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Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Why Canadians should study law at Griffith University

Griffith Law School is ranked in the top 100 law schools in the 2015/2016 QS World University Rankings. Griffith students learn from award-winning teachers who have been recognised by the Australian Government’s Office of Learning and Teaching for their outstanding teaching quality. In addition to studying the core areas of legal practice, students may choose from a range of exciting electives across five areas: global law and governance; law and commerce; environment and social justice; theories and contexts of law; and clinical and legal professional practice, which includes clinical courses that offer practical legal skills, insights and experiences.

Why Canadians should study law at Griffith University

Find out how you can study law at Griffith University

Griffith’s Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry) degree now includes courses that will equip you to sit the NCA accreditation exams when you finish your degree. You can even sit these exams at the Gold Coast. With a Griffith law degree you could seek admission to practice in both Australia and Canada.

Canadian Law Electives

The following courses are taught in Year 3 as optional electives to assist students who wish to return to Canada to practice:

  • Foundations of Canadian Law
  • Canadian Criminal Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Canadian Administrative Law
  • Canadian Legal Professional Responsibility

Program: Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years

Apply to Griffith University Law School!


Find out more about this webinar and about studying at Griffith Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

New Judge in Residence at Melbourne Law School

Melbourne Law School is set to welcome the newest Judge in Residence, The Hon Peter RA Gray AM, who has recently retired from the Federal Court of Australia.

The Judge in Residence initiative has now been running for over two years at Melbourne Law School, and gives law students and academics the opportunity to engage with some of Australia’s most influential judicial leaders through a series of workshops, classes and lectures.

University of Melbourne Law School

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Having graduated from Melbourne Law School with an LLB in 1968, The Hon Peter RA Gray will return to his alma mater in February 2015 to share insights from his 29 years of service to the Federal Court.

The retired judge has expressed his enthusiasm to begin his residence at the law school and hopes that students can make full use of his counsel.

“I hope to be a resource for students, particularly to meet one-to-one with as many as I can. I want students to ask me questions, whether about the law, about careers, or about anything that is troubling them,” said the Hon Peter RA Gray.

While a judge, his honour served as a judge of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia, a Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Aboriginal Land Commissioner, and a Deputy President of the National Native Title Tribunal.  Previous to his position on the Federal Court, he practiced as a barrister in Melbourne, covering a wide variety of areas, with a specialisation in industrial law.

Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor Program

Melbourne Law School is a leader and innovator in legal education, and a vibrant place of learning that values ideas, excellence and intellectual exchange. Its rich history spans over 150 years. The school is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of excellence measured against the best law schools in the world in the areas of research, teaching and engagement. The law school demands high standards of their academic and professional staff and students, and they support them in striving to reach these standards.

The University of Melbourne has offered the Melbourne JD since 2000, which set a benchmark for legal education in Australia. The curriculum has been developed specifically for graduates and the course is structured and taught in a way that is suitable for graduates.

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

Entry Requirements

Melbourne JD applicants must have

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

The Melbourne JD has three selection criteria:

  1. Academic results achieved in previous tertiary studies
  2. The LSAT score
  3. The applicant’s personal statement

Apply to Melbourne Law School!


Discover more about the Melbourne Law School and the Melbourne JD program! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355, and find out how you can study in Australia!

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Bond Law School celebrates Canadian Law graduates in Toronto

More than 200 people came together to recognize the achievements of Bond University’s newest Canadian Law graduates at celebrations held recently in Toronto and Vancouver, as did OzTREKK Admissions Officer Nicole Bowes, who has worked with many of OzTREKK’s Bond Law School students in the past.

Bond Law School

Bond University Dean of Law Professor Geraldine Mackenzie

Bond University consistently ranks as one of Australia’s leading universities in independent reviews, and its Law School is rated as one of the best in the country, and #1 for overall student satisfaction*.

Bond University’s Dean of Law, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, said the events provided the perfect opportunity for the families and friends of the university’s newest  law graduates, as well as the broader Canadian Bond community, to join in the celebrations.

“Graduating with a degree in law is a major achievement and momentous occasion for any young scholar, but often for international students, their families and loved ones are unable to attend the official graduation event in Australia,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“So what Bond decided to do was to take the celebrations to our students by hosting graduation celebrations for the families and friends of our Canadian Law graduates much closer to home, in Vancouver and Toronto.

