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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.

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Bond Law talks about professional admission to practice law in Canada

Many Canadians are deciding to study law at an Australian university. And why not? Many Australian law schools are among the top 50 in the world! But what comes after you’ve received your law degree?

Bond Law talks about professional admission to practice law in Canada

Learn more about Bond Law School

To practice law in Canada, you will need to complete articles and a bar admission course. To be eligible for articles and a bar admission course in any of the common law provinces, a graduate of an Australian law program will need a Certificate of Qualification (CQ) from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The NCA issues a CQ to international qualified applicants confirming that the applicant has an understanding and knowledge of Canadian law and knowledge equivalent to that of a graduate of a Canadian common law program.

Application for a CQ is made to the NCA at the end of your Bond Law degree. Once a Canadian law student receives a final graduation certificate and applies to the NCA, it currently takes about three months for the NCA to issue a CQ, or to advise which extra challenge exams the graduate must complete in Canada. In order for the NCA to issue the CQ, assessment criteria must be met.

Students are strongly encouraged consult the NCA website and conduct their own research to ensure they are aware of the requirements pertaining to their specific circumstances.

The NCA certifies that an applicant has

  • an understanding and knowledge of Canadian law, and
  • knowledge equivalent to that of a graduate of a Canadian common law program.

Equivalence to an approved Canadian common law, law degree serves as the benchmark when the NCA evaluates applicants with legal education or training in another country or in a Canadian civil law program. The NCA Certificate of Qualification does not, however, duplicate a Canadian law degree, which varies between law schools. NCA applicants may be asked to challenge examinations in subjects that all law schools may not require for a law degree.

Effective January 2015, the NCA introduced a new Assessment Policy. The new policy clarifies different aspects of the NCA Assessment process and brings the policy into compliance with the Federation’s National Requirement for Canadian Common Law Programs. Other NCA policies, including Assessment Appeal and deadlines for completing assigned requirements, are unchanged.

Choosing to 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.

Bond Canadian Law Students Association

You may be far from home, but the Bond Canadian Law Students Association (CLSA) helps to make your transition as smooth as possible. They provide information sessions on the National Committee of Accreditation process as well as information for Canadians wishing to stay in Australia.

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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Learn more about Bond Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Join the upcoming Newcastle Law School “Canadian Experience” webinar!

Considering studying law, but not sure where to start? Learn more about the Juris Doctor program at Newcastle Law School from the comfort of your own home on Tuesday, March 7, 2017! The University of Newcastle Law School – A Canadian Experience webinar will also feature former OzTREKK student David Lotimer, who is now practicing law in Ontario.

Join the upcoming Newcastle Law School Canadian Experience webinar

Newcastle Law School Professor Tim Connor (Photo: UON)

University of Newcastle Law School – A Canadian Experience

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Time: 7 – 8 p.m. (Eastern Time)
RSVP: shannon@oztrekk.com

Professor Tim Connor from Newcastle Law School as well as a UON law alumnus will be presenting on the following areas:

  • Studying law at the Newcastle Law School, including their JD/Grad. Dip. of Legal Practice.
  • Returning to Canada to practice – Get a firsthand account from the alumnus!
  • What it is like to be a Canadian studying in Newcastle, Australia

There will be a brief presentation with plenty of time for some Q&As. Both Prof Connor and Newcastle Law alumni Dave Lotimer are down to earth and relaxed, so you can feel free to ask as many questions as you wish! This would be a great opportunity for you to learn more about the program, the accreditation process, and much more.

Why study at Newcastle Law School?

Newcastle’s comparative advantage is that their combined Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice is the only fully integrated law degree and practical legal training course offered at an Australian university that is centred on acting for real clients.

