miss the upcoming pre-departure webinar for new Bond University students!

Don’t miss your pre-dep webinar July 30

OzTREKK is proud to support our students from start to finish, so that means we help you with your application, your offer, your acceptance, your pre-departure preparations—and your arrival!

Since our Bondies are scattered across Canada, we will be hosting a pre-departure webinar on Tuesday, August 1 at 8 p.m. to connect everyone together. Just like the in-person, pre-dep seminars, the webinar is a great opportunity to get prepared for this exciting, new step in your life!

Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Time: 8 p.m. (EST)
Venue: Online

The webinars provide an excellent avenue to learn more about the Australian student visa process, your accommodation options, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), travel arrangements, banking and finances, and general info about the Australian lifestyle and culture. Essentially, the session breaks down what to do prior to leaving Canada and what to do upon arrival in Australia.

This is your chance to get your questions answered—and reassure your family members to boot!

Remember, there is no such thing as a silly question: If you are wondering about how to get a cell phone, you can bet everyone else is, too. Questions are via chat, so ask away, Bondies!

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Make sure to contact your OzTREKK admissions officer if you have not yet received your Bond University pre-dep webinar log-in info!

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Melbourne Law School alumnus’ donation supports new Centre on Statelessness

One of the most significant gifts in the University of Melbourne Law School‘s history will establish the world’s only academic centre devoted to the problem of statelessness.

Peter and Ruth McMullin made the public announcement of their intended donation at a gala dinner to celebrate the 160th anniversary of teaching law at Melbourne. Mr McMullin is a Melbourne Law School alumnus.

Melbourne Law School alumnus' donation supports new Centre on Statelessness

Ruth and Peter McMullin (Photo: University of Melbourne)

“Ruth and I congratulate the Melbourne Law School on its global leadership in establishing the Centre and it is our pleasure to support it,” he said.

“In our opinion, policy solutions need to be found to address the mounting issue of statelessness around the world, and we look forward to them being developed through the work of the Centre.

“We all need to contribute where we can to strengthen valuable institutions like the University of Melbourne in the current global environment.”

University of Melbourne Chancellor (and fellow Melbourne Law School alumnus) Allan Myers said the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness was one of the most significant and visionary philanthropic initiatives in the history of the Melbourne Law School.

Mr Myers said the Centre on Statelessness would examine the causes and extent of statelessness around the world, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

“It will work with governments, the not-for-profit sector and the United Nations towards the elimination of statelessness and it will work to protect the rights of stateless people,” he said.

“The Centre will engage in research, teaching and training, supporting public policy and law reform, and raising public awareness and understanding of statelessness.”

Mr Myers said the Centre would begin in 2018 under the leadership of Professor Michelle Foster, a globally respected University of Melbourne scholar in refugee and human rights law.

“A child is born into statelessness every 10 minutes and stateless people are vulnerable to a wide range of legal disabilities in many countries which may limit their right to education, employment, travel and even marriage,” he said.

“The Melbourne Law School is proud to establish a centre that will play a critical role in worldwide efforts to eliminate statelessness and to protect the rights of stateless people.”

The donation was made through Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbournewhich helps fund life-changing research, gives bright students the chance to excel and funds projects that improve communities.

University of Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor program

The University of Melbourne’s JD is designed specifically for graduate students. The program is highly regarded both nationally and internationally. It leads to admission to the legal profession in all Australian jurisdictions and can also be used as a basis for seeking admission in many jurisdictions overseas. The curriculum for this law program allows students to build the core skills essential to a wide range of legal and professional careers, and gives them the opportunity to tailor their studies to areas of particular interest through elective subjects.

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Intake: February
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)
Application Deadline: Melbourne Law School has a general application deadline of November 30 each year. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
  • completed the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

Apply to the University of Melbourne Law School!

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Learn more about Melbourne Law School! Email OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Have you applied for a Sydney Juris Doctor scholarship?

Did you know the University of Sydney has two international scholarships available for future Sydney Juris Doctor students?

International students commencing the JD program at Sydney Law school for the semester 1 2018 intake are invited to apply for the following scholarships:

Have you applied for a Sydney Juris Doctor scholarship?

Study law at the University of Sydney

  1. C.A Coghlan and A.N Littlejohn Scholarship for the Juris Doctor
  2. The Wigram Allen Scholarship for the Juris Doctor

The C.A Coghlan and A.N Littlejohn Scholarship was made available by the generosity of two benefactors of the Sydney Law School. JD applicants will also be considered for both the C.A Coghlin and A.N. Littlejohn Scholarship.

