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Monday, January 30th, 2017

Don’t miss the Australian Law School seminars

If you’re wondering what it’s like to study law in Australia and then practice in Canada, then don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Information Sessions!

Meet Australian law alumni who are successfully practicing in Canada, and chat with Australian law school representatives to learn more about your study and career options!

Don't miss the Australian Law School seminars

Don’t forget to RSVP Australian Law Schools Seminars Jan. 30 – Feb. 9, 2017

During the seminars, you will have the opportunity to speak with Australian law school graduates who are successfully practicing law in Canada. Learn more about how to get into law school, the accreditation process, program structures, and much more!

VANCOUVER
Date: January 30, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: University of British Columbia, Allard Hall, Fasken Martineau Room 122

MONTREAL
Date: February 6, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Adams Auditorium

TORONTO
Date: February 8, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: University of Toronto, Social Work Building, SK 720

Don’t forget to RSVP for an OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Information Session!

OzTREKK represents nine Australian Law Schools:

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Don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Information Sessions! Contact OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com if you have any questions. We’re here to help!

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Wondering how you can get into law school?

Are you interested in studying law but unsure about your options? Would you like to hear from law graduates who have studied in Australia and are now practicing lawyers in Canada?

Get into law school?

RSVP for an OzTREKK Australian Law Schools seminar!

Then please join OzTREKK, Australian law school representatives, and law school alumni for the upcoming OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Information Sessions!

During the seminars, you will have the opportunity to speak with Australian law school graduates who are successfully practicing law in Canada. Learn more about how to get into law school, the accreditation process, program structures, and much more!

VANCOUVER
Date: January 30, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: University of British Columbia, Allard Hall, Fasken Martineau Room 122

MONTREAL
Date: February 6, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Adams Auditorium

TORONTO
Date: February 8, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: University of Toronto, Social Work Building, SK 720

Don’t forget to RSVP for an OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Information Session!

OzTREKK represents nine Australian Law Schools:

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Don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Information Sessions! Contact OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com if you have any questions. We’re here to help!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Could the next Olympics violate human rights?

On August 5, 2016, Rio will become the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics. Along with the usual fanfare, there are also human rights concerns over the ongoing outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus and its potential impact on athletes and visitors. So much so that dozens of athletes from all over the world have decided to forego the event.

Few sports fans would associate their favourite competition with international human rights law, but according to one legal academic there are some surprising connections at play.

Monash Law School Professor Sarah Joseph, who will deliver the 2016 Michael Wincop Memorial Lecture in August, said sporting’s biggest event—the Olympics—has been embroiled in human rights controversy.

Could the next Olympics violate human rights?

Are we ready for the consequences of going ahead with the Rio Olympic games? (Photo: Griffith University)

The public lecture is being hosted by Griffith Law School’s Law Futures Centre.

Professor Joseph argues that holding the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, when there are serious health concerns about the Zika virus, could potentially violate human rights.

“It is highly unlikely that the [Rio Olympics] will be cancelled, despite the fact that it will inevitably spread Zika worldwide. Will this decision result in major threats to the enjoyment of the right to health?” she said.

Major sporting events like the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics can also lead to other human rights abuses, like the forced eviction of citizens to make way for the stadiums and facilities that need to be built.

Professor Joseph said while responsibility for evicting people falls to the host government, do sporting bodies like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA owe any human rights obligations to the people affected?

“Should events be awarded to countries with terrible human rights records, such as Russia, especially if preparation for the event might lead to abuses, such as deaths during stadium construction in Qatar?” she said.

Professor Joseph said that human rights issues could also arise at the individual level, where the labour rights of athletes are often severely constrained by administrative processes.

“Why is a young AFL draftee not able to play for the club of his choice, but can only play for the club that picks him? Why can they only move to the club of their choice after ten years of playing for the same club?” she said.

What’s most troubling is the way in which some sporting bodies and clubs disregard the health rights of their players. Professor Joseph said the Essendon Football Club doping scandal reveals how the club failed in its duty of care.

“They have been fined for OHS (occupational health and safety) breaches, but the affected players still do not know what they were injected with by their own employer,” she said.

Professor Joseph says that human rights obligations are also at stake in the many football codes that carry the risk of long-term brain damage due to multiple concussions.

Time magazine recently reported that over forty percent of NFL players in the US might have brain injuries. What did the NFL know about the dangers of its product for its employees and when?” she said.