Join the upcoming Newcastle Law School Canadian Experience webinar

Former OzTREKK student and Newcastle Law School alumnus Dave Lotimer

As part of the GDLP, students undertake 285 hours of legal professional workplace experience. A minimum of 105 hours of that practical experience is undertaken at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, under the supervision of the law school’s solicitors. Newcastle Law School staff also assist students to arrange external placements at other law firms to make up the remaining 180 professional training hours. This is very attractive to potential employers and gives Newcastle graduates a significant advantage over graduates from other universities whose only practical experience has involved simulated client advice sessions, rather than providing advice and other legal assistance to real clients.

Did you know that the city of Newcastle is also a great place to live? Yep, it was recently included in National Geographic’s global list of “Smart Cities.”

Program: Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements

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

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Attend this webinar! Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 to RSVP.

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

About the Bond Canadian Law Students Association

Did you know that more Canadians study law at Bond than any other Australian university? Yes, it’s true! Bond Law School has been training over 1,000 Canadian lawyers for more than 20 years. In fact, the 1,000th Canadian law student at Bond was OzTREKK’s Gareth Green!

Bond Canadian Law Students Association

If you study law at Bond, you will be among friends!

Bond is Australia’s largest law school for Canadian Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws candidates, and as such, they have developed a secure framework to support you!

Bond Canadian Law Students Association

You may be far from home, but the Bond Canadian Law Students Association (CLSA) is there to make your transition as smooth as possible. Their friendly executive will represent you to the rest of the student body, to the administration, and to the staff.

The main function of the CLSA is to make life easier for Canadian students at Bond University and to facilitate the process of returning home. They provide information sessions on the National Committee of Accreditation process as well as information for Canadians wishing to stay in Australia. But, it’s not all business—they also show Australians how to celebrate Halloween in Week 7!

Other initiatives include the mail-out to Canadian law firms, “going home” and “staying in Australia” seminars led by the Career Development Centre, welcome back barbecues, a Canadian Mooting Competition, awesome parties every semester and much more.

When you study at Bond Law, you’re among a group of very supportive friends!

Bond Law School Juris Doctor

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline in order to apply. 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.

In common with most other Australian Law Schools, Bond does not use the LSAT as an entry criterion.

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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Find out more about studying at Bond Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Don’t miss the Newcastle JD webinar September 1!

Summer is winding down, but we have an exciting opportunity for you to learn more about the Juris Doctor program at the University of Newcastle Law School. The webinar will be hosted by OzTREKK and will feature former OzTREKK students and a Canadian professor!

Don't miss the Newcastle JD webinar September 1!

Meena, Amber, and Taija at the Newcastle Law Ball

During this webinar, you will discover more about living and studying in Australia, the ins and outs of the Newcastle JD program and its embedded Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, and a few more pearls—all from a Canadian perspective!

Date: Thursday, Sept. 1
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario)

To join this webinar, email shannon@oztrekk.com!

Want to hear more from OzTREKK students?

Read what OzTREKK students Amber, Taija, and Meena have to say about their program! Demonstrative evidence: Newcastle Law School ladies are fulfilling their dreams!

OzTREKK student Dave Lotimer chats about his time at the university: OzTREKK student reflects on his time at the University of Newcastle Law School

Also, this video will give you a better feel for the University of Newcastle Law School and their JD program:

University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor

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

Key features of the program

1. Students will eligible to practice law in Australia upon completion of the program.

2. Students will be able to get in-depth, hands-on experience participating in customized Legal Clinics exploring the following areas:

  • Consumer credit
  • Criminal law
  • Natural resources law
  • Public interest law
  • Refugee/migration law

3. Students will study in a tight-knit, interactive learning community with highly qualified academic staff dedicated to their success.

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. Applicants must also meet the English Language requirements of the university.

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, November 10th, 2014

Demonstrative evidence: Newcastle Law School ladies are fulfilling their dreams!

“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.” ― Maya Angelou

Calling all the ladies! Here’s a new approach: OzTREKK noticed that many of our Australian Law School applicants are female. In fact, most of the successful OzTREKK applicants to the Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor program for the 2014 intake were female! Why is this? What makes women want to study law?

University of Newcastle Law School

Taija, Amber, and Meena—Newcastle JD International Scholarship winners—heck yeah!