Value: $18,000
Duration: Tenable for up to 3 years
Close Date: November 2017

The scholarship is competitive and awarded on merit to the most outstanding applicant assessed against the following criteria:

  • Past academic achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing service to the community

The Wigram Allen Scholarship encourages the study of law, and is open to international applicants commencing the Juris Doctor at the University of Sydney Law School.

Value: $6,000
Duration: Tenable for 3 years
Close Date: November 2017

The scholarship is conditional on the recipient meeting all requirements of the program, and subject to satisfactory academic progress deemed to be a WAM of 65% each semester.

Recipients must maintain a full-time enrolment (24 credit points) per semester through the tenure of their scholarship. Requests to hold the scholarship part time will only be approved under exceptional circumstances, such as a medical condition which limits the student’s capacity to undertake full time study.

About the University of Sydney Law School Juris Doctor

The University of Sydney Law School is Australia’s first. Since its inception, it has been at the forefront of developments associated with both the teaching and research of law. Its strong sense of commitment to the fundamentals of law is combined with a commitment to innovation and the exploration of issues at the cutting edge.

The Sydney JD comprises the core legal subjects required throughout the world for professional accreditation coupled with the study of a wide range of elective subjects which allows advanced learning in both specialized fields and law in general. Teaching and learning methodology includes a wide range of formats to allow individual choice, a deep understanding of the law, independent research and the development of the skills and ethics inherent in modern professional practice.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: March
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Ready to do this? Apply now to Sydney Law School!

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Find out more about the Sydney Juris Doctor scholarships! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Griffith Law School ranked in the global top 50

Law at Griffith has gained significant recognition in the latest ShanghaiRankings’ Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017.

Law (which includes criminology in this ranking) came in at number 38 after the ARWU evaluated 4000 universities in 52 subjects across natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences.

Griffith Law School ranked in the global top 50

Griffith Law School Dean, Professor Pene Mathew (photo: Griffith University)

Griffith Law School Dean Professor Pene Mathew said it was a fantastic result.

“This ranking places Law at Griffith first in Queensland, recognising the high quality of both our researchers and students,’’ she said.

“The ARWU takes into account a range of indicators of quality research, including publications in quality journals and number of citations, thus demonstrating the high quality of legal research at Griffith University.”

Associate Professor Michael Townsley, Head of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, said Criminology at Griffith has long been recognised as one of the best nationally, but the ARWU ranking indicates their strength is recognised internationally.
“The Griffith criminology community has an established international reputation for conducting research on important social problems. Our work has impacted the academic discipline and society in numerous ways, which is reflected in our ranking.”

Research scholarship

Professor Don Anton, Director of the Law Futures Centre at Griffith, said the result reflected the outstanding research produced by legal scholars at the Griffith Law School.

“We are aiming to demonstrate our research is ERA 5 quality—above world-class—and this ranking helps to confirm we are succeeding.”

The university also ranked 101–150 for Social Science, seventh in Australia.

“We are especially pleased with the strong endorsement of our strengths in social science as we have invested strongly in this area across the past decade,” said Professor Paul Mazerolle, Pro Vice Chancellor (Arts, Education & Law).

“This area’s strength positions Griffith to confront many of the social problems and challenges we face as a society.”

Griffith had four disciplines in the top 50 list: Hospitality & Tourism Management ranked 2nd, Nursing ranked 14th, Marine/Ocean Engineering ranked 28th.

The university ranked ninth in Australia for the number of subjects mentioned (30) and had eight subjects featured in the Top 100.

About the Griffith Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)

The Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry) at Griffith Law School offers a professional legal curriculum that focuses on core areas of legal practice and the legal skills that lawyers must have. You will have the opportunity to choose law electives based on your interests, including clinical courses that emphasise practical legal skills, insights and experience. You can also double your career options, without doubling your study time, by completing a double degree. You’ll study two Griffith degrees simultaneously, giving you the career advantage of a special combination of skills.

  • Laws/Arts
  • Laws/Business
  • Laws/Commerce
  • Laws/Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Laws/Government and International Relations
  • Laws/International Business
  • Laws/Psychological Science
  • Laws/Science (Environment)

Program: Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date to allow time for the pre-departure process.

Apply to Griffith University Law School!