While it may not seem it at first, the sporting arena is rife with human rights issues and obligations that are yet to be determined.

The public lecture that will explore these issues is hosted by the Law Futures Centre and is held annually to honour the scholarship and contributions of the late Professor Michael Whincop.

International Human Rights Law

International Human Rights Law at Griffith Law School is designed to expose students to the laws which deal with the protection of individuals and groups against violations by governments of certain internationally guaranteed rights. Students will gain a greater understanding of some of the theoretical, political and socio-economic issues associated with human rights awareness, advocacy and litigation. This course focuses on the structures and processes through which international human rights norms are established and transformed into rights. Students will gain insight into the relationship of international human rights norms to the Australian national legal system and the specific techniques for the implementation of human rights in domestic and international law.

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

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Monash Law School launches major study into legal responses to domestic violence deaths

Monash Law School and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) have launched a major report into intimate partner killings in Victoria.

Out of character? Legal Responses to Intimate Partner Homicides is the first comprehensive study of the impact of legal reforms introduced in Victoria between 2005 and 2014.

Monash Law School launches major study into legal responses to domestic violence deaths

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The report was launched by former Supreme Court Justice The Hon. Philip Cummins at the Monash Law Chambers in Melbourne’s CBD.

The report finds that despite legal reforms the gender of the perpetrators of intimate partner homicides still plays a significant role in the outcome of trials.

The authors of the report include Associate Professor Bronwyn Naylor from Monash Law School, Dr Danielle Tyson from Monash School of Social Sciences and Dr Debbie Kirkwood and Mandy McKenzie from DVRCV.

The researchers examined risk factors and legal responses to 51 homicides committed by men and 13 homicides by women against their intimate partner over a 10-year period between 2005 and 2014.

The report finds a history of family violence and relationship separation were key factors in these deaths.

“Our research has shown that men are still able to ‘explain’ their killing of an intimate partner as a ‘one off’ awful event,” says Dr Naylor. “This occurs even where there is plenty of evidence that they were violent and/or coercive to their partner over long periods of time before the killing.”

Dr Naylor says reforms to Victorian law between 2005 and 2014 have had minimal impact on the practical operation of the law in court.

The report finds that the abolition of the partial defence of defensive homicide in 2014 will disadvantage women who kill their abusive partners.

“Women charged with killing their violent partner can still have difficulty proving that they were acting in self defence, and law reforms that were aimed to make this a clearer defence in appropriate cases have not necessarily made a significant difference,” says Dr Naylor.

“We need to go back to look at our recent reforms and see why some aren’t being used and whether other reforms should be revised.”

Monash Law School

Monash Law School is one of the largest and most prestigious law schools in Australia, providing legal education and training to more than 3,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Monash offers a Juris Doctor program and a number of postgraduate legal degrees, including a Doctor of Judicial Sciences, Doctor of Laws, Master of Laws by Research, and several postgraduate master by coursework programs.

The Faculty of Law at Monash University has one of the largest law libraries in Australia. It also has a moot court designed as a real courtroom for practicing trial work.

Monash Law School offers high-quality teaching by leading academics and practitioners, who are experts in the teaching of law and legal practice. Additionally, the JD program offers an interactive learning environment, small class sizes and innovative teaching.

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Learn more about Monash Law School and the Juris Doctor program. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Celebrating National Law Week in Australia

National Law Week in Australia takes place throughout Australia in May each year. This year, it runs from May 16 – 20. Law Week provides Australians (and visitors) to get a closer look at how law and justice works in each Australian state. A range of exciting and interactive activities are being held around Australia celebrate Law Week, including courthouse tours, mock trials and student competitions.

Australian Law Schools in Australia

Bond University Law School Moot Court

Law Week events in Australia are organized individually or by a group of organizations collaborating to share ideas and resources. Some examples of organizations who participate in and support Law Week include the Courts Administration Authority, law firms, Australian police departments, municipal libraries, community legal centres, legal aid, and the Attorney General’s Department. Usually, Law Week‘s major highlight is Courts Open Day, which provides a chance to explore the rich heritage of the courts. Tours, mock trials, sentencing exercises and meet-the-judge sessions give visitors an insight into court operations and personalities.

Law Week events are aimed at the whole community. These events provide opportunities for people from all walks of life to gain new perspectives on legal and justice issues. These events will be of interest to those who work in legal and justice agencies and students, especially students studying at Australian Law Schools.

What is the difference between the LLB and the JD?

