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Friday, October 27th, 2017

Meet Molly, your new Australian law schools admissions officer!

As many of you know, OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston is taking a break to welcome the arrival of her little one! But we won’t leave you hanging!

Meet Molly, your new Australian law schools admissions officer!

OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon

All of us at OzTREKK are pleased to welcome back Molly Mahon, who was away this year on maternity leave. Molly originally joined the OzTREKK team in 2012, so she has lots of experience working with student files, and she understands the ins and outs of studying in Australia.

Molly looks forward to working with you and assisting you with your law school applications, but mostly she is happy to help you get to Australia to follow your dreams!

Are you interested in studying law at an Australian university?

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. Do you have questions about admissions, program structures, accreditation, practicing in Canada? OzTREKK has answers!

Which law programs do OzTREKK Australian Law Schools offer?

Australian Law Schools offer either a graduate-entry LLB or JD and most offer an undergraduate-entry LLB:

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Would you like more information about law degrees offered in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Celebrating National Law Week in Australia

National Law Week in Australia takes place throughout Australia in May each year. This year, it runs from May 16 – 20. 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?

Australian Law Schools offer either a graduate-entry LLB or JD and most offer an undergraduate-entry LLB:

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Would you like more information about law schools in Australia? Contact OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, May 11th, 2015

National Law Week in Australia

National Law Week in Australia takes place throughout Australia in May each year. This year, it runs from May 11 – 15. 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

University of Melbourne Law School

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.

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 programs at Australian universities, 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.

Friday, May 8th, 2015

About Macquarie Law School

Recently, Macquarie introduced a Juris Doctor (JD) program, a postgraduate qualification in law which typically qualifies students to seek admission to practice in Australia, Canada, and globally.

Macquarie University Law School

Study law at Macquarie (Photo credit: Paul Wright)

Macquarie Law School Juris Doctor (JD) Program

Macquarie University’s JD will continue the Macquarie Law School’s tradition of providing interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of law to ensure graduates not only know what the law is, but why it has evolved the way it has and where it might or should develop in the future. The Macquarie Law School also recognizes the importance of understanding law in a globalized world and ensure all graduates have studied international law. The school has embraced the university’s Participation and Community Engagement program, requiring every student to undertake experiential or work-integrated learning prior to graduation to ensure they are workplace ready.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and July

Entry Requirements for the Macquarie University JD Program

  • Completed or be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 2.5/4.00 ( approx. 65%). Please note this is the minimum average to apply.

It is recommended that you apply for this program if you have achieved a minimum cGPA 70% cumulative average, or above, in order for your application to be considered competitive. Please note that the applicant’s cumulative average will be taken into consideration. Macquarie University does not require the LSAT for entry.

Apply now to Macquarie Law School!

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If you have any questions about how to apply to the Juris Doctor program at Macquarie Law School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Macquarie Law School postgraduate information evening

Macquarie University Arts and Law Postgraduate Information Evening: Law Postgraduate Programs

Dr Carlos Bernal-Pulido, one of Macquarie Law School‘s Associate Professors provides an introduction to the postgraduate and master’s programs within the Macquarie Law School.

Juris Doctor Program at Macquarie Law School

Beginning in 2014, Macquarie offered a Juris Doctor (JD), a postgraduate qualification in law which typically qualifies students to seek admission to practice in Australia and globally.

Macquarie University’s JD will continue the Macquarie Law School’s tradition of providing interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of law to ensure graduates not only know what the law is, but why it has evolved the way it has and where it might or should develop in the future. The Macquarie Law School also recognizes the importance of understanding law in a globalized world and ensure all graduates have studied international law. The school has embraced the university’s Participation and Community Engagement program, requiring every student to undertake experiential or work-integrated learning prior to graduation to ensure they are workplace ready.

Key features of the Macquarie Juris Doctor Program

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the Australian legal system, including an international law perspective
  • Gain the analytical, writing and advocacy skills required in the legal environment
  • Enhance your degree with our Participation and Community Engagement program which integrates learning with workplace experience
  • Opportunity to accelerate the rate of completion of your degree through summer session offerings
  • Possibility of specialization in international law, environmental law, corporate and commercial law and social justice

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and July

Offers are issued on a rolling admissions basis (first come, first served).

Entry Requirements

  • Completed or be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 2.5/4.00 ( approx. 65%). Please note this is the minimum average to apply.

OzTREKK recommends that you apply for this program if you have achieved a minimum cGPA 70% cumulative average, or above, in order for your application to be considered competitive. Please note that the applicant’s cumulative average will be taken into consideration. Macquarie University does not require the LSAT for entry.

Apply now to Macquarie Law School!

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If you have any questions about studying  law at Macquarie Law School and in Australia, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Macquarie staff and alumni recognised in 100 Women of Influence Awards

Five Macquarie University staff members and alumni have been recognised in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014, across the Public Policy, Young Leaders and Global categories.

Professor Emerita Ann Henderson-Sellers from the Department of Environment and Geography has been recognised in the “Global” category for her contribution to climate change research.

