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Friday, February 24th, 2017

University of Sydney Law School Juris Doctor FAQs

What is the difference between the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and the Juris Doctor (JD) offered at the University of Sydney?

University of Sydney Law School Juris Doctor FAQs

Learn more about studying at Sydney Law School

Both the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and the Juris Doctor (JD) are law degrees which upon their completion enable you to apply in your jurisdiction to practice as a lawyer. The main difference between the two law degrees is that the LLB is intended for those applicants who have not completed an undergraduate university degree. Their highest level of qualification is high school.

The JD is simply the graduate-entry version of the LLB. You must have completed an undergraduate degree before you can commence the JD. If you have not completed an undergraduate degree, then you apply to the LLB.

When can I commence my studies in the JD program at Sydney Uni?

The Juris Doctor  program commences in the first semester of each year, which is in late February/early March.

Do I need to sit the LSAT to apply to Sydney Law School?

No, the LSAT is not a requirement and is not assessed. Even if you have completed the LSAT, it will not be assessed as part of the application process.

Which electives do I study?

You will have a wide range of electives from which to choose. There will be a strong emphasis on international law and you may choose some units from the Sydney Law School‘s extensive postgraduate coursework units of study. You will complete 7 electives and will be able to choose from 3 tables of electives.

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.

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.

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!

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Sydney Law School hosting info sessions in Canada

Why consider studying at one of the world’s best law schools?

Join us October 17 – 20 to find out why so many Canadians are choosing to receive a world-class legal education at Sydney Law School. Meet and speak with the Dean of Law Prof Joellen Riley, and learn more about the accreditation process and how you can take your law degree back home with you after graduation!

Sydney Law School hosting info sessions in Canada

Register for an upcoming Sydney Law information session!

Sydney Law School information sessions

Vancouver
seminar and refreshments
Date: October 17
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hatch Gallery, AMS Student Nest, UBC

Burnaby
seminar and refreshments
Date: October 18
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: AQ, Room 5025, SFU

Toronto
seminar and refreshments
Date: October 19
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: University College, Room 152, University of Toronto

Ottawa
seminar and refreshments
Date: October 20
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Maple Room, Westin Ottawa

An international leader in legal education

The Sydney Law School is one of the world’s leading law schools, with a global ranking of 11 in the QS World Universities Rankings for the discipline of law.

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. The Sydney Juris Doctor (JD) is the University of Sydney’s graduate-entry law degree. It provides a world-class legal education that prepares students for the global and international environment in which they will provide legal advice. Sydney’s law students receive an education that equips them for the practice of law in a global, transnational and international marketplace for legal services.

I chose Sydney Law School mainly due to its international focus and specialization in Maritime (Admiralty) Law. The school is also ranked very highly around the world and is one of the top law schools internationally! The Sydney JD is a tough program; however, the structure gives you the skills and discipline you need to succeed in the profession. The professors often draw on cases from other jurisdictions for comparison and to provide a global education.  OzTREKK student Kate Reagh, Sydney Juris Doctor (JD). Read her story!

Sydney Juris Doctor Scholarships

The University of Sydney offers two international scholarships available for future Sydney JD students:

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

Application deadline for both scholarships is Thursday, November 29, 2016. When you apply to one scholarship, you will automatically be assessed for the other!

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Find out more about the upcoming Sydney Law School information sessions! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, September 26th, 2016

What is the Sydney University Law Society?

The Sydney University Law Society (SULS) is the primary association for students studying at Sydney Law School, and is officially associated with the Faculty of Law. The membership of the society comprises all students in the Faculty of Law proceeding to a degree or diploma (including undergraduate, postgraduate, and Juris Doctor students).

As the largest and most active society at Sydney, SULS aims to enrich the law student experience. SULS provides the law school community with a variety of social events, educational support, mooting and skills competitions, careers events, sporting functions, and initiatives that inspire students to use the law as an instrument for social change.

The great news? All law students at the University of Sydney are automatically members of SULS!

Student Support Services

Ensuring that your experience at law school is a rewarding, safe, and happy one is a major priority for SULS. Student welfare is at the core of their agenda.

The SULS also provides law students with an Equity Handbook, which gives an overview of support services on and around campus, information about transport and accommodation, academic and career support and advice about maintaining your health and well-being.