“We also invited along our Canadian Bond Law graduates from previous years, and some prospective future students, to join in the celebrations,” she said.

“It’s these alumni who often take on the role of mentor to both students and recent graduates, so the nights provide the perfect opportunity to network, identify career opportunities, recruit new talent and swap stories with fellow Bondies.

The Bond Law School Dean also commented that Bond University has internships and placement opportunities with a number of law firms and organizations in Canada and has law graduates working, and networking, throughout Canada and all over the world.

Bond University offers a trimester schedule, meaning students complete their Juris Doctor (JD) in just two years—a full year earlier than at other Australian Law Schools. The small class sizes ensure all students are encouraged to participate and have direct and regular access to their teachers, who are leading experts in law.

Bond Law School

OzTREKK student Basil Bansal and Dean Mackenzie, with Bond’s International Regional Manager Stuart Floyd at the podium

In March 2013, The Honourable Justice Gordon Campbell from Prince Edward Island presented to the students and staff at Bond University’s Faculty of Law on “The Importance of Judicial Independence in the Legal System,” an event which was very well received by all students, not just Bond’s Canadian cohorts.

As part of its Juris Doctor (JD) program, Bond Law School offers all four of the Canadian law subjects required by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) for foreign trained lawyers as electives: Foundations of Canadian Law, Canadian Constitutional Law, Canadian Administrative Law and Canadian Criminal Law.

Each semester, Canadian Law Orientation sessions and Homeward Bound sessions are held on campus to help orientate Bond’s Canadian students and provide them with a better understanding of what they need to be thinking of before returning home.

Bond Law School is internationally recognized for its “legal skills focused” program, and its state-of-the-art Moot Court facilities provide students with ample opportunity to practice what they learn in the classroom.

In the international mooting arena, Bond Law School had a phenomenal win at the 2013 Beijing Foreign Studies University Intellectual Property Law Moot and made it to the semi-finals in both the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot and the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

Bond also placed Second Runner Up at the International Criminal Court Trial Competition in the Hague.

Recent Bond Law School graduate, Basil Bansal said he’d already put the skills learned during his law degree to use.

“I gained many useful legal skills during my law degree at Bond, including mooting, negotiation and client interviewing, and have already had the chance to apply some of these since I started as a law clerk at Martin G. Schulz & Associates in Edmonton,” Basil said.

“The staff at Bond make themselves available to assist students outside the classroom and the small tutorial sessions encourage and allow students to speak out and understand the material better.

“The university has great facilities on campus that really enhanced my learning experience and offers a broad range of extracurricular activities and opportunities, too.”

Bond Law School

OzTREKK student Michelle Occhiogrosso (left) and friend

Bond Law School’s accelerated program, which runs three semesters a year, allowed Basil to finish his JD in two years, with the electives in Canadian Law equipping him to return to Canada and practice here straightaway.

“I decided to return to Canada for family and because an employment opportunity presented itself; however I’ve made many lifelong friends at Bond from Australia and around the world I know I will keep in touch with,” Basil said, adding “I can say without any hesitation that studying Law at Bond was a great decision that I wouldn’t trade for anything.”

Professor Mackenzie said each and every one of the Canadian graduates had enriched the Bond Law community.

“We were very fortunate to have them, and they are now part of the Bond family of many different nationalities and cultures from all over the world,” she said.

“There is a special bond that exists between Australians and Canadians, and we are thrilled to be able to broaden our Canadian Bond Community to include these new graduates, their family and friends, and some soon-to-be Bondies, too.”

* Earlier this month, a survey published by Survive Law, Australia’s leading community of law students online, ranked Bond Law #1 in overall student satisfaction. Bond 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.

Apply now to Bond Law School!


Questions about studying at Bond University or about Bond Law School? 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, December 4th, 2013

Bond Law School student’s advice about obtaining an articling position

OzTREKK Bond Law School Student’s Tips to Obtaining an Articling Position

Considering Bond Law School? Worried about articling? Read an OzTREKK student’s tips about obtaining an articling position!

