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Monday, January 15th, 2018

Do you need to write the LSAT?

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

Do you need to write the LSAT?

Getting ready to write the LSAT?

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

The LSAT has three types of questions:

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

Preparing for the test

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

LSAT test date and registration deadline

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

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

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

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Sydney Law School students excel in Tokyo moot

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

Sydney Law School

Team Australia in Tokyo (Photo: University of Sydney)

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

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

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

Study law at the University of Sydney Law School

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

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

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

Apply now to the Sydney Juris Doctor!

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

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 20th, 2017

Sydney Law School lecturer discusses misconceptions about crime

Punishment isn’t always the answer to reduce crime.

Sydney Law School lecturer discusses misconceptions about crime

Host Chris Neff – Open for Discussion podcast

How do we encourage people not to break the law? Most times we think of crime, it’s after the fact. But what if through certain measures we could stop a crime before it happens? No, it’s not a Tom Cruise movie, simply the idea that through certain measures, the opportunity for crime may be removed.

Dr Garner Clancey from Sydney Law School joined Open for Discussion to chat crime statistics and the strategies used today to prevent crimes. Dr Garner Clancey, a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Sydney Law School, is an expert in crime prevention and statistics and over the past 25 years has worked with NSW Police, the Department of Juvenile Justice and other government organisations on a number of crime prevention strategies.

Here, Dr Clancey shares four misconceptions about crime:

Myth 1: The crime rate is going up

We’re not in the grips of a crime wave. In fact, the overall crime rate in NSW has been declining since the turn of the millennium. In the UK the crime rate began declining around 1995, while in the US it began to fall in 1990, 1991.

And the falls have been quite dramatic. For example, in the year 2000 there were approximately 82,000 incidents of burglary per year in NSW, while last year it was only 32,000. And the murder rate in the state is the lowest it’s been in 40 years.

Problem is, no one can explain the major drop—it’s criminology’s “dirty little secret!

Myth 2: Closed circuit television is a good prevention tool

CCTV can be successful in preventing thefts from shops; however, the data shows that for public places it’s really not all that useful.

People may not know the cameras are there, especially if they’re intoxicated, so continue with the behaviour anyway. And those watching the cameras may not realise anything criminal is going on so can’t do anything to stop the crime.

Some cameras aren’t even monitored, so are only helpful for identification once a crime has been committed.

Myth 3: Putting people in prison stops crime

Prison is a big investment without a great return.

It costs the state approximately $200 a day to incarcerate an adult in NSW, while it costs nearly $1,000 a day to incarcerate a juvenile. It’s further reported that nearly half of those leaving prison today in NSW will return to prison within two years.

Myth 4: All crimes are reported equally

For those crimes that people need to report for insurance reasons, such as car theft or house break ins, we know the statistics are fairly accurate—not much goes unreported. Unfortunately, the opposite is true for sexual assault and domestic violence. This means that the recent rise in those crimes is only telling part of the story.

Listen to Dr Garner Clancey on SoundCloud, subscribe on iTunes.

Christopher Pepin-Neff is a lecturer in Public Policy in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His research interests include theories of the policy process, policy analysis, the role of policy entrepreneurs, and comparative public policy.

About the University of Sydney Law School Juris Doctor

The 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
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.

Apply now to Sydney Law School!

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Find out more about studying at Sydney Law School! Contact 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, 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.

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Sydney Virtual Fair for international students

Don’t miss the University of Sydney’s virtual fair for international students! This is a great opportunity to chat online with friendly uni staff and have all your questions answered about studying at Australia’s first university.

Sydney Virtual Fair for International Students

Don’t miss Sydney’s Virtual Fair for international students

You can find out about admission requirements, watch video presentations from leading academics and current students, and learn about accommodation, student services and life in Sydney. If you’ve applied to the Sydney Sydney Juris Doctor, you can find out more about the program at 6 p.m. (EDT)!

The fair will run from 4 a.m. until 8 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, October 12. No matter where you are in Canada, you can chat with admissions and faculty staff about the university’s huge range of study opportunities and have all your questions answered.

  • Virtual Fair starts – Oct. 12 @ 4 a.m. 
  • Juris Doctor – Oct. 12 @ 6 p.m. (EDT)
  • Received an offer? Get questions answered – Oct. 12 @ 6:30 p.m. (EDT)

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Don’t forget to register!

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Find out more about this upcoming University of Sydney virtual fair! Contact OzTREKK for more information.

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.

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.

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.

Monday, May 15th, 2017

It’s National Law Week in Australia

National Law Week in Australia takes place throughout Australia in May each year. This year, it runs from May 15 – 19. 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.

It's National Law Week in Australia

Find out how you can study at an Australian law school (Photo: Bond University)

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 for the whole community to enjoy. 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.

Australian Law Schools are a popular option for Canadian students wishing to attain qualifications to practice law.

But how do you know which degree to take—the LLB or the JD? It’s a question we receive a lot here at the OzTREKK office. Just what is the difference between the Bachelor of Laws and the Juris Doctor? Although we’ve covered the topic before, with so many new applicants, we felt it was important to have another look and answer some other common questions we receive.

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. LLB 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).

After I graduate, what do I have to do in order to be eligible to practice law in Canada?

An assessment based on your academic and professional profile is done before you may apply for admission to a law society in a Canadian common law jurisdiction. Once a file is assessed by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), you may be asked to complete one or more exams and/or attend and complete specific law school courses within a prescribed time frame. Upon successful completion of these requirements, the NCA issues a Certificate of Qualification. The certificate will state that you have education and training equivalent to that of a graduate from a Canadian law school.

How can I take the examinations in Canadian law?

There are two ways of taking these examinations if they have not been taken as part of an Australian Law School degree. Once an assessment is complete, you may either complete assigned subjects with NCA “challenge exams” or complete assigned subjects at law school.

The more popular route for Canadians is the challenge exams.

NCA assessments focus on the competence of applicants in core common law subjects, including four Canadian subjects which are mandatory for all applicants:

  • Principles of Canadian Administrative Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Foundations of Canadian Law

A syllabus and sample exam are available for each subject.

How much difference is there between Australian and Canadian law?

The principles and methodology of Australian and Canadian law are similar. The details of statutory provisions and case-law obviously differ, but an Australian law degree provides a good basis for taking examinations in Canadian law and for legal practice in Canada.

Will I be able to practice law in Australia?

These are two separate issues: qualification as an Australian lawyer and possession of a visa entitling you to work in Australia. Admission to the legal profession in Australia requires—depending on the state—the completion of either articles or a six-month Practical Legal Training program. Australian immigration operates on a “points” system for working visas. Some points are awarded for having an Australian degree, but additional points are required. Some of OzTREKK’s Australian law school graduates have qualified and are working in Australia. For further information, you should contact the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection or an Australian consulate in Canada.

Which law programs do OzTREKK Australian Law Schools offer?

OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools offer either a graduate-entry LLB or JD. Click on the links below to find out more about the university’s law program.

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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.