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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.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Meet Melbourne JD Professor Ian Malkin—a Canadian!

If you’re planning to attend Melbourne Law School, you’ll be meeting a Canadian.

Meet Melbourne JD Prof Ian Malkin—a Canadian!

Melbourne JD Prof Ian Malkin (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

Juris Doctor program Professor Ian Malkin came to Australia from Winnipeg Canada in 1986 and currently teaches Legal Method and Reasoning and Torts. Prof Malkin was also one of the lecturers involved in designing the university breadth subject, Drugs That Shaped Society. He also coached several Jessup International Law Moot Court competition teams. Two of the teams he co-coached won the International competition in Washington.

Teaching excellence

In 2014, he was the second recipient of the University of Melbourne‘s Award for Outstanding Leadership of University Teaching. He also has been nominated for an Australian Award for University Teaching Excellence in 2014. In 2003, Prof Malkin was awarded the Barbara Falk Award for Teaching Excellence—one of the university’s inaugural teaching awards and the first recipient of the award in the Law, Arts and Music category. In 2007, he was awarded a “Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student learning” in the Carrick Australian Awards for University Teaching. In 2001, 2003 and 2006, he was one of the University of Melbourne’s nominees for an Australian Award for University Teaching.

Prof Malkin is currently one of the directors of the Melbourne JD program. He was appointed the Law School’s first Director of the Office for Teaching and Learning in Law in 2007. He was the faculty’s Director of Teaching on several occasions and twice helped lead and facilitate the Australasian Law Teachers’ Association’s Teaching Workshop.

Ian has been actively involved in many faculty and university committees. He served as Associate Dean (Undergraduate) and chair of the Faculty’s Undergraduate Studies Committee, as has had appointments to the University’s Selection Procedures Committee, Special Entry Pathways Sub-Committee, Undergraduate Scholarships Sub-Committee and Curriculum Commission. He helped develop and implement the faculty’s new LLB curriculum and was instrumental in designing the framework for the Juris Doctor degree. Ian chaired and served on Access Melbourne Committees for many years as well as the Equal Opportunity Committee. He was often appointed as one of the faculty’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Liaison Officers. He was a member of the University’s Interim Board of Undergraduate Studies and the Faculty’s Executive and Budgets and Special Consideration Committees.

Ian holds a Bachelors of Law degree from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Law degree from the University of London. His research interests include issues associated with legal education, as well as policy issues underlying the law relating to HIV (for example, harm minimisation in the context of providing supervised injecting facilities), prisoners’ rights, the provision and supply of alcohol and compensation law reform.

He co-authored, with Prof Martin Davies, the 4th, 5th and 6th editions of Focus – Torts, published in 2003, 2008 and 2012, respectively, by LexisNexis Butterworths. He and Martin are currently revising their book, with a view to publication in 2014-2015. He has co-authored a number of articles on pedagaogy, as well as research papers that directly inform his teaching in Torts.

Say hello to Prof Malkin for us!

Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor program

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years (2 or 2.5 years for accelerated program)
Application deadline: Melbourne Law School has a general application deadline of November 30 each year; however, late applications may be accepted.

Apply now to the University of Melbourne Law School!

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Would you like more information about the Melbourne JD? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Australian Law School applications are now open for 2014 intake

Applications for Law Schools in Australia for the 2014 intake are officially open via OzTREKK!

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.

The following Law Schools in Australia have officially opened their undergraduate Bachelor of Laws (LLB) applications via OzTREKK:

The following Law Schools in Australia have officially opened their postgraduate Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Juris Doctor (JD) applications via OzTREKK:

About Law Programs in Australia

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is an undergraduate law degree. It is designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession. Australian students, like those from virtually all other Commonwealth countries except Canada, can enter the LLB program directly from high school. This is modelled on the system in the U.K. Some Australian universities also offer graduate-entry LLB degrees for those who have already completed a bachelor degree.

Both the Juris Doctor (JD) and the postgraduate Bachelor of Laws are graduate law degrees. They are designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession. Students must have completed an undergraduate degree to be eligible for entry into either one of these programs.

Apply to Law Schools in Australia:

Apply to Bond University Law School
Apply to James Cook University Law School
Apply to Monash University Law School
Apply to University of Newcastle Law School
Apply to University of Queensland Law School
Apply to University of Sydney Law School
Apply to Macquarie University Law School
Apply to University of Melbourne Law School

For more information about law school entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK‘s Australian Law Schools page.

If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston:

Email Shannon at shannon@oztrekk.com

Phone Shannon at 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada)

Contact OzTREKK for more information about studying in Australia and about law programs at Australian universities.

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About OzTREKK

OzTREKK is the only Canadian organization that is a student office and Application and Information Centre in Canada for the following combination of Australian universities:

We’re the Application and Information Centre for Canadian students applying to or inquiring about study abroad, undergraduate and graduate/professional programs at any of the above Australian universities.

The OzTREKK Application and Information Centre is free to all students as its services are provided on behalf of, and fully funded by, the above Australian universities.

 

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

An Aussie lawyer died and arrived at the Pearly Gates. To his dismay, there were thousands of people ahead of him in line to see St. Peter. But, to his surprise, St. Peter left his desk at the gate and came down the long line to where the lawyer was standing.

St. Peter greeted him warmly, and one of his assistants took the lawyer by the hands and guided him up to the front of the line into a comfortable chair by his desk.

The lawyer said, “I don’t mind all this attention, but what makes me so special?”

St. Peter replied, “Well, I’ve added up all the hours for which you billed your clients, and by my calculation you must be about 193 years old!”

About Law Programs in Australia

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.

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is an undergraduate law degree. It is designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession. Australian students, like those from virtually all other Commonwealth countries except Canada, can enter the LLB program directly from high school. This is modelled on the system in the U.K. Some Australian universities also offer graduate-entry LLB degrees for those who have already completed a bachelor degree.

Both the Juris Doctor and the postgraduate Bachelor of Laws are graduate law degrees. They are designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession. Students must have completed an undergraduate degree to be eligible for entry into either one of these law programs.

Apply to Law School in Australia

Apply to Bond University Law School
Apply to James Cook University Law School
Apply to Monash University Law School
Apply to University of Newcastle Law School
Apply to University of Queensland Law School
Apply to University of Sydney Law School
Apply to Macquarie University Law School
Apply to University of Melbourne Law School

For more information about law school entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit the OzTREKK Australian University Law Schools page.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about studying in Australia and about law programs at Australian universities.