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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!

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Match rates for Canadian graduates of Australian medical schools

If you will be graduating from an Australian medical school, you will need to apply to CaRMS if you want a medical residency in Canada. Australian medical school graduates who have applied for a residency in the match have fared very well in the past.

Match rates for Canadians who have graduated from Australian medical schools

Learn more about studying at a medical school in Australia

So how good are the match rates for Canadians who have graduated from an Australian medical school you ask? According to CaRMS, Australia has the best matching success rate at 53% for any applicants applying outside of Canada. This is up from 46% in 2017.

What is the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)?

The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) is an impartial, not-for-profit organization that provides a fair and transparent online process to match medical students and residents with medical residency positions throughout Canada.

Using the Match Algorithm, CaRMS matches more than 3,500 applicants each year to postgraduate medical training programs in Canada through four residency matches.

The R-1 Main Residency Match (R-1 match) for entry-level postgraduate positions is CaRMS’ largest match. It is also open to graduates from international medical schools who meet the basic criteria and have no prior postgraduate training in Canada or the US.

Why do Canadian Australian medical graduates have such a high match rate?

  • Closest medical education system compared to Canada
  • Similar health care issues to Canada, reflected in their curriculum and training
  • Cultural alignment between our countries
  • Australian medical schools are world-class educational institutions

Every year, OzTREKK assists hundreds of Canadian students choose the right Australian medical school program. We understand admissions requirements and application procedures to Australian medical schools, and we can guide you through the differences between undergraduate streams and graduate-entry streams, and the considerations for practicing medicine following graduation.

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Do you need help with your medical school application? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Don’t miss the “Life After Bond Law School” webinar!

You’re invited to join us for the upcoming “Life After Bond Law” webinar on Monday, July 9. Meet former OzTREKK student and Bond Law School graduate Basil Bansal!

Find out what it’s like to study at Bond University in Australia, make your way through the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), articling, and bar processes.

Don't miss the Life After Bond Law School webinar!

Former OzTREKK student and Bond Law graduate Basil Bansal

Life After Bond webinar with Q & A

 Date: Monday, July 9, 2018
 Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)

Please join us to learn more about Bond Law and to get the inside scoop about what it’s like to return to Canada after completing a law degree in Australia.

To register, please email molly@oztrekk.com.

See what life is really like studying law at Bond and living in the Gold Coast!

Study at Bond Law School

Recognized as one of the top-ranked Australian law schools, Bond Law School has earned a reputation for its innovative teaching methods, international focus, skills training, and the outstanding success of its graduates.

Bond is Australia’s largest law school for Canadian Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws candidates. Bond has strong links with Canada and has been training Canadian lawyers for more than 20 years. There are currently more than 150 Canadian students studying law at Bond University and an active Canadian Law Students’ Association.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2018
Duration: 2 years

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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It’s not too late to apply for the September intake at Bond Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Don’t miss the Bond Law info sessions beginning this weekend

Whether you’re considering studying law at Bond University, or you’ve already applied to Bond and you’re looking for extra information, you won’t want to miss the upcoming Bond Law info sessions! This is your chance to speak directly with Bond Law representatives and Bond alumni to get the the inside scoop about being an international student and about how you can come back to Canada to practice law.

Don't miss the Bond Law info sessions beginning this weekend

Find out how you can study at Bond Law School

Bond Law Information Sessions Across Canada

TORONTO 
Sunday, June 24, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

EDMONTON
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

CALGARY
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
7 – 9 p.m

VANCOUVER
Thursday, June 28, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

Study at Bond Law School

Recognized as one of the top-ranked Australian law schools, Bond Law School has earned a reputation for its innovative teaching methods, international focus, skills training, and the outstanding success of its graduates. The Bond JD’s combination of excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program differentiates Bond from other institutions. It provides an exciting learning experience that both challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

Why Bond Law School?

Bond Law offers 3 intakes per year: September, January, and May. Bond’s 3-semesters-per-year academic calendar means you can graduate the 6-semester JD in just 2 years, a year ahead of the rest!

Graduate Sooner

Bond’s Faculty of Law has the most extensive connections to Canada of any Australian school, offering all 5 of the required Canadian Law subjects according to the NCA syllabus, taught by Canadian professors to ensure you are best prepared to gain accreditation to practice law in Canada upon your return.

Canadian Content

Thousands of Canadians have studied law at Bond and are successfully practicing in Canada. Bond Canadian Law Students’ Association hosts NCA process seminars and provides information and support for Canadians wishing to return to Canada.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2018
Duration: 2 years

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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It’s not too late to apply for the September intake at Bond Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Bond Law Instagram live with OzTREKK’s Molly and Kati June 15

Do you have questions about studying at Bond Law School?