Bond Law School

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  • Get yourself out there. If you have social media, post blogs or interesting articles about areas of law you are interested in.
  • Attend any type of social event that allows you to meeting lawyers.
  • Show a firm why you are more valuable than another candidate.
  • Volunteer your legal services.
  • Attend court to watch motions or trials (just see the different styles out there, how motions are argued).
  • Read about the current law in the area you are interested in.
  • Sending out cold resumes does not work. You need a soft contact. When I was looking for an articling position, one of the best ways was literally showing my face at a firm—getting in front of the people who make the decisions. I felt it was much more effective than just sending an email.
  • Use every connection you, your friends, or your parents have and then move on to other firms.
  • Overall, coming back from Australia to Canada to practice law and securing a position is merely “being in the right place at the right time,” and knowing as many lawyers as possible.
  • While you are in school, get some sort of firm experience on your resume.

Interview Tips

Here are a few points to help with your interview:

  • Smile when someone asks you the question of why you didn’t study law at a Canadian law school. Explain to them the opportunity you were given and the ability to travel and study in a country Canadians only dream of going to.
  • Let them know about the hands-on experience you received at Bond Law School.
  • Mention your ability to learn how to work as part of a team and how to handle tasks on your own.
  • Explain that your studies at Bond Law School helped you understand different cultures. Bond is an internationally well-known university, and your experience there taught you how to interact with people from all over the world.
  • Try to get some sort of firm work or experience on your resume, whether it be during your studies at Bond or prior to attending Bond Law School. Resumes prove more attractive when experience is listed, and it shows you are a self-starter and enthusiastic about law.


Interested in studying law at Bond University? Apply now to Bond Law School!

Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions officer Shannon Tilston for more information about law programs at Law Schools in Australia and about how you can study in Australia. Email Shannon at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada 1 866-698-7355.

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

UQ Law School studies finding a balance between traditional and modern law

The relationship between traditional and modern legal systems in Pacific island nations will be the focus research by a University of Queensland Law School professor.

University of Queensland Law School

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UQ‘s Professor Jennifer Corrin will play a key role in a $2-million global research project designed to resolve social, economic and environmental issues created by conflicts between traditional and modern legal systems in Canada, Africa and the South Pacific.

Professor Corrin is co-investigator in the five-year ‘State and Indigenous Legal Cultures: Law in Search of Legitimacy’ project’, led by the University of Ottawa and involving researchers from 14 universities in seven countries.

“Many countries are struggling with an inheritance of legal pluralism that recognizes both the formal written law and indigenous customary laws,” she said.

The term “legal pluralism” refers to the co-existence of different legal systems within one social field.

The UQ Law School professor noted that they hope to identify practical measures to achieve law reform and legal development to accommodate both types of laws.

“In the South Pacific, the problem poses urgent challenges today, especially in sensitive areas such as access to land and natural resources, and family life, including youth protection, criminal affairs and human rights,” she said, adding that the research aims to find transferable lessons and solutions to the problems which arise from pluralism by devising avenues of reform which take account of both systems of law and result in effective, legitimate and locally resonant legal systems.

The project includes a number of Indigenous contributors who have identified the research priority as the relationship between indigenous customary and state law in the areas of justice, family and land.

“It is very exciting to have the opportunity to work with such a prestigious and diverse international team to examine this neglected area of law,” Professor Corrin said.

Professor Corrin is a member of the project’s Pacific Group which will focus on the laws of the small South Pacific island states.

The research will create opportunities for students at the TC Beirne School of Law, as a research higher degree student will be recruited for the project and undergraduate law students can apply to take part through the 2013 UQ Summer Research Program.

The project is led by University of Ottawa law Professor Ghislain Otis, and has received $A1.99m funding from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnerships Grants program and smaller amounts from the University of Ottawa and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

About UQ Law School

The University of Queensland Law School is a long established and leading Australian law school. The law school is committed to providing high quality undergraduate and postgraduate legal education, and of contributing to the production of lasting and cutting-edge research.

The three-year, graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree at the UQ Law School is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and deep understanding of legal principles and institutions that is distinguished by its rigour, depth and conceptual sophistication. Your education in the law will include not only a thorough understanding of the concepts, principles, policies and values that underpin and permeate the law both in Australia and in other jurisdictions, but will also see you develop a critical and reflective attitude to the law, and more generally, a capacity for sustained critical analysis, thought and argument.

