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Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Newcastle law students enjoy international experience

Twenty Newcastle Law School students recently enjoyed a trip to East Java in Indonesia as part of the law program’s International Study Experience course. The course focuses on the regulation of the social and environmental impact of business, and is run in collaboration with the Law Faculty of the University of Brawijaya (UB) in Malang, one of the top 10 universities in Indonesia. Law students from UB have also participated in the program, and UoN students really value the opportunity to discuss with and learn from UB students.

Newcastle Law students in front of the UB Faculty of Law

The students have attended lectures by UB professors on a range of topics, including regulation of palm oil plantations, corruption regulation and workers’ rights. The program has included a range of field trips, including visits to a number of environmental and legal aid organisations, law firms, a reforestation project, and the state court. The students also visited one of Indonesia’s largest mining-related environmental disasters, a mud volcano that has devastated a significant area of East Java (Lumpur Lapindo).

Newcastle Law students were particularly interested to learn about the recognition of Adat law (loosely translated as local customary law) within the Indonesian legal system. During the court visit, one of the judges discussed the concept of restorative justice, and the need for responses to crime to draw on local customs in order to focus on restoring harmony to a community, rather than simply punishing an offender. Restorative justice is actually a key interest of Newcastle Law School, and they are part of a project to turn Newcastle into a “restorative city.”

Enjoying the sights at Rainbow Waterfall

In addition to lectures and field trips, the program has involved opportunities to see some of Indonesia’s rich natural beauty, including visits to the Rainbow Waterfall and to Mt Bromo, one of Indonesia’s active volcanoes. While in Malang, the UB students took good care of the students from UoN, taking them to the best cafés, restaurants and other attractions in their amazing city.

Study at the Newcastle Law School

UoN is committed to giving law students opportunities for international study experiences. This year, in addition to the short course in Indonesia, law professors from UoN will be taking law students on short course programs in Brazil, Cambodia, China, the Cook Islands, Japan and Vietnam.

On top of amazing international experiences, students will have access to the state-of-the-art facilities, as Newcastle Law School is now housed at the NeW Space precinct. JD students are currently enjoying the highest quality social learning spaces, digital library services and information commons, collaborative learning and research spaces, and facilities for engagement with industry, business and the community.

 

Program: Juris Doctor & Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and July each year
Next available semester intake: February 2019
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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

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!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

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

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

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

Guest speaker Newcastle Law graduate Dave Lotimer

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

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

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

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

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

About the University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor Program

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Newcastle Law students study at award-winning NeW Space

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

Newcastle Law students study at award-winning NeW Space

Award-winning NeW Space Precinct (Photo: UON)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study at the Newcastle Law School

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

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

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Newcastle Law School offering free online law course

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

Great news: you can!

Newcastle Law School offering free online law course

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

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

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

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

About this course

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

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

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

What you’ll learn

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

Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor Program

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

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Ryerson Law Practice Program webinars

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

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

Ryerson Law Practice Program webinars

Study law in Australia—practice in Canada

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

Register now for a Ryerson LPP webinar.

About the Ryerson Law Practice Program

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

Practical Training (August – December)

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

Work Placement (January – April)

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Newcastle Law School students delivering complimentary legal service

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

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

Newcastle Law School students delivering complimentary legal service

Learn more about Newcastle Law School

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

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

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

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

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

University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor

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

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

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

Entry Requirements

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

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

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

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Do you need to write the LSAT?

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

Do you need to write the LSAT?

Getting ready to write the LSAT?

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

The LSAT has three types of questions:

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

Preparing for the test

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

LSAT test date and registration deadline

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

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

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

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Newcastle Law School academic honoured for making law accessible to all

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study law at the University of Newcastle

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

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

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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

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!