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Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Speak with Australian law school graduate who is now practicing in Canada

If you’ve always wanted to chat with an Australian law school graduate who has returned to Canada to practice, here’s your opportunity!

Speak with Australian law school graduate who is now practicing in Canada

Guest speaker Newcastle Law graduate Dave Lotimer

We know a lot of you have questions about what it’s like to make your way through the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), articling and bar processes.

After completing his law degree at the University of Newcastle, David returned to Canada to complete the NCA, articling and bar process and is now a practicing lawyer. Please join OzTREKK for an informative webinar to learn more about David’s experiences and to get the inside scoop about what it’s like to return to Canada after completing an Australian law degree.

Australian law school graduate David Lotimer will be touching on all of these areas and will be available to answer your questions during an upcoming OzTREKK webinar.

Newcastle Law School – Australian Law School Graduate Practicing in Canada
Guest: Law graduate and current lawyer David Lotimer
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)
Registration: Please email molly@oztrekk.com

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and have your questions ready!

About the University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor Program

Offered at a postgraduate level, the Juris Doctor degree prepares students to be a career-ready graduate with the skills and extensive knowledge to become a leader in Australian and global legal practice. Completing the JD will see students contribute to the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, working on real cases and providing an important service to the community. Students will also have the opportunity to contribute to the Law on the Beach program held each summer on Newcastle Beach.

Program: Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and June each year
Application deadline: No set deadline; however, 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 now to the Juris Doctor program at the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Don’t miss this upcoming Newcastle Law School webinar! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon molly@oztrekk.com for your registration info.

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Newcastle Law School students delivering complimentary legal service

What do amazing beach locations and law have in common? Why, the University of Newcastle’s Law on the Beach, of course!

Now in its 15th year, Law on the Beach runs for five weeks over summer, bringing Newcastle Law School students and lawyers from their Hunter Street location to Newcastle Beach.

Newcastle Law School students delivering complimentary legal service

Learn more about Newcastle Law School

Law on the Beach gives law students and social work students the opportunity to gain practical experience towards their degrees as they work to help members of the community.

The student-run program has provided free legal advice to hundreds of clients in a highly accessible and atypical setting, and is one of the many ways the law school develops experienced, sought-after legal graduates while at the same time providing a vital community service.

Director of the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, Mr Shaun McCarthy, said all members of the community were welcome to visit the legal clinic for free advice, but this year the centre was focusing on the younger members of the Newcastle community.

“Often young people do not have the life experience or resources to stand up for themselves in a matter involving the law. We aim to change that by providing a casual setting to have that legal conversation,” he said.

All questions and cases are welcome by the legal clinic team, from traffic fines to employment discrimination and everything in between.

University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor

Offered at a postgraduate level, the Juris Doctor degree prepares students to be a career-ready graduate with the skills and extensive knowledge to become a leader in Australian and global legal practice.

Completing the JD will see students contribute to the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, working on real cases and providing an important service to the community. Students will also have the opportunity to contribute to the Law on the Beach program held each summer on Newcastle Beach.

Program: Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and June each year
Application deadline: No set deadline; however, 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 Juris Doctor program at the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Questions about studying at Newcastle Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at 1-866-698-7355 or molly@oztrekk.com.

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Why study law at Bond Law School?

Did you know a 2013 survey published by Survive Law, Australia’s leading community of law students online, has ranked Bond Law School #1 in overall student satisfaction.

In addition to taking out the top ranking overall, Bond Law School outperformed the other Australian universities to take the #1 spot for study experience, career support and student well-being; the #2 spot for campus life; and #3 for quality of teaching.

Need more proof that Bond Law is well thought of by its students? Watch the video of OzTREKK student Gareth Green who has recently become the 1,000th law student to enrol at Bond Law School!

About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) 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.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: January 2015 (this is the last intake whereby graduates will be exempt from taking the the NCA examinations in Canada upon their return)
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the program start date

Apply now to Bond University Law School for January 2015!

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Important NCA update regarding Bond Law School

A very important update regarding a change has been made by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) related to foreign-trained lawyers and the process of coming back to practice law in Canada.

The NCA accredited Bond University as the only university outside Canada with the ability to offer four Canadian core subjects—Canadian Administrative Law, Canadian Constitutional Law, Canadian Criminal Law and Foundations of Canadian Law—and provide credit to students who completed these subjects at Bond, subject to sufficient academic performance (as detailed in NCA Assessment Policy 1.2.2.e).

The NCA has formally notified Bond University that it will no longer be waiving the requirement for Bond graduates to sit the four exams that other graduates from non-Canadian law schools must sit. This decision by the NCA was not the result of any concern about the quality of Bond’s subjects or its graduates, but the result of numerous requests from law schools in the US and elsewhere for the same arrangement to be extended to them. The NCA could not justify maintaining Bond University’s monopoly, and does not have the resources to manage applications from other law schools for a similar arrangement, so it has decided to treat all law schools equally and discontinue the arrangement with Bond University.