The Bachelor of Laws and the Juris Doctor are both professionally recognized degrees. Both LLB and JD programs educate students to practice law and allow them to apply for registration in Canada. The main difference is that the LLB is offered at the undergraduate level, and the JD is offered at the postgraduate level. Bachelor of Laws students can study the program directly from high school or after having completed post-secondary studies, while the JD or graduate-entry LLB requires a completed bachelor degree for admission.

At some Australian Law Schools, JD programs are fast-tracked, so that you can complete them in two calendar years, as opposed to a three-year, graduate-entry LLB. Entry requirements for JD programs can be more competitive, especially as they become more popular with North American students. At universities where both a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Laws are offered, students who have already completed an undergraduate degree normally apply for the postgraduate professional qualification (JD).

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 schools in Australia? Contact OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Monash Law School team finishes in top 5% at Vis Moot Vienna finals

The Monash Law School mooting team has finished in the top 5% at the 23rd annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria.

Three hundred eleven university teams from 67 countries took part in the competition, including teams from Harvard, Standford, King’s College London and National University Singapore.

Monash Law School mooting team

The 2016 Monash mooting team (L to R): Ayesha Singh, Lucy Hodgkinson, Marco Paoletti, Madeleine Salinger, Jarred Gerson, Thomas Egan, Thomas Smalley, Olivia Wan (Photo credit: Monash University)

Monash made it through to the third round of finals, comprising the top 16 teams.

The Monash mooting team comprised Maddy Salinger, Lucy Hodgkinson, Jarred Gerson, Thomas Egan, Thomas Smalley, Olivia Wan, Ayesha Singh and Marco Paoletti. The team was assisted by Dr Lisa Spagnolo.

Individual Speaker prizes were awarded to Ayesha Singh, Marco Paoletti and Maddy Salinger.

“The moot is an event which truly highlights Monash’s high standing amongst the best internationally,” says Dr Spagnolo. “It is no exaggeration to say that we have one of the best reputations for intelligent, creative, prepared and unassailable arguments in the competition.”

The result caps off a successful world tour for the Monash University mooting team, having made the finals of the Vis (East) Moot in Hong Kong in March, where they picked up individual speaker prizes and placed 3rd for the Claimant Memorandum Prize.

The team worked hard over the 2015–16 summer, including taking part in a preparatory pre-moot in Budapest, Hungary, and all members of the team battled illness throughout the trip to achieve the impressive result in Vienna.

Dr Spagnolo says the work ethic of the 2016 team is consistent with the high standards Monash mooting teams continue to expect of themselves.

“Living up to this internal standard each year is tough on the students involved,” says Dr Spagnolo. “But it is also a great source of personal and professional growth and I am honoured and proud to have been part of that process.”

More than 3,000 people participated in the Vienna moot, including 1,993 students from 96 countries and over 1,000 arbitrators and coaches.

The team would like to thank the Monash Law School alumni and staff members who gave much of their time to assist in the team’s preparation, including Jeff Waincymer, Lauren Peacock, Calum Seargeant, Martin John, Ian Liu, Andrew Barraclough and Justin Malbon.

The team is grateful for the ongoing financial support it receives from the Law Faculty, the Law Foundation, CIArb (Australia) and Monash Abroad.

About Monash Law School Juris Doctor

The Faculty of Law at Monash University has one of the largest law libraries in Australia. It also has a moot court designed as a real courtroom for practicing trial work.

Monash Law School offers high-quality teaching by leading academics and practitioners who are experts in the teaching of law and legal practice. Additionally, the JD program offers an interactive learning environment, small class sizes and innovative teaching.

The Monash JD program is unique as it allows students to undertake up to six elective units from the extensive Monash Law master’s program once the compulsory units have been completed. This allows students to tailor their degree and choose units that complement their interests and professional aspirations while ensuring graduates are well-rounded professionals with the core skills required to follow a wide range of legal and professional career paths.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 3 years (accelerated option: a minimum of 2.5 years)
Application deadline: Applications are generally assessed on a rolling admissions basis. The sooner you apply the better.

Apply now to Monash Law School!

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Would you like more information about Monash Law School and the Juris Doctor program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Monash Law students’ success at ICC Mediation Competition

A team of Monash Law School students and their coaches have come third at the 11th International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Mediation Competition in Paris, France.

