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Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Melbourne Law School alumnus’ donation supports new Centre on Statelessness

One of the most significant gifts in the University of Melbourne Law School‘s history will establish the world’s only academic centre devoted to the problem of statelessness.

Peter and Ruth McMullin made the public announcement of their intended donation at a gala dinner to celebrate the 160th anniversary of teaching law at Melbourne. Mr McMullin is a Melbourne Law School alumnus.

Melbourne Law School alumnus' donation supports new Centre on Statelessness

Ruth and Peter McMullin (Photo: University of Melbourne)

“Ruth and I congratulate the Melbourne Law School on its global leadership in establishing the Centre and it is our pleasure to support it,” he said.

“In our opinion, policy solutions need to be found to address the mounting issue of statelessness around the world, and we look forward to them being developed through the work of the Centre.

“We all need to contribute where we can to strengthen valuable institutions like the University of Melbourne in the current global environment.”

University of Melbourne Chancellor (and fellow Melbourne Law School alumnus) Allan Myers said the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness was one of the most significant and visionary philanthropic initiatives in the history of the Melbourne Law School.

Mr Myers said the Centre on Statelessness would examine the causes and extent of statelessness around the world, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

“It will work with governments, the not-for-profit sector and the United Nations towards the elimination of statelessness and it will work to protect the rights of stateless people,” he said.

“The Centre will engage in research, teaching and training, supporting public policy and law reform, and raising public awareness and understanding of statelessness.”

Mr Myers said the Centre would begin in 2018 under the leadership of Professor Michelle Foster, a globally respected University of Melbourne scholar in refugee and human rights law.

“A child is born into statelessness every 10 minutes and stateless people are vulnerable to a wide range of legal disabilities in many countries which may limit their right to education, employment, travel and even marriage,” he said.

“The Melbourne Law School is proud to establish a centre that will play a critical role in worldwide efforts to eliminate statelessness and to protect the rights of stateless people.”

The donation was made through Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbournewhich helps fund life-changing research, gives bright students the chance to excel and funds projects that improve communities.

University of Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor program

The University of Melbourne’s JD is designed specifically for graduate students. The program is highly regarded both nationally and internationally. It leads to admission to the legal profession in all Australian jurisdictions and can also be used as a basis for seeking admission in many jurisdictions overseas. The curriculum for this law program allows students to build the core skills essential to a wide range of legal and professional careers, and gives them the opportunity to tailor their studies to areas of particular interest through elective subjects.

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Intake: February
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)
Application Deadline: Melbourne Law School has a general application deadline of November 30 each year. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
  • completed the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

Apply to the University of Melbourne Law School!

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Learn more about Melbourne Law School! Email 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, 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.

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Bond University opens Family Dispute Resolution Clinic

Bond University family dispute resolution students, together with experienced practitioners, will provide affordable dispute resolution and mediation services to families coping with the difficulties of separation, with the launch of the new Family Dispute Resolution Clinic.

Family Dispute Resolution Clinic to open at Bond University

Libby Taylor and Deborah Wilmoth of the Bond Dispute Resolution Centre (Photo: Bond University)

The new initiative, the result of a collaboration between Bond University Faculty of Law and its Psychology Clinic, will help families access dispute resolution services to resolve parenting arrangements, together with providing referrals to other experienced professionals to ensure parties receive the professional support, guidance and advice needed during what are often very challenging times.

Family Dispute Resolution Clinic co-director Libby Taylor said the new centre was focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for families and, in particular, the best interests of the children.

“The clinic has been developed to assist families and children who are facing the challenges of separation and who need assistance in making both short and long-term parenting arrangements,” said Ms Taylor.

“The demand for this style of service is quite high, with families often forced to wait for some time for dispute resolution, which can make a stressful situation even more difficult.

“The students, under the guidance and supervision of accredited family dispute resolution practitioners, will work with these families to establish effective post-separation parenting arrangements, helping to reduce the negative effects of separation and conflict, particularly on children.”

Ms Taylor said the clinic would help address increased community demand for affordable dispute resolution and mediation services that could be readily accessed by families.