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Find out more about these information sessions and about studying at Griffith Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

University of Newcastle opens NeW Space facility

The University of Newcastle’s (UON) $95-million NeW Space facility will soon be welcoming students and the community, with staff moving into the building last week.

Staff at NeW Space

Staff at NeW Space (Photo: University of Newcastle)

UON Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said this first stage in the transition of staff and students was an exciting milestone for the university.

“Over the past four years, we have watched this remarkable building take shape in the heart of the CBD, visibly transforming the Newcastle skyline and contributing to the renewal of our city and region,” Professor McMillen said.

“Opening the doors to our staff on Monday is a proud moment. While a building may have ‘great bones’ and a strong physical presence, it is the people who work and study there who will deliver the full potential of its design for the benefit of our community.”

UON’s Faculty of Business and Law and staff from the new School of Creative Industries will move into the city from Monday, with 320 staff working from the new city campus this week. Up to 3,000 students will study at NeW Space from the start of Semester 2, 2017.

NeW Space will deliver new academic and research programs in business, law and emerging fields including creative industries, innovation and entrepreneurship. The new campus will also play an important role in connecting the university with business, industry and community partners in Newcastle and the Hunter.

As part of NeW Space planning, the university has developed an integrated transport strategy to support students, staff and community members travel to and from NeW Space.

Transport options include new Callaghan-based park-and-ride facilities with over 300 parking bays available, a free UON-exclusive express shuttle bus service running every half hour during semester, and the introduction of a new Liftango ridesharing app to encourage ride sharing with 20 dedicated RideSharing car parks adjacent to The Conservatorium. One hundred fifty parking spaces with an independent parking operator have also been secured for staff and students in the CBD to support the university’s transition into the city.

University of Newcastle Chief Operating Officer, Nat McGregor, said the university also strongly encouraged active travel and public transport.

“We are actively encouraging staff and students to consider a range of travel options, including more sustainable modes of transport, such as walking, cycling and public transport,” he said.

“The university also continues to advocate for better and more frequent public transport options for our students and staff. We are working closely with transport providers and those that are responsible for planning the future transport strategies for the city and the region to facilitate further improvements to service provision.”

Independent analysis show that NeW Space will contribute $1.3bn in economic benefit to Newcastle and the Hunter, including almost $200 million during construction and a further $134 million annually flowing from the emergence of the CBD as a vibrant student hub.

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.

University of Newcastle Law School

Newcastle Law School will be moving to NeW Space, where law students will enjoy 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 / Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle
Duration: 3 years
Intakes: February and July
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Discover more about how you can study at Newcastle Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Bond University opens Family Dispute Resolution Clinic

Bond University family dispute resolution students, together with experienced practitioners, will provide affordable dispute resolution and mediation services to families coping with the difficulties of separation, with the launch of the new Family Dispute Resolution Clinic.

Family Dispute Resolution Clinic to open at Bond University

Libby Taylor and Deborah Wilmoth of the Bond Dispute Resolution Centre (Photo: Bond University)

The new initiative, the result of a collaboration between Bond University Faculty of Law and its Psychology Clinic, will help families access dispute resolution services to resolve parenting arrangements, together with providing referrals to other experienced professionals to ensure parties receive the professional support, guidance and advice needed during what are often very challenging times.

Family Dispute Resolution Clinic co-director Libby Taylor said the new centre was focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for families and, in particular, the best interests of the children.

“The clinic has been developed to assist families and children who are facing the challenges of separation and who need assistance in making both short and long-term parenting arrangements,” said Ms Taylor.

“The demand for this style of service is quite high, with families often forced to wait for some time for dispute resolution, which can make a stressful situation even more difficult.

“The students, under the guidance and supervision of accredited family dispute resolution practitioners, will work with these families to establish effective post-separation parenting arrangements, helping to reduce the negative effects of separation and conflict, particularly on children.”

Ms Taylor said the clinic would help address increased community demand for affordable dispute resolution and mediation services that could be readily accessed by families.

“We want to provide a safe and supportive environment, which meets the needs of the community, while providing our students with valuable experience so they are well equipped to deal with these complex issues when they become accredited family dispute resolution practitioners,” she said.

Psychology Clinic director Deborah Wilmoth said provisionally registered psychologists, in conjunction with qualified staff, would provide support by helping identify psychological risk factors that might need to be addressed as part of family dispute resolution and mediation.

“The new clinic will provide clients with a one-stop shop, where they can access psychological support as part of the family dispute resolution assessment, rather than needing to seek help elsewhere,” said Ms Wilmoth.