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Pictured (left to right): Anne Sutherland-Kelly (coach), Stephanie McCulloch (student), David Tai (student), Natalie Rae (student), Eleanor Downie (student), Peter Singer (coach) (Photo: Monash University)

The competition involves students applying their negotiation and collaborative skills to complex commercial problems in order to advance their interests and move towards a mutually beneficial settlement, with the assistance of a mediator.

The four Monash law students were among the 500 participants competing on behalf of 80 universities from more than 40 countries. The Monash team performed outstandingly, proudly taking the third prize trophy.

Monash law students have the opportunity to compete in a variety of international mooting and advocacy competitions every year, regularly winning awards. Participation in competitions is a rewarding experience and students can receive credit towards their law studies.

About Monash Law School Juris Doctor

The Monash JD is a graduate law degree designed to teach the knowledge and skills required to practice law. This innovative law degree recognizes the needs of graduates who wish to study law, providing the transferable skills and knowledge only a law degree from one of Australia’s leading universities can provide.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Duration: 3 years (accelerated option: a minimum of 2.5 years)
Application deadline: Applications are generally assessed on a rolling admissions basis.

Apply now to Monash Law School!

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Would you like more information about Monash Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Monash Law students participate in mooting competition

Monash Law School recently sent a team of three students to London to compete in the Global Round of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) International Arbitration Mooting Competition, hosted by Kings College.

Congratulations goes out to the team consisting of Michael Smyth, Anthony Hajiantoniou, Lynette Lee and Dr Emmanuel Laryea (coach). The students performed extremely well and came seventh for memorials and oral rounds. Individual rankings for the two oral presenters (Michael Smyth and Anthony Hajiantoniou) were ranked twentieth and twenty-fourth respectively and the team’s written submission (memorial) for the Claimant won third place and will be published in the Transnational Dispute Management Journal.

In preparation for the competition, the Monash Law students visited law firms in Paris and London and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for mooting practice, discussions about the law and exposure to investment arbitration practice and institutions. They visited Lazareef Le Bars, for an insightful practice moot and general discussions about practice in the area investment arbitration.

Linklaters, London hosted a lunch with Monash law alumni Jack Naughton and Alex Fawke who kindly gave up their time to provide a practice moot and insights into practice.

The students agree that the experiences from participating in the mooting program and competition are invaluable. The core skills, engagement with firms and international networking are unique opportunities which arise from national and international mooting competitions.

Monash Law School Juris Doctor program

The Monash JD is a graduate law degree designed to teach the knowledge and skills required to practice law. This innovative law degree recognizes the needs of graduates who wish to study law, providing the transferable skills and knowledge only a law degree from one of Australia’s leading universities can provide.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intakes: January, May, August
Duration: 3 years (accelerated option: a minimum of 2.5 years)
Application deadline: Applications are generally assessed on a rolling admissions basis.

Apply now to  the Monash Law School Juris Doctor program!

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Do you have any questions about Monash Law School and the Juris Doctor program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston by emailing shannon@oztrekk.com or calling (toll free in Canada) 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Monash supports marriage equality

Monash has joined more than 690 organisations and numerous Australian individuals showing their support through Australian Marriage Equality, and is one of the first of the Group of Eight (Go8) coalition of Australian universities to do so.

Monash Law School

Monash University has long been a supporter of equity and diversity

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner, said the university has long been a supporter of equity and diversity, with a focus on inclusion a key element of its new strategic plan.

“Since it was founded, Monash has stood for the principles of fairness, tolerance and diversity. Support for marriage equality is consistent with these values and our commitment to championing those values,” Professor Gardner said.

Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Associate Professor Paula Gerber, welcomed the university’s public move to embrace marriage equality.

“I am proud to be working in a university that is one of the first to publicly support marriage equality in Australia,” Dr Gerber said.

“Such initiatives, along with the establishment of the Ally Network and the recent launch of the Monash Queer Mentoring Scheme, send a clear message to all LGBTIQ staff and students, that they are welcome and respected at Monash.

“This has a very real and positive impact on the health and well-being of people of diverse genders and sexualities.”

In 2012, Monash University established an Ally Network to provide support, information and referral to LGBTIQ members of the university community. There are now over 100 trained and published Allies across all Australian campuses.

In March 2015, Monash became a member of Pride in Diversity, a national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTIQ workplace inclusion and the developers of the Australian Workplace Equality Index and the Australian National LGBTI Recruitment Guide. As part of its membership Monash has engaged Pride in Diversity to provide LGBTIQ Awareness sessions for staff to complement the Ally Network and Queer 101 training for Monash students.