How does this affect Canadian Bond Law School students?

This change does not affect current students or new students enrolling in January 2015 at Bond Law School, who will continue to benefit from the present arrangement; however, Canadian students enrolling in May 2015 and onward will have to sit the 5 NCA exams upon their return to Canada. Since it takes two years to complete the Juris Doctor (JD) full time, Bond students will not start sitting these exams until after the end of the January 2017 semester. Bond Law School will continue to offer the current Canadian subjects into the future to assist Canadian students enrolling from May 2015 onward to prepare for these exams.

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If you have any questions about the NCA exams and the change noted above, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information.

Monday, September 15th, 2014

OzTREKK student reflects on his time at the University of Newcastle Law School

What better way to find out about the experience international students have at the University of Newcastle than to let them tell you themselves! Aurora, Ontario native Dave Lotimer applied to Newcastle Law School via OzTREKK, began his studies in 2011, and has since graduated with a Bachelor of Laws. This is his experience!

Why did you want to become a lawyer?

Law has always been an interest of mine.  I believe it plays an important role in the progression and protection of personal, public and natural rights.  I wanted to understand this role better and to actively participate in shaping its direction.  I was always one to follow rules as well….

What made you choose Australia as the place to earn your degree?

I have a great interest in travel and culture, and had been searching for a productive way to live in another country.  Australia offered the opportunity of a great education that was transferable back to Canada, while also providing a foreign place to explore and discover.

Why did you choose the University of Newcastle Law School?

The Newcastle Law School offered both academic and practical education.  I was able to work through my law degree while gaining work experience and practical training.  This allowed me to graduate with both my Bachelor of Laws, and a Diploma of Legal Practice.  I wanted to gain full legal accreditation and was admitted to the NSW Court even prior to the graduation ceremony.

The University of Newcastle’s location was also a strong factor in my decision to attend.  I wanted to participate in the ocean lifestyle and was looking for a city that felt like a smaller community; Newcastle offered both of these.

What was the course like? Describe your typical day.

The course required a very strong commitment to study; however, with organization it was possible to achieve a work/life balance.

I would typically wake up early in order to walk to campus.  I often would take my bike or skateboard to class, or the train in bad weather.  There were usually several hours of lecturing, with an hour or two break in between.  Once classes ended in the afternoon I would usually take part in some kind of physical activity, usually surfing.  Sometimes I would attend committee meetings, or some other event before heading back home for dinner.  The evenings were usually filled with further study, to work on upcoming assignments or to keep up with readings.  I would try to find an hour before bed to unwind and catch up with my housemates when I could.

What has been your favourite part? Least favourite part? Most surprising?

My favourite part of the program was the relationships I was able to form.  I made some great friends in the program who were invaluable when it came to group work and discussion.  They also became the most important part of my life outside of the classroom.  I also really enjoyed the relationships I formed with the faculty.  Almost universally, they were very willing to give up their time in order to help in my understanding.  They were caring and passionate, and helped to foster my love of academics and the law.

My least favourite part was the effort and commitment that is required to succeed.  I often found myself feeling as though I was missing out on exploring Australia due to my educational commitments.  I was happy when breaks in the semester arrived so I could enjoy life outside of school.

Did you join any clubs/activities? Should future students consider joining clubs?

I took part in several committees including the University of Newcastle Law Students Association as an international student representative and the Business and Law Faculty Committee on Internationalization.  I was also a member of the law review band and performed at several law school events.  I learned how to surf and would try to catch a wave at least three or four times a week.  I also attended the university gym often and took part in intramural sport.  I would highly recommend that future students make use of the many opportunities that are available to them.  It is an important way to expand your social network, deepen your understanding of a different culture and broaden your international education experience.

How was it to find accommodation?

Finding accommodation was slightly difficult, although there was a great housing department on campus that offered some great advice and help.  I would suggest that students attempt to see as many places as possible before they make their decision.  Living in a shared house with Australians is also a great way to further expand your international experience and a great way to make friends.

How is Australia the same/different from Canada?

There are a lot of similarities in culture and lifestyle.  It is really the subtle differences that become clearer and clearer the longer you live away from home.  I also think similarities and differences will be unique to each individual depending upon their particular situation.

I found the people of Australia to be incredibly caring and generous.  I loved spending time on the ocean and in bright, warm sunshine during the middle of winter.  Those were uniquely Australian experiences from my perspective.

Do you have advice for Canadian students who would like to study law?

Follow your own path.  Trust your instincts and believe in your abilities.  Work hard to achieve your goals and truly respect and value the people who support you.

Do you have any articling advice? Do you plan to come back to Canada to practice law?