Apply to UQ Law School!


To find out more about studying law in Australia and at the University of Queensland, contact OzTREKK Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston. Learn which law school in Australia is right for you! Phone Shannon at 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada), or email shannon@oztrekk.com.

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

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

UQ Law School graduate secures internship in The Netherlands

University of Queensland Law School graduate Brooke Marshall has secured a sought-after internship at the Permanent Bureau of The Hague Conference on Private International Law in The Netherlands.

Ms Marshall, a solicitor with Allens in Brisbane, said she was honoured to have been selected for the 2013 Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship.

University of Queensland Law School

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“I have a deep fascination with the complexities of private international law—an interest piqued by my undergraduate studies at the TC Beirne School of Law,” she said.

“The Nygh internship presents a unique opportunity to work at the world’s leading organization for the harmonization of the rules of private international law.”

The Hague Conference on Private International Law is a global, inter-governmental body seeking internationally agreed approaches to situations common to many countries with different legal systems, for example, child protection, marriage and commercial law.

Its first meeting was held in 1893 on the initiative of Tobias Asser, the 1911 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

“The Hague Conference promotes access to justice in cross-jurisdictional situations and gives life to Tobias Asser’s vision of a global order of richly diverse bodies of civil and commercial laws through the progressive unification of the rules of private international law,” Ms Marshall said.

During the six-month internship, Ms Marshall will work within the Permanent Bureau researching and translating texts and drafting advice and recommendations from Expert Working Groups into international instruments.

The role will draw on French language skills she gained at the UQ School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies and through UQ Abroad university exchanges in Paris and Lyon.

The Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship is awarded in memory of The Hon Dr Peter Nygh AM, a former judge of the Family Court of Australia and a leading international lawyer.

Following her graduation from UQ with Honours in 2012, Ms Marshall worked as an associate to The Honourable Justice Keane while he was Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia before joining Allens.


Apply to UQ Law School!

Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information about the UQ Law School and other law schools in Australia. Email Shannon at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.


Friday, June 7th, 2013

UQ Law School students celebrate academic excellence

University of Queensland Law School students have been awarded for their exceptional academic performance, in areas from taxation law to criminal procedure.

Special guest, the Hon. Justice Patrick Keane of the High Court of Australia, presented the academic prizes at the UQ Law Awards Ceremony at Customs House on May 15.

In his opening address, UQ Law alumnus Justice Keane congratulated the award recipients and reminded them of the value and advantages their university education will provide.

“The advantage which we enjoy is very special,” Justice Keane said. “We all owe a great deal to those who have made it possible for us to enjoy this advantage; it is something that previous generations did not enjoy or even dream about.

UQ’s Dean of Law, Professor Nick Gaskell described the event as an opportunity to celebrate the success of the law school’s highest performing students.

“This is a special night to acknowledge the hard work and efforts of the prize winners and for them to share their success with their families and friends as well as leading members of the legal profession,” Professor Gaskell said.

Professor Gaskell thanked the law firms and individuals who donated many of the awards and prizes presented on the night.

More than 100 guests attended the event, including law prize sponsors, legal professionals, and family and friends of the award-winning students.

Among them was The Hon. Ian Walker, Queensland’s Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts who presented the David Leeder Davies Prize in Trade Practices Law to Ms Evelyn Peter.

The prize was established by family and friends in memory of Mr Walker’s brother-in-law, UQ Law alumnus David Leeder Davies, who graduated from the school in 1981.

UQ Law School’s December 2012 Valedictorian Mr Byron Hewson said it was a testimony to the generosity of the law school alumni community to have so many awards to present on the night.

During the evening Justice Keane also presented the prestigious UQ Law Mentor of the Year Award to Brisbane lawyer Krista Mahoney of Thynne & Macartney.

Apply to UQ Law School!


Would you like more information about the Bachelor of Laws program at the UQ Law School? Find out more about law programs at Australian Law Schools.

Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information about the UQ Law School and other law schools in Australia. Email Shannon at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.


Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

The OzTREKKER – April 2013 Edition

Want to know which Australian law school takes to the beach? Which one of OzTREKK’s law schools has a high-tech courtroom? Where to go to find one of the most extensive law libraries in Australia? In the April 2013 edition of The OzTREKKER, we take you inside our Australian university law schools to highlight unique aspects of each program.