The Monash Equal Opportunity Policy and Discrimination and Harassment Grievance Procedures articulate Monash’s commitment to equality and non-discrimination. The Social Justice Plan: Diverse Genders and Sexualities 2015-2017 helps give effect to these commitments for LGBTIQ staff and students.

Monash launched its Queer Mentoring initiative on Sept. 1, designed to equip LGBTIQ students to move seamlessly into the workplace. Rowena Allen, Victoria’s new Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, was part of the Panel launching the program, which was facilitated by Associate Professor Gerber.

Joining the growing list of Australian organisations publicly declaring their support for marriage equality was the natural next step in Monash’s steadfast commitment to social justice and non-discrimination and demonstrates Monash’s commitment to inclusion of its LGBTIQ staff and students in all facets of life.

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law seeks to promote and protect human rights through the generation and dissemination of public scholarship in international and domestic human rights law.

In pursuit of this mission, the Centre brings the work of human rights scholars, practitioners and advocates from a wide range of disciplines together in the Centre’s key activities of research, teaching, public education (lectures, seminars, conferences, speeches, media presentations, etc), applied research, advice work and consultancies.

The centre is named after Ron Castan AM QC (1939–1999), who was a passionate advocate for the recognition and protection of human rights and a distinguished member of the Victorian Bar.

About Monash Law School Juris Doctor

The Monash JD is a graduate law degree designed to teach the knowledge and skills required to practice law. This innovative law degree recognizes the needs of graduates who wish to study law, providing the transferable skills and knowledge only a law degree from one of Australia’s leading universities can provide.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Duration: 3 years (accelerated option: a minimum of 2.5 years)
Application deadline: Applications are generally assessed on a rolling admissions basis.

Upcoming  semesters for the Monash JD program:

  • January 2016
  • May 2016
  • August 2016

Apply now to Monash Law School!

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Would you like more information about Monash Law School and the Juris Doctor program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Monash Warwick Collaborative International Moot

The Monash Warwick Collaborative International Moot has brought together law students from Monash University and the University of Warwick for a second year to battle out points of law.

Supported by the Monash Warwick Alliance, the moot was held in Melbourne and saw two teams of three students go head-to-head to argue points of Victorian contract law including a dispute about a tutoring agreement and a sale of a property, complicated with an injury and compensation claim.

Monash Law School

2015 Monash and Warwick law moot teams meet in Melbourne

Two preliminary moots were held at the College of Law with the Grand Final held at the Federal Court in Melbourne.

Teams included students from both universities and gave all involved valuable domestic and international law experience and skills, including working with a teammate from a different jurisdiction.

Jemima Roe, President of the Monash Law Students’ Society said the moot gave participants a range of domestic and international law experience.

“It offers all of the learning opportunities of a domestic moot including applying the legal theory learnt in class in a real-world context and practical skills in research, advocacy and teamwork, but also international legal skills and experience, court etiquette and the mooting practices of a foreign system,” she said.

The first Monash-Warwick Collaborative International Moot was held in the UK in early 2014 with three Monash students heading to Warwick. This year Monash hosted, with three Warwick students flying to Melbourne for the event.

According to Megan McMellon, President, Warwick Law Society, the moots were a success with positive feedback received from participants, spectators and judges.

“Participants loved the moot and enjoyed the opportunity to learn about another country’s laws.”

“We received very positive feedback from participants, spectators and judges who have been impressed by the high quality of mooting and commended the teams’ advocacy and teamwork in particular,” Megan said.

Jemima said that the opportunity had given the students a valuable, early career networking opportunity.

“The experience allows students to establish a global network of relationships that will continue to benefit them well into the future,” she said.

Formed in early 2012, the Monash Warwick Alliance represents an innovation in higher education and research and aims to accelerate the exchange of people, ideas and information between Monash University and the University of Warwick.

Monash Law School Juris Doctor program

The Monash JD is a graduate law degree designed to teach the knowledge and skills required to practice law. This innovative law degree recognizes the needs of graduates who wish to study law, providing the transferable skills and knowledge only a law degree from one of Australia’s leading universities can provide.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intakes: January, May, August
Duration: 3 years (accelerated option: a minimum of 2.5 years)
Application deadline: Applications are generally assessed on a rolling admissions basis.

Apply now to  the Monash Law School Juris Doctor program!

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Do you have any questions about Monash Law School and the Juris Doctor program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston by emailing shannon@oztrekk.com or calling 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).