After some online snooping, we discovered that our OzTREKK ladies are fearless: Besides studying law full time, how about doing some Great Barrier Reef snorkeling and crazy skydiving while you’re Down Under? That’s what OzTREKK students do!

Here is a story of three female students—Amber, Taija, and Meena—who all applied through OzTREKK to the Newcastle JD. Oh, and all three received the Juris Doctor (JD) Scholarship for International Students! Taija has even kept track of her Aussie adventures. Check out her blog, International Wanderer: Where Studies and Travels Meet (Great insight to life in Oz… and completely hilarious!)

How did you become interested in law? What’s the male/female ratio like in the JD program?

University of Newcastle Law School

Enjoying the activities at O-Week (Amber, Renee, Taija)

Amber: I first became interested in studying law when I completed my Legal Assistant diploma and started working at a large law firm. I quickly realized that I wanted to be involved in a role where I was able to study the law, consider various issues surrounding the law and to find ways to resolve these issues through legal research. This is one of the aspects that I enjoy most about the law because it is always evolving. The ratio of male to female in the JD program is about 3:18. What can I say? We females like to dominate!

Taija: I’ve always had some interest in the law in some way or another, but I never thought I would go to law school. My previous job gave me an insight into the justice system, which ended up giving me the final push to apply for law school. The Newcastle JD program is very female oriented. I would say there are approximately 20 students in the class with only three of them being male. All of us range in age and all of us come from different backgrounds.

University of Newcastle Law School

Checking out the street festival on Hamilton (Amber, Taija, Renee–another OzTREKK student!)

Meena: For me it was either a masters or a JD and I chose the latter. I decided that a law degree would be better for me because it gave me a better job prospect. A law degree is a great thing to have as a background no matter what you want to do. I don’t know if I want to practice but there is so much that can be done with a law background. There are a lot of females compared to males in the JD. We are about 90% women, which was surprising!

What made you choose the University of Newcastle Law School as opposed to the other law schools?

Amber: The University of Newcastle Law School offers a placement program while you are studying. This means that you will get a “real life” experience where you will get the opportunity to handle real client files. This is not very common among law schools, which I believe will give UoN law graduates an advantage against other law graduates because UoN prepares students to be industry-ready. Students will have had the chance to client interview, practice their legal research skills, problem solve, and put their negotiation and advocacy skills into practice.

University of Newcastle Law School

Won tickets to the AFL game through the International Student Facebook group (Amber and Taija)

Taija: I only applied to law school in Australia. I had no intention to go to a law school in Canada. I got accepted to the only two law schools I applied to but decided on the University of Newcastle because of the Diploma of Legal Practice. When I first got accepted, the program was still run as the LLB, it was an added bonus that the degree name got switched to Juris Doctor a few months before. I start the Diploma of Legal Practice part of my degree next year and I am looking forward to it. This part is a very big seller for me, even though I’ll have to go home and do my articling afterwards, the connections and lawyers that you meet are very useful and beneficial once you finish your degree, and get out into the “real world.”

Meena: I think what pushed me towards Newcastle was their practical component offered with the JD program. It gives you 180 hours a year of hands-on  learning in law firms and the legal centre in your second and third years. In Australia, in order to practice law, you need to do this diploma anyways; so it’s  great that it’s a required component of our program. That means once you graduate, you will be admitted right away to the Supreme Court to practice!

“Don’t be afraid. I came here knowing nobody and I have met some amazing people.” – Meena

University of Newcastle Law School

Escaping Newcastle and enjoying Sydney—only a 3-hour train ride! (Taija and Amber)

What are you enjoying the most about the JD program?

Amber: One aspect of the JD program that I am enjoying the most is the small and integrated class sizes. In tutorials and seminars our discussions are more in-depth and I find it more beneficial to my learning because the classroom operates as a team. The University of Newcastle promotes respect and fair treatment among its students, rather than putting each student in direct competition with one another.