“We will also be offering a dedicated course for parents who are going through separation to help them understand the impact it can have on children.”

The establishment of the Bond University Family Dispute Resolution Clinic follows the success of the Bond Law Clinic, which was founded in 2013 and offers free legal advice to start-ups, small businesses and

registered not-for-profit organisations. The Bond Law Clinic assists about 420 organisations each year.

The Psychology Clinic was formed in 1999, as a teaching facility to provide psychological services to the Gold Coast community.

Choosing to study at Bond University 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.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2017
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. You are encouraged to apply early, particularly if you are seeking entry into the September intake.

Entry Requirements for the Bond University Juris Doctor Program

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline in order to apply to the program. Students who have not yet completed a bachelor degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the program.
  • Two reference letters are required.
  • Applicants who have a cumulative average of 70% or above should apply to the program.

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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Would you like more information about studying at Bond University Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com!

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

From high school to law school: choosing the right Bachelor of Laws degree

Throughout Australia, more than 30 universities offer professional law degrees that are open to international students. These include undergraduate and graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws degrees as well as postgraduate Juris Doctor (JD) degrees.

From high school to law school: choosing the right Bachelor of Laws degree

Study law in Australia (Photo: Bond University)

Typically, Australian students complete either a general Bachelor of Laws program in four years or a combined/dual degree in five years. In these four- and five-year programs, students complete classes in other areas, in addition to their law subjects. In Australia, most Bachelor of Laws students graduate at approximately 23 years of age.

As a Canadian seeking to become qualified to practice law, you have a range of study options abroad. As Commonwealth nations, the Australian and Canadian systems are based on English common law, and Australian law schools provide a solid foundation for students planning to practice law in Canada (with the exception of Quebec). OzTREKK’s aim is to assist you in choosing the best Australian law school for you.

Bond University

Program: Bachelor of Laws
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years, 8 months full time (8 semesters in total)
Entry requirements: Completed a high school diploma with a minimum average of 70% based on the best Grade 12 subjects; (for students who have completed some university study, a 70% GPA is required)
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Griffith University

Program: Bachelor of Laws
Location: Brisbane or Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Entry requirements: Completed a high school diploma and successful completion of 6 university/college courses with an average of 76%.
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

James Cook University

Program: Bachelor of Laws
Location: Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
Semester intakes: February or July
Duration: 4 years
Entry requirements: Completed a high school diploma and achieved a minimum 70% 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.

Monash University

Program: Bachelor of Laws Honours
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intakes: February or July
Duration: 4 – 4.25 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.

University of Newcastle

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.

University of Queensland

Program: Bachelor of Laws Honours
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Entry requirements: Completed a high school diploma with a minimum cumulative GPA of 98%. For students who have completed some university study, a 6.5 out of 7 GPA is required.
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

University of Sydney

Program: Bachelor of Laws
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 (or 6) years
Entry requirements: Completed a high school diploma. Entry requirements will be determined by the degree combination chosen for the Combined Law program
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Graduate qualifications in law from Australian universities are recognized internationally. Canadian students who wish to practice as lawyers upon their return to Canada are required to apply to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) for assessment as the first step in the accreditation process.

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Think you might like to go to law school straight from high school? Find out more about Bachelor of Laws degrees in Australia. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Bond Law School offers free workshop for Canadian JD students

Did you know Bond Law School offers a short course in Canadian Professional Responsibility to their law students at no additional cost?

Bond Law School offers free course for Canadian JD students

Study law at Bond University!

In order to help prepare their Canadian students for the NCA exam, Bond Law offers an extracurricular workshop each semester—Canadian Professional Responsibility.

The course includes online seminars, reading lists and sample fact scenarios that introduce students to issues of lawyers’ ethics and professional responsibility, and specifically ethical reasoning in legal practice in the Canadian context. Students cover selected topics including the Federation of Canadian Law Societies, Federation Model Code of Professional, case law arising from this material and to the application of the law of fiduciary obligations to lawyer-client relationships.

The course does not include assigned assessment, but is designed aid students in understanding Canadian Professional Responsibility and assist with preparations for the NCA exams.

Bond Law School also offers four Canadian Law subject. These courses can assist Canadian graduates in preparation for their NCA examinations in these areas:

  • Foundations of Canadian Law
  • Canadian Criminal Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Canadian Administrative Law

The faculty also be packages their Canadian subjects as a “Graduate Certificate in Canadian Law” able to be taken by Canadian students, whether from Bond or elsewhere, to assist them in preparing for the NCA exams.

