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Friday, October 5th, 2018

Griffith Law School webinar October 9

If you’re considering studying law, you won’t want to miss the upcoming Griffith Law School webinar this coming Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Hosted by Griffith University Regional Manager Justine Somogyi and Canadian law students Stephanie Ostrowski and Supreet Dhillon, this webinar will cover everything about studying law at Griffith—as well as answer any questions you have!

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Contact OzTREKK to sign up for the Griffith Law webinar!

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Time: 7 – 8 p.m. EDT

Interactive Q & A throughout the webinar—get your questions answered!

  • Griffith Law School
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees
  • Canadian Law electives offered
  • Griffith’s 2- to 3-year grad-entry LLB option
  • Admissions requirements
  • NCA exams and practicing in Canada
  • Life on campus, and much more!

Supreet Dhillon
Griffith law student Supreet Dhillon is from Toronto and in her penultimate year at Griffith Law School. Supreet has chosen to do the 3-year stream of the Bachelor of Laws grad-entry program at Griffith and is the secretary of the Griffith Canadian Law Students Association.

Stephanie Ostrowski
Griffith law student Stephanie Ostrowski is from Calgary and graduated with a degree in Law and Society from the University of Calgary. She is currently completing her second year at Griffith and is in the 3-year stream of the Bachelor of Laws grad-entry program.

Justine Somogyi
Justine Somogyi will also be joining us! Justine is Griffith’s Regional Manager for Canada. Originally from Brisbane, she has lived in three countries outside of Australia, In 2014, Justine moved to Halifax with her husband and dog, but is now based in Guelph.

Molly Mahon
OzTREKK Law Admissions Officer Molly Mahon will also be available to answer your questions in the chat!

Griffith Law School

Griffith Law School‘s three-year graduate Bachelor of Laws program includes Canadian Law courses to prepare for the National Committee on Accreditation exams to certify your Griffith law degree for practice in Canada. You will learn from experienced lecturers who can guide you through what’s involved and give you personalised advice on how to prepare. You can even attempt the exams on the Gold Coast before returning to Canada!

Program: Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Location: Gold Coast or Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 – 3 years (dependent on elective selection*)
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date to allow time for the predeparture process.

Apply to Griffith Law School!

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Would you like to attend this Griffith Law School webinar? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com for your registration info!

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Graduating from an Australian law school and the NCA assessment process

What is the NCA assessment process after you’ve graduated from an Australian law school?

If you’re considering studying law, you know it can be extremely competitive to get into a Canadian law school—and there are very few places available. Not being offered a coveted place often forces some students to rethink their career goals. For others, it just makes them more determined: they begin to look at other options, like studying law abroad.

Graduating from an Australian law school and the NCA assessment process

Are you getting ready to study for the NCA challenge exams?

Graduate qualifications from an Australian law school 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.

Understanding the process to become a lawyer

The NCA evaluates the credentials of foreign lawyers or Canadians with a foreign law degree who wish to be admitted as a lawyer in Canada. There is a five-step process involved in each NCA assessment and each application is assessed on an individual basis. The basic process when returning to Canada and meeting the requirements to practice as a lawyer are as follows:

  • NCA – Assessment and challenge examination
  • Articling (or a Law Practice Program – LPP)
  • Barrister & Solicitor Exam
  • Being “called to the Bar”

When students graduate from an Australian law school, they must first apply to have their credentials assessed by the NCA. All applications are assessed by the NCA on a case-by-case basis, because everyone’s application is usually very unique and different based on their own personal experiences and academic history.

NCA assessments focus on the core common law subjects in which you will demonstrate competence, including five Canadian subjects which are mandatory for all applicants. Most Australian law school graduates who apply through the NCA would be asked to complete challenge exams in the following five areas:

  1. Principles of Canadian Administrative Law
  2. Canadian Constitutional Law
  3. Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure
  4. Foundations of Canadian Law
  5. Canadian Professional Responsibility

Exams are graded on a pass/fail basis (50% is considered a pass). Results are released approximately 10–12 weeks from the date of the last scheduled exam of each session.

The NCA exams are self-study, so you must obtain the material on your own. Many law graduates get their texts from law schools/libraries, and from searching on Google. Be sure to consult the syllabus before purchasing the materials as the textbooks used can change, and ensure you purchase the correct edition of all texts.

Once the applicant has successfully completed the assigned requirements, the NCA will issue a Certificate of Qualification. That certificate is required to apply to a Canadian law society in a common law jurisdiction. More info is available on the NCA website.

Which law programs do OzTREKK Australian law schools offer?

The following Australian Law Schools offer either a graduate-entry LLB or JD and most offer an undergraduate-entry LLB:

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Would you like more information about law degrees offered in Australia? 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.

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.

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Meet Molly, your new Australian law schools admissions officer!

As many of you know, OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston is taking a break to welcome the arrival of her little one! But we won’t leave you hanging!

Meet Molly, your new Australian law schools admissions officer!

OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon

All of us at OzTREKK are pleased to welcome back Molly Mahon, who was away this year on maternity leave. Molly originally joined the OzTREKK team in 2012, so she has lots of experience working with student files, and she understands the ins and outs of studying in Australia.

Molly looks forward to working with you and assisting you with your law school applications, but mostly she is happy to help you get to Australia to follow your dreams!

Are you interested in studying law at an Australian university?

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. Do you have questions about admissions, program structures, accreditation, practicing in Canada? OzTREKK has answers!

Which law programs do OzTREKK Australian Law Schools offer?