“We want to provide a safe and supportive environment, which meets the needs of the community, while providing our students with valuable experience so they are well equipped to deal with these complex issues when they become accredited family dispute resolution practitioners,” she said.

Psychology Clinic director Deborah Wilmoth said provisionally registered psychologists, in conjunction with qualified staff, would provide support by helping identify psychological risk factors that might need to be addressed as part of family dispute resolution and mediation.

“The new clinic will provide clients with a one-stop shop, where they can access psychological support as part of the family dispute resolution assessment, rather than needing to seek help elsewhere,” said Ms Wilmoth.

“We will also be offering a dedicated course for parents who are going through separation to help them understand the impact it can have on children.”

The establishment of the Bond University Family Dispute Resolution Clinic follows the success of the Bond Law Clinic, which was founded in 2013 and offers free legal advice to start-ups, small businesses and

registered not-for-profit organisations. The Bond Law Clinic assists about 420 organisations each year.

The Psychology Clinic was formed in 1999, as a teaching facility to provide psychological services to the Gold Coast community.

Choosing to study at Bond University 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.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2017
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. You are encouraged to apply early, particularly if you are seeking entry into the September intake.

Entry Requirements for the Bond University Juris Doctor Program

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline in order to apply to the program. Students who have not yet completed a bachelor degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the program.
  • Two reference letters are required.
  • Applicants who have a cumulative average of 70% or above should apply to the program.

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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Would you like more information about studying at Bond University Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston 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.

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Bond Law School offers free workshop for Canadian JD students

Did you know Bond Law School offers a short course in Canadian Professional Responsibility to their law students at no additional cost?

Bond Law School offers free course for Canadian JD students

Study law at Bond University!

In order to help prepare their Canadian students for the NCA exam, Bond Law offers an extracurricular workshop each semester—Canadian Professional Responsibility.

The course includes online seminars, reading lists and sample fact scenarios that introduce students to issues of lawyers’ ethics and professional responsibility, and specifically ethical reasoning in legal practice in the Canadian context. Students cover selected topics including the Federation of Canadian Law Societies, Federation Model Code of Professional, case law arising from this material and to the application of the law of fiduciary obligations to lawyer-client relationships.

The course does not include assigned assessment, but is designed aid students in understanding Canadian Professional Responsibility and assist with preparations for the NCA exams.

Bond Law School also offers four Canadian Law subject. These courses can assist Canadian graduates in preparation for their NCA examinations in these areas:

  • Foundations of Canadian Law
  • Canadian Criminal Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Canadian Administrative Law

The faculty also be packages their Canadian subjects as a “Graduate Certificate in Canadian Law” able to be taken by Canadian students, whether from Bond or elsewhere, to assist them in preparing for the NCA exams.

About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

Bond University’s Juris Doctor program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

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
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2017
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply early, particularly if they are seeking entry for a September intake.

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 Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

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.

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

UQ Law Awards honour its legal stars

Almost 200 students from Queensland’s oldest law school have been recognised for their diverse achievements at an award ceremony at Brisbane’s Customs House.

Head of School and Dean of Law Professor Sarah Derrington said The University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law encouraged students to strive for greatness across all areas of student life.

UQ Law Awards honour its legal stars

At the UQ Law Awards (Photo: UQ)

“Our annual Law Awards honour students who embody excellence in many different forms,” Professor Derrington said.

“We celebrate the diversity of the cohort by recognising students who have achieved outstanding academic results, created positive change through pro bono legal work, and earned scholarships aligned with their passions and accomplishments.”

Among those recognised were UQ Law School’s first Leadership, Excellence and Diversity (LEAD) scholars. Professor Derrington said awards such as the LEAD Scholarships gave students opportunities they would not ordinarily have access to.

“As a law school in the world’s top 50, it’s so important to create these opportunities for the next generation of legal minds—particularly gifted students who face hurdles such as the cost of living while studying.”

Professor Derrington acknowledged the high volume of student pro bono work and community outreach, with more than 140 students awarded for their contributions in this space.

Pro Bono Centre volunteer and academic prize winner Priam Rangiah said she felt privileged to be recognised.