I do plan on practicing law in Canada and have found an articling position since returning home.  Legal work experience is very important, as it can help to differentiate between Canadian- and foreign-trained candidates.  It is also important to do as well as you can in school—marks are not everything but they can be a key to opening the first few doors.  The more you learn abroad, the better suited you are to provide a unique approach to the law here in Canada.  It is also important to show diversity in your life through extracurricular commitments and to develop a broad network.  Finally, be yourself; it is obvious when someone is genuine.

What did you think of OzTREKK’s services?

OzTREKK was a great resource for me.  They made the process of applying to Australian Law Schools much easier, and maintained dialogue with me through the entire process.  They provided an understanding of my particular needs, and were able to answer all of my questions.  It is a service I would recommend to any student who plans to apply to Australian universities.

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.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Bond Law scoops second teaching awards

Bond Law School has scooped the Australasian Law Teachers’ Association (ALTA) / Lexis Nexis Early Career Award for the second year in a row, placing its law program firmly at the top of the field for teaching excellence.

Bond Law School

Inside the Bond University Law Court

Assistant Professor Francina Cantatore received the accolade for 2014, following in the footsteps of colleague Danielle Ireland-Piper who was the 2013 recipient.

Dr Cantatore commenced teaching at Bond Law School three years ago, adding to her successful career practicing commercial law as a solicitor and barrister, specialising in IP law, Property Law, Consumer Credit Law and Media Law.

She also facilitates the Bond Law Clinic—a pro-bono clinic that offers free legal advice to the community on a range of matters.

Dr Cantatore said the award was a great honour and an inspiration to continue improving on her teaching initiatives.

“From my perspective a practice-based learning approach makes commercial law subjects much more vivid and gives students an insight into ‘real world’ law scenarios,” she said.

“I’m able to provide my students with experiential learning opportunities in the subjects I teach, especially through the Bond Law Clinic, which allows them to interact with the public and resolve real legal issues.

Bond University supports this hands-on approach as a way of giving our students an edge when they enter the workforce.”

About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) 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.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: January 2015
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the program start date

OzTREKK Note: The NCA has formally notified Bond University that it will no longer be waiving the requirement for Bond graduates to sit the four exams that other graduates from non-Canadian law schools must sit. This decision by the NCA was not the result of any concern about the quality of Bond’s subjects or its graduates, but the result of numerous requests from law schools in the US and elsewhere for the same arrangement to be extended to them.

This change does not affect current students or new students enrolling in September 2014 and January 2015 at Bond Law School, who will continue to benefit from the present arrangement; however, Canadian students enrolling in May 2015 and onwards will have to sit the 5 NCA exams upon their return to Canada. Since it takes two years to complete the JD full time, Bond students will not start sitting these exams until after the end of the January 2017 semester. Bond Law School will continue to offer the current Canadian subjects into the future to assist Canadian students enrolling from May 2015 onwards to prepare for these exams.

If you have any questions about the NCA exams and the change noted above, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson.

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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Learn more about Bond University Law School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Bond Law School hosts conference on the Changing Face of Law

Bond University on the Gold Coast hosted representatives from more than 40 Australian and international institutions at a three-day Australasian Law Teachers Association conference held July 10–12.

Bond University Law School

Study at law at Bond University, Australia!

The conference was themed Thriving In Turbulent Times: Re-Imagining The Roles Of Law, Law Schools and Lawyers.

This conference was an examination of the many challenges confronting law today, and some of the exciting solutions that may change the face of law tomorrow.

Speakers at the conference included leading national and international senior law lecturers, corporate counsel and practising lawyers:

  • Queensland Law Society Chief Executive Officer Noela L’Estrange
  • Professor Stephen Mayson who, from his base in the UK, for more than 30 years has advised law firms around the world on strategy, economics, ownership and valuation
  • Carly Roberts, Australian Corporate Counsel for InterGen, a global power generation company with assets in Europe and North America and over 1700MV of generation in Australia
  • Professor Margaret Thornton, Professor of Law and ANU Public Policy Fellow of the Australian National University
  • Greg Vickery AO. Former President of the Queensland Law Society, long term Chairman of the Society’s Legal Education Committee and Special Counsel with law firm Norton Rose Fullbright Australia
  • Professor Eddie Blass, Executive Director of Learning Innovations Hub at University of New England
  • Professor Sandee Magliozzi, the incoming Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and current Director of Professional Development and Externships at Santa Clara Law School, USA
  • Kate Galloway, a senior lecturer at James Cook University School of Law
  • Dr Nick James, Professor and Deputy Dean of the Bond University Law School
  • Clinical Associate Professor Terri Mottershead, the Director of Professional Legal Training at Bond University Law School
  • Jamie White, owner of award-winning law firm PodLegal, practicing in intellectual property, technology and social media law

About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) 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. Students will learn the following skills needed to practice law in a modern environment:

  • Legal research and analysis
  • Legal writing and drafting
  • Negotiation and dispute resolution
  • Advocacy and oral presentation
  • Client interviewing and communication

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the beginning of the program, particularly if you are seeking entry for a September intake.