Australian Law Schools offer either a graduate-entry LLB or JD and most offer an undergraduate-entry LLB:

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Would you like more information about law degrees offered in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Seminars

Want to study law but unsure of your options? Do you have questions about admissions, program structures, accreditation, practicing in Canada? Join OzTREKK for the upcoming Australian Law Schools Seminars and get the answers to your questions. Everyone is welcome to attend. Seating is limited, so be sure to register.

OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Seminars

Don’t forget to register!

University of Toronto Mississauga
Date: October 16, 2017
Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
RSVP – See you soon!

Ryerson University
Date: October 17, 2017
Time: 12:30 – 2 p.m.
RSVP – See you soon!

The following Australian Law Schools offer either a graduate-entry LLB or JD:

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For information about about law degrees offered in Australia, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call (toll free in Canada) at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Questions about Australian law schools? Don’t miss the OzTREKK Study Law Abroad Webinars!

If you’re considering studying law, you know it can be extremely competitive to get into a Canadian law school—and there are very few places available. Not being offered a coveted place often forces some students to rethink their career goals. For others, it just makes them more determined: they begin to look at other options, like studying law abroad.

Questions about Australian law schools? Don't miss the OzTREKK Study Law Abroad Webinars!

Don’t forget to register for the upcoming law webinars!

Australian law schools have made a name for themselves in the world rankings arena, many of them placing in the top 50 in the world—and trust us when we say that means something, because there are hundreds of law schools in the world. But studying law in Australia raises a whole new crop of questions: What are the admissions requirements? Do I need the LSAT? What about the NCA exams? What about articling? What happens when I want to practice in Canada?

To help answer these questions and more, OzTREKK has organised three Study Law Abroad webinars.

We know you can’t always attend an in-person seminar, so we’re bringing an Australian law school alum, a current student, and an Australian law school faculty member to you! During the following webinars, you can find out more about what it’s really like to study law in Australia: getting adjusted, campus life, student groups, law program structures, graduating—and of course, practicing in Canada.

OzTREKK Study Law Abroad Webinar Schedule

Bond University Law School

Guest: Meet current Bond JD student Ryan Fedoruk
Date: October 4, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)

University of Newcastle Law School

Guest: Meet law graduate David Lotimer
Date: October 12, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)

Griffith University Law School

Guest: Meet Griffith Law Deputy Head of School Therese Wilson & current student Stephanie Ostrowski (TBC)
Date: October 18, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)

Please be sure to RSVP for one or all of these upcoming webinars!

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If you would like more information about these webinars and about law degrees offered in Australia, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com  or call (toll free in Canada) at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Griffith Law School celebrates milestone

From an inaugural cohort of just 75 students in 1992, Griffith Law School has been recognised as one of Queensland’s most influential law schools while maintaining the university’s unwavering commitment to social justice.

Griffith Law School celebrates milestone

Study law at Griffith University, Gold Coast

Dean of Law Professor Pene Mathew said the school can look back with immense pride as it came together to celebrate at the school’s 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Brisbane’s Victoria Park.

“We had a mere five staff members when we first opened the school in 1992 and our small student intake had access to just the one clinical course which was at the Caxton Community Legal Service.

“Today, our students are exposed to a wide range of clinical courses where they can work with clients and are supervised by lawyers in real world legal situations.”

Ranked in the world top 100 law schools in the latest QS Rankings, Griffith Law School is also recognised as a world leader in the discipline of law in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Rankings).

“The result in 2017 which saw us rank 38th in the world, third in Australia and first in Queensland is spectacular, especially for a school that is only a quarter of a century old,” Professor Mathew said.

The 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner has brought together a who’s who of the legal fraternity both locally and nationally. Senior members of the judiciary and the legal profession were guests with the Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC taking the stage as the evening’s Guest Speaker.

A host of Griffith law alumni also attended, keen to share stories from their time at the law school which now teaches across both the university’s Nathan and Gold Coast campuses.

Griffith Law School

Griffith Law School‘s three-year graduate Bachelor of Laws program includes Canadian Law courses to prepare for the National Committee on Accreditation exams to certify your Griffith law degree for practice in Canada. You will learn from experienced lecturers who can guide you through what’s involved and give you personalised advice on how to prepare. You can even attempt the exams on the Gold Coast before returning to Canada.

Program: Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Location: Gold Coast or Brisbane, 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 predeparture process.

Apply to Griffith Law School!

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Do you have any questions regarding Griffith Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Griffith International Student Law Scholarship for Canadians

Griffith scholarships recognise remarkable students with outstanding academic achievements and the potential to make a positive contribution to the university and to the community. If you’re interested in studying the Bachelor of Laws at Griffith Law School, you will be automatically assessed for the International Student Law Scholarship when you apply.

Griffith International Student Law Scholarship for Canadians

Griffith law scholarship

International Student Law Scholarship

For: Students from Canada applying for undergraduate law studies at Griffith University
Available to: Commencing undergraduate students in Trimester 1, 2018
Level of study: Undergraduate
Citizenship: Citizens or permanent residents of Canada
Award value and benefits: Scholarship covers 10% of tuition fees in the first two trimesters of study. Students must be enrolled full-time to receive the tuition fee reduction.
Duration: Two trimesters
Programs of study: Undergraduate law programs (excludes online, non-award, offshore delivered programs, and students that defer commencement to 2019).

No application required; all applicants will be assessed to determine eligibility.

Griffith University Bachelor of Laws

Griffith Law School is ranked in the world’s top 100 law schools (QS World University Rankings) and offers a dedicated graduate program for Canadian students pursuing a career in Australia or Canada. The Bachelor of Laws (undergraduate entry) at Griffith University 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.

Program: Bachelor of Laws
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 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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Would you like more information about the Griffith Law School International Student Law Scholarship? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston 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.