Taija: Honestly, the people I have met, because the JD is a graduate program, our tutorials and seminars are separate from the undergraduate students. You become very close to your classmates and forge friendships that will last a lifetime. You’re going to get the same content no matter what school you go to, but being able to volunteer at the legal center two months into your first semester and getting to sit in with a real client, will most definitely reinforce your decision to stay here and continue your law degree at the University of Newcastle.

University of Newcastle Law School

When in Oz… go snorkelling!

Meena: I really like the professors here at Newcastle. Everyone is so welcoming and patient. The class sizes are good for seminars because we are a pretty small class (about 20 of us). I also like the fact that it is not a 100% final exam, but rather assignments throughout the year to help you understand what you’re learning.

What are your plans after graduation? Articling?

Amber: I plan to stay in Australia once I have graduated from UoN. I know a few people from Canada, who now live here and they have provided me with some very helpful resources on the process of moving to Australia permanently. After graduation, I see myself in a medium- to large-size law firm in Sydney, and of course visiting the beach on a regular occasion!

University of Newcastle Law School

Amber and the stingray!

Taija: I plan on going back to Canada after I finish my law degree, write the NCA exams and hopefully get a job at a law firm articling. Since the Newcastle JD program is automatically combined with the GDLP (Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice), it is basically the same as articling. I’m not going to lie, at first I was bummed out that I was basically doing the same thing twice; I now look at it as advantageous. Doing a law degree internationally can cause some hurdles when moving back to Canada, but having the GDLP under your belt will give you a step up from other students who will be articling with you as you have already done 360 hours of practical legal training under some really great lawyers in Australia.

“You become very close to your classmates and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.” – Taija

Meena: I honestly don’t know what I will do afterwards. I know I don’t want to stay in Australia after I graduate. I am hoping to eventually do a PhD somewhere in North America. My goal is to move to the US once I am done, but we’ll see how that goes. We can always practice at home, after completing the exam process in Canada.

University of Newcastle Law School

So this happened…

Do you have any tips/advice for Canadian students who would like to attend Newcastle Law School?

Amber: My advice to future UoN students is to do your research before you come. There are things that you do not even think of before you leave. For instance, if you are a fan of Cheese Whiz like I am and cannot live without it, you will not be able to get it here.  So make sure you pack your “must haves.” I also suggest coming to Australia a few weeks before classes start to get yourself orientated with your new surroundings because it does take some time getting used to it. This has been one of the biggest decisions I have had to make in my life and I do not regret it one bit and I am sure any future students will love it just as much as I do.

Taija: Yes, it will be hard. Yes, you will get homesick. But remember that your classmates and new friends become your new family. You will not be the only one who wants to give up and go home, because you’re broke, and the bugs are huge, and it gets a lot colder in Australia than anyone told you it would, but coming to the end of my first year I’m so happy I did it. I’ve made some awesome new friends, and believe it or not, most of them are Canadian who are going through and feeling the exact same thing you are. Get an apartment, invite friends over, and celebrate holidays you would normally celebrate at home. It helps and it doesn’t feel like you’re missing out on something you would normally have at home (it helps with the homesickness, too).

Meena: Don’t be afraid. I came here knowing nobody and I have met some amazing people. It will be hard though. I lived away in undergrad but I was always an hour drive away from home. Australia was a big move. It will take time to settle in. Things are not the same here as they are at home. But every country has its own ways and traditions, and there are things that don’t even surprise me anymore. Newcastle is also a big campus! It is built basically on bushland so tons of greenery. Lots of hills as well! The JD students are lucky because we really only have classes in a few buildings located in the same area; this means we aren’t stuck walking 15 minutes in between classes. They have also made our schedule nicely and we have two days off this year, which works out great! The city of Newcastle is great to live in. Its one of the biggest cities in Australia, but it only has a population of about half a million. If you live in the CBD, you are a few minutes away from everything you need (supermarkets, restaurants, coffee shops, night clubs, etc.). The train system is great; its gets you anywhere in the city as well as anywhere on the coastal line to Sydney! It isn’t very expensive either; for example, a train ride to Sydney is about $6!