Bond Law Instagram live with OzTREKK's Molly and Kati June 15

Don’t miss the Bond Law Instagram live with Kati and Molly!

OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon and OzTREKK’s West Coast Territory Manager Kati Gorbachyova will be hosting our Bond Law Instagram live session tomorrow, June 15, where you can get the inside scoop!

Date: Friday, July 15
Time: 2 p.m.(ish!)
Follow OzTREKK: @oztrekk    Make sure you turn on your notifications!

Bond Law Instagram Live

  • Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws—which one is right for you?
  • What does it take to get in?
  • What is the admissions process?
  • How does OzTREKK help?
  • When is the best time to apply/accept?

If you’ve already applied and are planning to attend Bond Law for the September 2018 intake, Molly and Kati will also go over how to accept, the student visa process, and the OzTREKK Student Contact List!

What do OzTREKK students say about Bond Law?

I love the university and program! The teachers are very helpful and campus is beautiful! Australia is a very warm and welcoming place. Study in Australia! It is the chance of a lifetime and you will enjoy every minute of pure sunshine.” 

“I like how small the university feels, the professors know everyone by name. The University has a legal skills course for each class you take which is nice because you get the hands on experience you will need in the future. Bond Uni is awesome! So far I am really enjoying the program, it is a lot of work but it has been great so far.”

“The JD program at Bond caters to Canadian students and there is always mention of Canadian laws in class and even Canadian courses you can take to make the transition more smooth when going home.” 

Would you like to study law this September?

You can! With three intakes per year, January, May and September, Bond Law Juris Doctor candidates are able to apply any time throughout the year—and the LSAT is not required!

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2018
Duration: 2 years

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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Do you have any questions about how to apply to Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Don’t miss the upcoming UQ Medicine webinar tomorrow!

We’re pleased to announce the next webinar in our UQ Med Summer Series: Meet UQ Medicine Academic Lead Dr Tammy Smith! Please join us and Dr. Tammy Smith, clinical lead for Phase 1 of the UQ MD program.

Don't miss the upcoming UQ Medicine webinar tomorrow!

UQ Medicine Phase 1 Clinical Lead Dr Tammy Smith

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

  • Studying medicine at UQ
  • UQ Medicine pre-clinical years
  • What to expect and how to prepare

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time: 7 – 8 p.m. (EDT)

To register, please email kaylee@oztrekk.com!

About the UQ Medicine Phase 1

In the UQ Medicine program, years 1 and 2 combine biomedical sciences, public health, medical ethics and clinical skills training in a case-based learning context, focused around a series of patient-centred cases, each designed to highlight principles and issues in health and disease. Early patient contact, clinical reasoning and research training are embedded to develop advanced clinical skills and medical knowledge required for evidence-based clinical practice.

Phase 1 consists of the pre-clinical years, and Phase 2 comprises the clinical rotations. Each course is a separate entity with its own curriculum, assessment, and course coordinator. In between Years 1 and 2, there is an Observership conducted during the Summer Semester.

Here’s a list of what you will study during Phase 1 of the UQ MD:

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Clinical Science 1
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Ethics and Professional Practice 1
  • Health, Society & Research 1

Year 1, Semester 2

  • Clinical Science 2
  • Clinical Practice 2
  • Ethics & Professional Practice 2
  • Health, Society & Research 2

Would you like to apply to UQ Medical School?

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible to increase their chances of timely assessment. This program can fill quickly!

Apply to the UQ School of Medicine!

Do you have any questions about the UQ Medicine Summer Series? Please email OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com for details!

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Upcoming Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine webinar

What makes the Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine program so great? How does it stand out from other medical programs? Join the webinar on June 6 to find out!

Upcoming Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine webinar

Dr Welly Firmanto

Hosted by OzTREKK’s Medicine Admissions Officers Kaylee and Amanda, this webinar will feature General Manager of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University, Dr Welly Firmanto. You will also have the opportunity to hear from a current Macquarie Doctor of Medicine student to find out what life is really like in Australia and at Macquarie!

What will you learn?

Discover more about Macquarie medical school, the MD program, and about life at the university. Bring your questions to the webinar and find out more about the Macquarie MD’s unique global focus—including a clinical year in India!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 @ 6 p.m. EDT; 3 p.m. PDT 

For registration details, please email kaylee@oztrekk.com.