Apply now to Bond University Law School Juris Doctor program!

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Do you have any questions about the Juris Doctor program or about how to apply to Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Don’t miss the Bond Law School info sessions this week!

Are you curious about why so many Canadian students choose to study at Bond University Law School in Australia?

We’ve got the answers to your questions! Bond University will be in Canada this week to host their popular Bond University Law Information Sessions.

For more information and to register for the Bond University Law Information Sessions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Bond University Law School

Find out what it’s like to study at Bond University

Come along to your nearest event to find out more about Bond University Law School’s renowned Juris Doctor (JD) program from International Regional Manager and Bond alumni Stuart Floyd, and take the opportunity to discover more about life at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Queensland!

CALGARY

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.

EDMONTON

Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.

VANCOUVER

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) 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.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. It is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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Do you have any questions about the JD program or about Bond University Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Bond University Law School Information Sessions

Bond University Law School Information Sessions in Canada

Have you ever wondered why so many Canadian students choose to study at Bond University Law School in Australia?

Bond University Law School

Study law at Bond University Law School

Come along to your nearest event to find out more about Bond University Law School’s renowned Juris Doctor (JD) program from International Regional Manager and Bond alumni Stuart Floyd, and take the opportunity to discover more about life at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Queensland!

TORONTO

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

CALGARY

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.

EDMONTON

Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.

VANCOUVER

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

For more information and to register for the Bond University Law Information Sessions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) 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.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. It is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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Do you have any questions about the JD program or about Bond University Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Newcastle Law School mooting success

A team of Newcastle Law School students led by academic Kcasey McLoughlin had a very successful weekend at the King and Wood Mallesons Private Law Moot 2014.

University of Newcastle Law School

Study law at the University of Newcastle

The students—Jessie McKenzie, Alex Winn, Michael Youlden, and Susan Ellicott—made it all the way to the grand final where they emerged victorious.

The moot concerned the law in relation to trustees’ obligations and fiduciary duties. The team “broke” into the final rounds ranked first off the back of a very strong performance in the preliminary set rounds. After winning the semi-final they progressed to the Grand Final in the Supreme Court of NSW. In the final the students appeared before Professor Simone Degeling, Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Mark Leeming, and former President of the Court of Appeal, Keith Mason QC, to defeat the UTS team.

The judges were very impressed by the students’ proficiency and professionalism. Way to go, guys!

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.

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Australian National Law Week

National Law Week in Australia takes place throughout Australia in May each year. This year, it runs from May 12 – 16. Law Week provides Australians (and visitors) to get a closer look at how law and justice works in each Australian state. A range of exciting and interactive activities are being held around Australia celebrate Law Week, including courthouse tours, mock trials and student competitions.

Australian Law Schools in Australia

Bond University Law School Moot Court

Law Week events in Australia are organized individually or by a group of organizations collaborating to share ideas and resources. Some examples of organizations who participate in and support Law Week include the Courts Administration Authority, law firms, Australian police departments, municipal libraries, community legal centres, legal aid,  and the Attorney General’s Department. Usually, Law Week‘s major highlight is Courts Open Day, which provides a chance to explore the rich heritage of the courts. Tours, mock trials, sentencing exercises and meet-the-judge sessions give visitors an insight into court operations and personalities.

Law Week events are aimed at the whole community. These events provide opportunities for people from all walks of life to gain new perspectives on legal and justice issues. These events will be of interest to those who work in legal and justice agencies and students, especially students studying at Australian Law Schools.

What is the difference between the LLB and the JD?

The Bachelor of Laws and the Juris Doctor are both professionally recognized degrees. Both LLB and JD programs educate students to practice law and allow them to apply for registration in Canada. The main difference is that the LLB is offered at the undergraduate level, and the JD is offered at the postgraduate level. Bachelor of Laws students can study the program directly from high school or after having completed post-secondary studies, while the JD or graduate-entry LLB requires a completed bachelor degree for admission.

At some Australian Law Schools, JD programs are fast-tracked, so that you can complete them in two calendar years, as opposed to a three-year, graduate-entry LLB. Entry requirements for JD programs can be more competitive, especially as they become more popular with North American students. At universities where both a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Laws are offered, students who have already completed an undergraduate degree normally apply for the postgraduate professional qualification (JD).

Which law programs do OzTREKK Australian Law Schools offer?

OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools offer either a graduate-entry LLB or JD and most offer an undergraduate-entry LLB. Click on the links below to find out more about the university’s law program.

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Would you like more information about law schools in Australia? Contact OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada). Find how OzTREKK helps you to study in Australia and about law programs at Australian universities.