“The UQ law program is challenging, but receiving my awards makes all the hard work feel worthwhile,” she said.

“It has also been fascinating to work with the Pro Bono Centre. I’m currently working on a report comparing the constitutions of several Asia-Pacific countries—something I would never have been exposed to otherwise.”

December 2016 Valedictorian Sam Walpole, who won three academic prizes, said it was a great honour to round out his degree with acknowledgement from his teachers and mentors.

“It’s a fantastic way to cap off six very interesting years,” he said. “I came to UQ with no background in the law or real contacts in the profession. I’m very grateful to the school for giving me my introduction to law as a discipline and profession.

“I had the opportunity to learn from several academic staff, moot overseas, get involved in student societies and research and, above all, learn a lot about the law and pick up broader skills I can use in the community.”

UQ law alumnus and Vice-Chairman of Deutsche Bank Australia Mr Steven Skala said studying law at UQ was the springboard for much of his illustrious career, and implored students to fulfil their potential and live meaningful lives.

Professor Derrington said the awards were also an opportunity to acknowledge the quality of the school’s teaching staff and the significant contribution made by its alumni and friends, whose donations made many of the awards possible.

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To find out more about UQ Law School, contact OzTREKKs Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Bond Law information sessions in Canada this June

In order to best serve you, Bond Law holds information sessions across Canada twice each year so that you can discover more about life at Bond University. These events are hosted by Bond University International Regional Manager Stuart Floyd, who is based in Toronto full time and is familiar with what Canadians “need to know” about studying law in Australia!

Bond Law information sessions in Canada this June

Don’t miss the upcoming Bond Law information sessions!

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.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Toronto  – June 18, 2017
Calgary – June 20, 2017
Edmonton – June 21, 2017
Vancouver – June 22, 2017

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.

The Bond JD features a new Integrated Skills and Professionalism Program, embedded in the compulsory curriculum, which focuses on the development of legal skills essential to the practice of law. In addition, students will have greater flexibility to undertake law electives in areas of interest, including completing an optional law specialisation.

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
Semester intakes: January, May, September
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 Bond Law info sessions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Meet Newcastle Law School human rights professor Amy Maguire

Happy Law Week!

Meet Dr Maguire, a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle Law School. She is an expert in international human rights law and conducts research on the rights of Indigenous peoples and refugees, potential legal responses to climate change impacts, and capital punishment, among other areas. She is also an award-winning teacher who coordinates the subjects Public International Law, International Human Rights Law and Indigenous Peoples, Issues and the Law. She has a regular column in The Conversation and tweets as @DrAmyMaguire.

Meet Newcastle Law School human rights professor Amy Macguire

Prof Dr Amy Maguire (Photo: UON)

Dr Amy Maguire is becoming a well-known social commentator on contemporary human rights issues. This month she was interviewed on Channel 7’s Sunrise Program regarding the case of Australian woman Cassandra Sainsbury, who has been arrested in Colombia on drug charges. Dr Maguire developed her analysis of this case through an article in The Conversation, arguing that Ms Sainsbury should not be denied the presumption of innocence. Dr Maguire was also quoted in The New Daily, noting that the potentially very long delay before trial in Colombia places pressure on someone in Ms Sainsbury’s position to plead guilty, even if they believe themselves innocent.

Studying International Human Rights Law

International Human Rights Law is designed to expose students to the theory, law and practice of human rights protection. While it is primarily concerned with international law, students will have several opportunities to explore the interaction between international and domestic human rights protections, and consider the comparative positions of various states. This course begins with a consideration of human rights theory and the international human rights framework. It proceeds with investigation of how human rights can be protected and enforced, and related gaps in human rights protection. Students will have the opportunity to select special topics for further study, including the rights of Indigenous peoples, the rights of refugees, and the rights of women. The course will conclude with an exploration of the roles and responsibilities of lawyers in relation to human rights protection, and activities focused on human rights law reform.

University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February and July
Application deadline: June 9, 2017 for the July intake; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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; or other post-secondary qualification from a recognized institution assessed by the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor to be equivalent.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Do you have any questions about studying at Newcastle Law School? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

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.