About the Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine

The Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine program aims to provide students with a high-quality and innovative learning experience. With a small annual intake of 60 (40 domestic and 20 international), students will have access to impressive facilities and medical educators, researchers and clinicians. The Macquarie MD includes extended international clinical experiences for all students, including all-expenses-paid clinical rotations in Hyderabad, India.

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: October 5, 2018

Apply to the Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine!

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Find out more about this upcoming Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine webinar and about studying at Macquarie! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

Friday, June 1st, 2018

June is Bond Law month at OzTREKK

What are you doing this June? If you’re interested in studying law, then we’ve got great news for you!

June is Bond Law month at OzTREKK

Follow OzTREKK on Facebook and Instagram to catch the latest inside info about studying law at Bond University!

June is officially “Bond Law Month” at OzTREKK!

What does that mean for you? We plan to connect you with everything Bond Law. We’re going to have fun on social media and we want you to be a part of it!

Instagram Takeover

Current Bond law students are hijacking our Instagram! See what life is really like studying law at Bond and living in the Gold Coast.

Live Stream

OzTREKK’s Molly and Kati will be going live (for the first time!) with Bond Law admissions info! Tip #1: Kati used to work for Bond!

Bond Alumni Webinar

What are they up to now and how did they get there? Yes, they’re actually using their law degrees! See firsthand what it’s like to live the dream of practicing law in Canada.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to get the inside scoop!

Bond Law In-person Information Sessions

Want to speak with Bond Law representatives face to face? Then come along to the upcoming in-person info sessions and find out more about Bond’s law programs from International Regional Manager Stuart Floyd—and meet Bond alumni!

TORONTO 
Sunday, June 24, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

EDMONTON
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

CALGARY
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
7 – 9 p.m

VANCOUVER
Thursday, June 28, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

With three intakes per year, January, May and September, Bond Law Juris Doctor candidates are able to apply any time throughout the year—and the LSAT is not required. If you’re thinking of attending this September, now is the time to get your application documents in!

Bond is Australia’s largest law school for Canadian Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws candidates. Bond has strong links with Canada and has been training Canadian lawyers for more than 20 years. There are currently more than 150 Canadian students studying law at Bond University and an active Canadian Law Students’ Association.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply now to Bond Law School!

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For details about the upcoming OzTREKK Study Law in Australia info sessions with Bond University, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Join us for the Study in Australia Fairs this weekend

Can you picture yourself in a great career? What do you need to get there? Join us at one of our upcoming Study in Australia Fairs this weekend to meet us and Australian university representatives to find out more about your study options—no matter what your interest!

Join us for the Study in Australia Fairs this weekend

Find out more about the Study in Australia Fairs!

The annual OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs will be hosted in Toronto and Vancouver, and it is the largest specific fair of its kind in Canada.

Toronto

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 12  – 3 p.m.
Venue: Hilton Toronto, Osgoode Room, 3rd floor

Vancouver

Date: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Time:  12  – 3 p.m.
Venue: UBC Robson Square, Plaza Lounge

No RSVP required—just come along with friends and family!

Do you have questions about admissions tests, GPA requirements, interviews, financing, scholarships, accreditation? You have questions and we’re here to answer them!

Australian universities only visit a few times a year, so this is a must-not-miss event.

Programs to Learn About

At the fairs, you will be able to find out more information about the following study opportunities in Australia:

…plus many more programs.

Want more details? For more information, contact OzTREKK at 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com. Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 28th, 2018

You can rock your medical school interview! Here’s how!

Are you ready for your medical school interview? We know that applying to an Australian medical school is a big deal, and one of the most stress-inducing parts of the process can be the interview portion!

Being prepared and having an idea of the types of questions you may be asked will certainly pay off and help you to feel more comfortable. During your medical school interview, you may encounter questions ranging from the basics like your work history and volunteer experience to more situational and behavioral questions. Here are some ways to help you rock your Australian medical school interview!

How to rock your Australian medical school interview

Are you ready for your medical school interview?

Preparation before the interview

First, what is a multi-mini interview (MMI)?
The MMI is an assessment of applicants’ personal and professional attributes. It is designed to test your reasoning and problem-solving skills in a range of areas that the school considers important in entry-level students, as well as your values and commitment. The assessment is conducted through a range of different authentic scenarios that test specific characteristics.

Set a calendar reminder
Your educational future is potentially riding on this interview! As soon as you receive the date and time for your interview, put it in your calendar and set a reminder.