Sydney Law Revue

The Sydney Law Revue features comedy sketches, songs and videos written and performed by students, usually commenting satirically on current affairs, the supporting faculty and general student life.

Study law at the University of Sydney Law School

The Juris Doctor 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: March
Application deadline: It is recommended that students apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

To be eligible to apply to the Sydney Law School JD, you must have the following:

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

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.

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Apply for a Sydney JD scholarship!

Have you applied to Sydney Law School for the February 2017 intake? Are you planning to apply?

Apply for a Sydney JD scholarship!

Learn more about Sydney Law School

If so, then we’ve got great news to share! The University of Sydney has announced two international scholarships available for future Sydney JD students:

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

C.A Coghlan and A.N Littlejohn Scholarship

The C.A Coghlan and A.N Littlejohn Scholarship for the Juris Doctor has been made available by the generosity of two benefactors of the Faculty of Law. The scholarship is made possible by combining two separate bequests, all of which set the same terms and conditions.

The Wigram Allen Scholarship for the Juris Doctor

The Wigram Allen Scholarships were originally founded on gifts of 381 pounds in 1867 and 500 pounds in 1883 from Sir George Wigram Allen. Given to encourage the study of law, these funds are now used to provide commencing scholarships for the Juris Doctor. The Wigram Allen Scholarship for the Juris Doctor is open to all domestic and international applicants commencing the Juris Doctor (JD) at the Sydney Law School.

Additional Conditions

Scholarship holders may be required to promote the Sydney Law School and represent the Sydney Law School at student orientation, recruitment events and corporate networking events.

What is the value of the Sydney JD Scholarships?

The C.A Coghlan and A.N Littlejohn Scholarship for the Juris Doctor and the Wigram Allen Scholarship for the Juris Doctor are worth $6,000 per year, tenable for 3 years, which is the normal full-time duration of the degree.

The scholarships will be paid annually, in two equal installments of $3,000. Payment will be made after the March 31 census date and the August 31 census date subject to continued enrolment and satisfactory performance as detailed in the eligibility criteria.

Application deadline for both scholarships is Thursday, November 29, 2016. When you apply to one scholarship, you will automatically be assessed for the other!

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.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
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 the Sydney JD scholarships and their conditions and how you can apply! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Outstanding achievement by Sydney Law School student at Cambridge

Mitchell Cleaver is the first Sydney Law School student to receive a dual degree from one of the UK’s most prestigious law schools.

Final year Arts/Law student Mitchell has achieved First Class Honours and Fourth in the order of merit for the Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Cambridge.

Outstanding achievement by Sydney Law School student at Cambridge

Sydney Law School student Mitchell Cleaver travelled to the UK to study at the University of Cambridge (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

Mitchell is the first Sydney Law School student to join the Cambridge Pathways Program.

“It is wonderful that our first Cambridge Pathways student has returned home with such an outstanding result,” said Sydney Law School Dean Professor Joellen Riley.

“His achievement sets the bar very high for our future students in the program.”

Commenting on his achievement, Mitchell said that while the Pathways Program may seem daunting, this should not dissuade students from applying.

“If anything, having been in full-time education immediately prior to commencing the course can be a real advantage,” he said.

“Although the courses are demanding, they are also incredibly rewarding. Students are encouraged to focus on what they consider to be fascinating, challenging or controversial. There is a lot of scope for independent research.”

Mitchell said that one of the most exciting aspects of his time at Cambridge was participating in college life.

“The college system means that one is living and working alongside students from a large number of disciplines, all of whom share a similar love of learning. The sense of community is very strong,” he said.

Outside of his studies, Mitchell played on the hockey team at Jesus College and served as a student representative to the law faculty.

“Cambridge is a fantastic place to study and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend a year here.”

The Pathways Program with Oxford and Cambridge allows high-achieving students to receive a Sydney LLB or a Sydney JD as well as an Oxford Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) or Master of Law and Finance (MLF), or a Cambridge Master of Laws (LLM) or Masters in Corporate Law (MCL).

Instead of completing the final semester of their degree in Sydney, students commence their studies in the UK in late September, after successful completion of their second-last semester in Sydney.

Admission is competitive and is assessed by the overseas law school.

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 Law School also has a number of university-wide and faculty-specific exchange agreements with universities here in Canada. University-wide agreements have been made with the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto, while faculty-specific exchanges have been set up with Queen’s University and the University of Victoria.