From community engagement at the University of Newcastle to an emphasis on research at James Cook University, each law school provides its own diverse offerings. Find out more by reading this issue!

Also between the pages of the April 2013 edition of The OzTREKKER:

Mooting movies: Bond University Law School produces videos to take the mystery out of mooting. With Bond University law students, professors and even the dean on board, the entertaining videos touch on everything from preparing for a moot, to proper appearance in moot court.

Law lore: We take an in-depth look at Australian law schools as law is the program of the month for April. Find out what the University of Melbourne, the University of Newcastle, Macquarie University, Bond University, James Cook University, the University of Queensland, University of Sydney and Monash University offer students interested in furthering their studies in law.

Aussie April Fools’ Anecdotes: Just for fun, we highlight some of the most notorious April
Fools’ gags played out on Australian soil – even one which features one of our universities!

Unsurpassed UQ opportunity: The University of Queensland’s legal clinics are opening doors for its law students – and community members who access the pro bono services.

We feature this and much more in the April 2013 edition of The OzTREKKER. Be prepared to be found guilty of wanting to study at an Australian law school! Read on, OzTREKKERs!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Bond University Law School students win inaugural Environmental Law Moot

Bond University Law School students won the Environmental Law Moot competition, beating teams from around Australia at the Melbourne Federal Court in September.

Bond University Law School students Peter-John (PJ) Brennan and Alex Myers went head-to-head with the University of Melbourne Law School in the final round to be named champions of the newly established competition.

The pair also took out a number of prizes including best appellant memorial (preliminary rounds), best respondent memorials (final rounds) and tied for the best individual oralists (preliminary rounds) prize.

Bond University Law School Dean Professor Geraldine Mackenzie commended the students on their achievement saying their success is a testament to the hard work and preparation they put into the competition.

“I would like to congratulate Alex and PJ for their success in this competition,” said Professor Mackenzie.

Bond University has earned a formidable reputation for its mooting success around the world and the inaugural LaTrobe Environmental Law Moot is a very pleasing success to add to the list which includes international competitions such as the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot and the International Criminal Court (ICC) Trial Competition and many more.”

Both Alex and PJ have had the opportunity to moot around Australia and the world in a host of competitions prior to the LaTrobe moot. This has given them a wonderful opportunity to hone their skills against the best in the world.”


Why Canadians like Bond University Law School

In surveys conducted by the Graduate Careers Council of Australia, the Bond University Law School has ranked No. 1 in student satisfaction a record nine times, with graduates citing the small class sizes and one-on-one mentoring provided by their teachers as a key point of distinction between Bond University Law and other law schools. Those same independent surveys show that Bond University Law School graduates have close to 100 percent success in securing employment.

There is also a Canadian Law Students’ Association at Bond University, which is very active on campus!



Learn more about the Bond University Law School and Bond University.

Apply now to Australian Law Schools for Canadians.


Sunday, September 16th, 2012

OzTREKK Hosts Study in Australia Fairs across Canada

The annual OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs are coming to a Canadian campus near you this September/October!

Who is coming?

The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs:

Why Attend?

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university staff and learn more about their universities, programs, campus lifestyle, entry requirements, accommodation and more.

Australian universities only visit a few times a year, so this is a must not miss event. Ask as many questions and get informed by attending the event!

Canadian Campuses

The OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs will be held at the following Canadian campuses:

Event: UBC Graduate Fair
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Student Union Building, University of British Columbia

Event: OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at University of Alberta
Date: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Student Union Building (SUB), University of Alberta

Event: OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at the University of Western Ontario
Date: Monday, Oct. 1, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: University Community Centre, University of Western Ontario

Event: OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at York University
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Food Court, Student Centre, York University

Event: Queen’s University Graduate Fair
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Grant Hall, Queen’s University

Event: OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at McGill University
Date: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Lev Buhkman Room, Shatner Building, McGill University


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

…and many more programs!

For information about all your program options in Australia, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian University Programs page.

Want More Details?

For more information, contact OzTREKK: 1 866 698 7355 or e-mail info@oztrekk.com.