#OzTREKKtip: Don’t ask them to reschedule unless it’s an emergency. Spots fill up extremely quickly and it can be difficult to juggle dozens of applicants. If you truly can’t attend your interview at the specified time, you must contact the university’s admissions office as soon as possible. They will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs, but cannot guarantee that an alternative interview time will be available.

Have reliable equipment and internet access
You should use the most reliable method of connection available for your interview (e.g., a wired computer connection, where possible.) Wireless connection can be used, provided that it is sufficiently reliable to complete the interview process. Imagine beginning your interview with shady internet connection—yikes!

Don’t have Skype (or the platform they will use)? Get it. Learn about it. Be prepared to know how it works. Especially learn the instant messaging button as this is where you will read the interview questions.

Practice
What is happening in the world? Find someone to discuss what is happening around you. Present your views and listen to their views. This is a great way to actually hear different sides of the same story. Practice formulating a position, practice speaking, and practice expressing your opinion! Try to avoid confrontation.

Do your homework
Familiarise yourself with the medical school. What is the school known for? Why is that a good fit for you? Are you interested in rural medicine? It’s a good idea to know the medical profession—its past, its present, its future. This shows you would like to invest your life in the field of medicine.

Questions, please
If you are invited to ask questions, have some! Be prepared to speak about yourself and your interests outside of medicine.

Who are you?
Do you have weaknesses? What are they? Are you working on them? Where do you see yourself 5, 10, 20 years from now? What makes you stand out from other applicants? (don’t brag!) Be prepared to talk about your undergrad degree.

During the interview

Be ready early
On the day of your interview, you must be ready at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. Your interview will likely last at least 45 minutes; however, you should allow at least one hour in addition to this time in case there is a delay, or there is a need to clarify a matter. Also note that there won’t be any breaks. Use the washroom beforehand. You may have a glass of water handy should you need it.

For verification purposes, you must bring photographic identification (passport or driver’s license) to the interview. Have it ready to show at the beginning of your interview. Now is not the time to go fishing through your purse or digging in your wallet.

Quiet on the set!
The last thing you want during an interview is to be distracted. Choose distraction-free place where you will have excellent internet access. Turn. Your. Cellphone. Off.

Listen 
Sometimes it can be hard to concentrate when we’re stressed, and we often blurt out the first thing that pops into our heads. Do your best to really actively listen to what’s being asked so you can answer appropriately.

Try to remain calm and speak at a moderate pace
Take a deep breath. The interviewers are people, just like you. They understand that you will be nervous and will factor that in when they interview you. Don’t lie. Answer questions as honestly as possible. If you don’t know how to answer the question, a simple “I’m not sure” is far better than a long-winded lie.

Be yourself. Putting on an act to impress people is rarely successful, is usually transparent, and is most often a turnoff. If an interviewer has a bad first impression about you, the other aspects of that particular station will likely be graded poorly. Remember, the interviewers are people too, and they are likely volunteering in the MMI process. This is especially important if you consider an interviewer may not even be listening to a word you are saying. At the end of the station, the interviewer may look back at the past 7 or so minutes, and depending on how much verbal diarrhea you may have spewed out, they may only remember how calm, collected, and eloquently spoken you are.

Dress code
This is a no-brainer. Dress appropriately. No one wants to see you just out of bed, in a T-shirt, or wearing exercise gear. You are interviewing for a professional degree!

Express yourself
The questions are not “black and white,” “right or wrong.” The interviewers are interested in your passion for medicine, your thought processes, your communication skills, and your personality. Stations can be loosely categorised into ethical-dilemma situations, teamwork-based situations, professionalism situations, differing-opinion situations, etc. Figure out what kind of general situation you are in and then present not only how you view the situation, but also from the viewpoint of bystanders and/or the opposing party. Think outside the box, but tread lightly!

Generally speaking, the medical schools will be looking for the following skills and attributes from applicants:

  1. Knowledge relevant to the question and your ability to formulate an approach to address the topic
  2. The capacity to draw implications from your knowledge
  3. Insight into you own attitudes and views (and that of others) relevant to the issue

If an interviewer interrupts at any point, stop and listen carefully to what he/she has to say. They are doing this in your favour, as you are likely veering off course in your discussion.

Whether this is your first interview or your fiftieth, a little preparation and confidence can go a long way! Remember to keep these tips in mind and to just be yourself. And finally, don’t forget to thank the interviewers for taking the time to meet with you and for the opportunity to participate.

Best of luck!

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If you have any questions regarding your Australian medical school interview, please contact OzTREKK’s Med Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. We’re here to help!