“This has been one of the biggest decisions I have had to make in my life and I do not regret it one bit and I am sure any future students will love it just as much as I do.” – Amber

University of Newcastle Law School

Meena, Amber, and Taija at the Newcastle Law Ball

Where are you living? How did you find your accommodation? Tips?

Amber: I am living in NewSA, which is a student accommodation in Tighes Hill. It is a central location, about 15 minutes to Callaghan campus by bus and not to far from the shops. It is also a short bus ride to the beach. I would suggest living in NewSA as it is an amazing place to live and a great place to make friends. I found my accommodation before I left Canada through Facebook. I would do substantive research on your accommodation options before you leave and I suggest not living close to the uni if you like to go out or if you are wanting to get a job while studying and do not want to rely solely on public transport.

Taija: I am currently living in an apartment in the heart of Newcastle with a fellow classmate who is also from Canada. When I first moved to Australia I figured I would just live on campus because it was easy to find, and easy to apply for. That was a big mistake. If you are a graduate student who would like to get any type of studying done, do not live on campus. The residences on campus are dirty, and if you choose the food plan, the food is gross, not to mention the campus is so secluded from everywhere, that nothing is within walking distance. I would recommend either finding student accommodation off campus or find a studio apartment somewhere in the city near a train station, as that is the best way to get to campus. I found my apartment on a real estate website online and just emailed the agent; they are very helpful in helping you find exactly what you are looking for.

Meena: I started off by living in residence, which did not work out well for me. I lived on residence at the University of Waterloo as a first year in my undergrad, which was great, but I found that being an older student pursuing a postgrad degree, the residences at Newcastle were not for me. Luckily, Taija felt the same way, so we ended up moving off campus to a more CBD location mid-April. We did, however, face a pretty hefty fee for breaking contract with the uni accommodation, but it has been worth it! I suggest living off campus for Juris Doctor students because campus residences are a bit noisy. The food was not great, and I found most often I was spending more money a week in residence than I am now off campus. However, the new residences seem to be very nice; they are self-catered and are not badly priced.

University of Newcastle Law School

Meena, Amber, and Taija

What do you do in your free time?

Amber: On my spare time, I enjoy going to the beach, hanging out with friends, catching up with my family and friends back home and trying to travel around as much as I can. There are so many great attractions that surround the Newcastle and Hunter area. For instance, last weekend, I fed and swam with stingrays! How cool is that? I have also been able to try some of the great wine selections offered in the Hunter Valley, so if you are a wine-o, you will love it here!

Taija: My favourite thing to do in my free time is go to the beach, mainly because it is free. In July I went to Cairns with some of the girls I met in the program, and it was an amazing trip. I went skydiving, and scuba-dived the Great Barrier Reef and saw a huge turtle, and just lay in the sun and relaxed. I also took the train to Sydney a few times this year to do some sightseeing, and after exams I’ll be headed to the Blue Mountains. I think it is very important to reward yourself after a very difficult and stressful time, (for example, your final exams)! Other than that, I basically do what I’d do at home: I go to movies, go bowling, go shopping, go for walks, go explore and experience new restaurants. Although free time is minimal as a law student, it is important to isolate time for yourself, even if it is to just get a pedicure.

University of Newcastle Law School

Taija: Don’t ask what I’m holding cause I don’t know. It was just handed to me and the thoughts going through my head were, omg, is it going to bite me? Is it going to be slimy? Does it move? What do I do with it afterwards? It honestly felt like a fluffy pillow in my hand.

Meena: In my free time I have gotten involved with the Law School Society at Newcastle. I also try and attend every event that the law school puts on (which is a ton!) and this helps in making friends. The beaches are great here and Australia is so big that travel is a must! During the winter break in July, we ended up doing a road trip up to Cairns, which was great! Did some skydiving, rafting, saw the Great Barrier Reef and relaxed a bit.