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.

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 at shannon@oztrekk.com for more law school information.

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Sydney leading legal expert named Harvard Chair in Australian Studies

The University of Sydney and Harvard University have announced the appointment of Professor Ben Saul to the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies for the 2017–2018 academic year.

Sydney leading legal expert named Harvard Chair in Australian Studies

Headed to Harvard: Professor Ben Saul, the University’s Challis Chair of International Law (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

Professor Saul is a practising barrister and leading global legal expert in public international law, with a special focus on fields including terrorism, human rights, armed conflict, and the United Nations. Professor Saul was recently appointed Challis Chair of International Law at the University of Sydney, Australia’s – and one of the world’s – oldest professorships in international law.

“I am honoured that Harvard has invited me to spend a year researching and teaching on terrorism, human rights and international law. Harvard is the world’s preeminent university, with a rich tradition of legal scholarship addressing the common global challenges faced by Australia and the United States,” said Professor Saul.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for me to work alongside Harvard’s renowned legal scholars and learn from Harvard’s close links to US government lawmaking.

“It is also a privilege to follow in the footsteps of my Sydney colleague Professor Helen Irving, as the second legal academic to ever hold the Chair in 40 years.”

First legal scholar named Chair since 2006

At Harvard Law School, Professor Saul will research how international law can more effectively suppress terrorism and control excessive counter-terrorism. He will also give a series of public lectures and work on a forthcoming book about terrorist groups’ attitudes to basic humanitarian rules in war, based on field interviews with armed groups in numerous countries.

“It has been a decade since a legal scholar has been appointed to the Harvard Chair of Australian Studies,” said Professor Nicholas Jose, Chair of the Australian Advisory Committee.

“Ben Saul is one of Australia’s most distinguished thinkers in the field of international law. His work engages with some of the most challenging issues of our time. We are delighted to see him appointed to this prestigious position.

“He will bring an Australian perspective to his teaching at Harvard, including a case study of Australia’s counter-terrorism laws, considered in a comparative and global context,” said Professor Jose.

Sydney’s Harvard Chair history

The visiting professorship was established at Harvard in 1976, as a result of a gift from the Australian government to mark the bicentennial of the United States. Professor Saul is the sixth University of Sydney academic to hold the annual Chair in its 40-year history.

Previously, the former chancellor of the University of Sydney, the late Dame Leonie Kramer AC DBE, sociologist Professor Raewyn Connell, the now Cambridge-based historian Professor Alison Bashford, and constitutional law expert Professor Helen Irving have held the visiting professorship.

Professor Penny Russell, the university’s Bicentennial Professor of Australian History, is joint Chair for the 2016-2017 academic year, with Professor John Gascoigne, Scientia Professor in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales.

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 Law School has a number of university-wide and faculty-specific exchange agreements with universities here in Canada. University-wide agreements have been made with the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto, while faculty-specific exchanges have been set up with Queen’s University and the University of Victoria.

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Industry experts at Sydney Law School

The University of Sydney Law School is one of the world’s leading law schools, with a world ranking of #11 in the QS World Universities Rankings for the discipline of law. With more than 150 years’ experience, Sydney Law School is committed to excellence in legal education, which we demonstrate in many diverse ways.

Sydney Law School is an international leader in legal research, led by globally recognised legal educators, world-renowned researchers and highly respected professional practitioners.

The research undertaken at the Sydney Law School is world class, and has a global impact. This is evidenced by the Sydney Law School receiving the highest possible rating of five, in the Australian Research Council 2015 and 2012 Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) outcomes reports

Sydney places particular emphasis on international and comparative law while also maintaining a strong focus on taxation, commercial, corporate and criminal law. The school offers research expertise in specialist areas such as climate and environmental law, as well as health and medical law.

Sydney Law School offers one of Australia’s largest and most specialised coursework and research programs in law, with 80 percent of units offered on an intensive basis. The coursework program reflects the latest developments within the practice and profession of law.

Domestic practitioners and international visitors teach 60 percent of the program ensuring that teaching is informed by current practice relevance and leading edge ensuring Sydney law graduates will be able to use information effectively in a range of contexts.

The school’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) initiative, Professional Plus+, offers busy professionals the chance to sample the program for CPD points or engage with the Law and Business Seminar Series.

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.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
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 the Sydney JD program and about studying at Sydney Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.