About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

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.

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: September 2017
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply early, particularly if they are seeking entry for a September intake.

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 Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Sydney Juris Doctor 101: An Insider’s Guide

Sydney Law School is Australia’s first. Since its inception, it has been at the forefront of developments associated with both the teaching and research of law. Its strong sense of commitment to the fundamentals of law is combined with a commitment to innovation and the exploration of issues at the cutting edge.

Sydney Juris Doctor 101

If you’re considering studying the JD at Sydney Uni, you may feel a little intimidated, and that’s normal. Here are some insider Sydney Juris Doctor quick tips about what to expect during the program so you can be prepared:

  1. Understand the law before you apply it
  2. Think critically
  3. Prepare thoroughly
  4. Keep it simple
  5. Be brief

Study law at the University of Sydney Law School

The Sydney JD 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.

Sydney Juris Doctor 101: An Insider’s Guide

Learn more about the Sydney Juris Doctor program

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

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

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

OzTREKK recommends that you apply for this program if you have achieved a minimum cGPA of 3.0/4.0. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply and that your application outcome will be determined by the Sydney Law School. Successful applicants who receive an offer of admission to the Sydney JD normally achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. As a Canadian, please remember there is no standardized GPA scale used by Canadian universities. A 2.8 is normally a B, but it is difficult to pinpoint the minimum percentage grade required for entry into this program, as grading systems differ at post-secondary institutions in Canada.

In addition to your undergraduate university transcripts, you may also submit your high school transcript for assessment. If you submit both your undergraduate and your high school transcripts for assessment, you will be assessed on the basis of 25% recognized high school qualification + 75% tertiary grade point average for a completed degree.

OzTREKK also recommends that you submit a resume and/or personal statement along with your application.

Apply now to the Sydney Juris Doctor!

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Find out more about studying the Sydney Juris Doctor. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com for more law school information.

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

UQ Law Awards honour its legal stars

Almost 200 students from Queensland’s oldest law school have been recognised for their diverse achievements at an award ceremony at Brisbane’s Customs House.

Head of School and Dean of Law Professor Sarah Derrington said The University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law encouraged students to strive for greatness across all areas of student life.

UQ Law Awards honour its legal stars

At the UQ Law Awards (Photo: UQ)

“Our annual Law Awards honour students who embody excellence in many different forms,” Professor Derrington said.

“We celebrate the diversity of the cohort by recognising students who have achieved outstanding academic results, created positive change through pro bono legal work, and earned scholarships aligned with their passions and accomplishments.”

Among those recognised were UQ Law School’s first Leadership, Excellence and Diversity (LEAD) scholars. Professor Derrington said awards such as the LEAD Scholarships gave students opportunities they would not ordinarily have access to.

“As a law school in the world’s top 50, it’s so important to create these opportunities for the next generation of legal minds—particularly gifted students who face hurdles such as the cost of living while studying.”

Professor Derrington acknowledged the high volume of student pro bono work and community outreach, with more than 140 students awarded for their contributions in this space.

Pro Bono Centre volunteer and academic prize winner Priam Rangiah said she felt privileged to be recognised.

“The UQ law program is challenging, but receiving my awards makes all the hard work feel worthwhile,” she said.

“It has also been fascinating to work with the Pro Bono Centre. I’m currently working on a report comparing the constitutions of several Asia-Pacific countries—something I would never have been exposed to otherwise.”

December 2016 Valedictorian Sam Walpole, who won three academic prizes, said it was a great honour to round out his degree with acknowledgement from his teachers and mentors.

“It’s a fantastic way to cap off six very interesting years,” he said. “I came to UQ with no background in the law or real contacts in the profession. I’m very grateful to the school for giving me my introduction to law as a discipline and profession.

“I had the opportunity to learn from several academic staff, moot overseas, get involved in student societies and research and, above all, learn a lot about the law and pick up broader skills I can use in the community.”

UQ law alumnus and Vice-Chairman of Deutsche Bank Australia Mr Steven Skala said studying law at UQ was the springboard for much of his illustrious career, and implored students to fulfil their potential and live meaningful lives.

Professor Derrington said the awards were also an opportunity to acknowledge the quality of the school’s teaching staff and the significant contribution made by its alumni and friends, whose donations made many of the awards possible.

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To find out more about UQ Law School, contact OzTREKKs Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.