What do you think of OzTREKK’s services, and how did you hear about us?

Amber: Without the help of the representatives at OzTREKK, this transition would have been impossible. Shannon and Sarah provided heaps of information and resources every step of the way, answered all my questions on a timely basis, and assisted me with any documents that I needed UoN to fill out. Seriously, OzTREKK is an amazing organization and any person who is considering studying in Australia should absolutely go through them. I found OzTREKK through a Google search and was so grateful that they do the research for you. I found it to be a one-stop shop!

University of Newcastle Law School

Taija skydiving in Cairns

Taija: OzTREKK was amazing, I cannot say enough good things about the service they provide for students wanting to go to Australia for law school. Shannon was my main admissions officer until she went on maternity leave, and then Sarah helped us along the last couple months. OzTREKK handled everything. No matter what question I had, they had an answer for me. They helped with the application process and visa information, they sent links for accommodation—basically anything you can possibly think of, they have an answer for you. I heard about OzTREKK via the internet by Googling “Australian Law Schools.” I am so happy that I clicked on that link, because they helped get me where I am today.

Meena: I came across OzTREKK by a simple Google search. I found them to be super helpful, especially when it came to actually applying. They take care of everything for you so you are not constantly worrying about what needs to get done. They even set you up with other students heading over to the same uni as you, and provide great info about living arrangements, packing ideas, health care, and banking.

Way to go, ladies! All of us at OzTREKK are proud of you!

University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor

University of Newcastle Law School

Meena’s turn!

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

Key features of the program

1. Students will eligible to practice law in Australia upon completion of the program.

2. Students will be able to get in-depth, hands-on experience participating in customized Legal Clinics exploring the following areas:

  • Consumer credit
  • Criminal law
  • Natural resources law
  • Public interest law
  • Refugee/migration law

3. Students will study in a tight-knit, interactive learning community with highly qualified academic staff dedicated to their success.

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. Applicants must also meet the English Language requirements of the University of Newcastle.

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 Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada). Contact OzTREKK for more information about studying in Australia and about law school at Australian universities!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Canadian students studying at Newcastle Law School meet Chief Justice of Australia

The Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture 2014 was held recently at the University of Newcastle, and the law school was proud to welcome the Honourable Robert French, presiding justice of the High Court of Australia.

University of Newcastle Law School

(From L – R) Faculty of Business and Law Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Richard Dunford, Dean of Law Sandeep Gopalan, Chief Justice of Australia the Honourable Robert French, and Newcastle JD students Amber Albrecht, Jazveen Brar, and Taija Knoll (Canadian OzTREKK students!)

The Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture was established in 1993 at the University of Newcastle, and is delivered by an eminent lawyer each academic year. The first lecture was delivered by former Governor-General of Australia Sir Ninian Stephen as a mark of celebration of the  establishment of the Bachelor of Laws program at the university.

New Juris Doctor students also attended this event, including OzTREKK students Amber Albrecht, Jazveen Brar, and Taija Knoll (at right).

OzTREKK and Newcastle JD student Amber Albrecht was pleased to attend the event: “I really did enjoy the lecture, as it’s not every day that you get the opportunity to meet the Chief Justice, let alone get a picture with him! These types of lectures that the law school holds contribute to the learning as a law student and gives you a more ‘real life’ perspective on the law and its current issues.”

University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor

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

Key features of the program

1. Students will eligible to practice law in Australia upon completion of the program.

2. Students will be able to get in-depth hands on experience participating in customized Legal Clinics exploring the following areas:

  • Consumer credit
  • Criminal law
  • Natural resources law
  • Public interest law
  • Refugee/migration law

3. Students will study in a tight-knit, interactive learning community with highly qualified academic staff dedicated to their success.

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. Applicants must also meet the English Language requirements of the University of Newcastle.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Do you have any questions about studying law at Newcastle Law School? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada). Contact OzTREKK for more information about studying in Australia and about law school at Australian universities.