Macquarie

Study at Macquarie University (Photo credit: FJ Gaylor)

Professor Rosalind Croucher from Macquarie Law School (currently on leave as President of the Australian Law Reform Commission) has been recognised in the “Public Policy” category.

Alumnus Christine Nixon was also recognised in the “Public Policy” category, for her role as Chair of Good Shepherd Microfinance and Monash College.

Alumni Stephanie Lorenzo, CEO of Project Futures, and Jennifer Star, CEO of Tara.Ed, have also been recognised in the “Young Leade” category.

“To be selected as one of 100 Women of Influence for 2014 is a fantastic honour which I feel recognises not only my contribution but also that of all women in science, engineering and technology,” says Professor Henderson-Sellers. “Women can and do influence society every day—we need to applaud their, our, input and help girls and younger women succeed in non-traditional areas and roles.”

Now in its third year, the 100 Women of Influence Awards celebrate outstanding women from a wide variety of sectors across Australia.

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Find out more about how you can study at Macquarie University! Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

New Juris Doctor program at Macquarie Law School

When Macquarie Law School was established in 1972, it became the third oldest law school in New South Wales. Since then, Macquarie Law School has made its mark in legal education: undertaking innovative research, fostering interdisciplinary approaches to the law, promoting social justice and enhancing understanding of fundamental legal rules and institutions.

Macquarie Law School

Learn more about the Macquarie JD (Photo credit: Penny Clay)

Often critical to the Macquarie Law School experience is interaction and involvement with the Macquarie University Law Society (MULS). MULS is one of those inimitable organizations that appreciates the importance of ensuring that students receive more than just a degree, by providing students with experiences that make them multiskilled, highly capable and ambitious individuals.

New Juris Doctor Program at Macquarie Law School

From 2014, Macquarie will start teaching a Juris Doctor (JD), a postgraduate qualification in law which typically qualifies students to seek admission to practice in Australia and globally.

Macquarie University’s JD will continue the Macquarie Law School’s tradition of providing interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of law to ensure graduates not only know what the law is, but why it has evolved the way it has and where it might or should develop in the future. The Macquarie Law School also recognizes the importance of understanding law in a globalized world and ensure all graduates have studied international law. The school has embraced the university’s Participation and Community Engagement program, requiring every student to undertake experiential or work-integrated learning prior to graduation to ensure they are workplace ready.

Key features of the Macquarie Juris Doctor Program

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the Australian legal system, including an international law perspective
  • Gain the analytical, writing and advocacy skills required in the legal environment
  • Enhance your degree with our Participation and Community Engagement program which integrates learning with workplace experience
  • Opportunity to accelerate the rate of completion of your degree through summer session offerings
  • Possibility of specialization in international law, environmental law, corporate and commercial law and social justice

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: Oct. 1, 2013. Offers are issued on a rolling admissions basis (first come, first served).

Entry Requirements

  • Completed or be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 2.5/4.00 ( approx. 65%). Please note this is the minimum average to apply.

OzTREKK recommends that you apply for this program if you have achieved a minimum cGPA 70% cumulative average, or above, in order for your application to be considered competitive. Please note that the applicant’s cumulative average will be taken into consideration. Macquarie University does not require the LSAT for entry.

Apply now to Macquarie Law School!

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If you have any questions about studying  law at Macquarie Law School and in Australia, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston: Email Shannon at shannon@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.

Friday, July 5th, 2013

About the Macquarie University Law Society (MULS)

The Macquarie University Law Society (MULS) is a representative body for all law students at Macquarie University. The society operates to enhance the Macquarie Law degree by assisting students in personal and professional development; providing students the opportunity to examine new ideas and communicate them internally and externally; and giving students the opportunity to enjoy university life through competitions, publications, socials and sporting events, and making connections and having fun in the process.

All law students at Macquarie Law School are members of MULS. The Macquarie University Law Society offers a range of opportunities for students to get involved in the society, either through attending social and sports events, contributing to The Brief, or competing in the society’s highly-regarded competitions.

The Macquarie University Law Society offers

  • popular sporting and social events, including First Year Law Camp, Law Cruise, Law Ball, and Sports Gala Days;
  • competitions such as Mooting, Client Interview, and various External Competitions, which are sponsored through partnerships with leading commercial law firms in Sydney;
  • opportunity to attend career development events, such as the yearly Clerkship Fair, and Careers Workshops;
  • job opportunities, made available through the MULS jobs board;
  • publication of The Brief, Clerkship Guide, and Careers Guide, our premier student-created publications;
  • support for external and distance students, including social and networking events held throughout the year; and
  • opportunities to become engaged in a range of social justice and community involvement initiatives.

About Macquarie’s Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program

Macquarie University’s Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program is a three-year graduate-entry law program that provides its graduates and with a solid base of legal principles and the critical and analytic skills to really understand those principles. Students are required to learn the role of law in society and develop a sense of social responsibility while studying in this law program.

Entry Requirements for the Macquarie University Graduate LLB Program

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

  • Completed or be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 2.70/4.00 (70-73%)

Macquarie University does not require the LSAT for entry.

Apply now to Macquarie University Law School!

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If you have any questions about studying  law at Macquarie Law School and in Australia, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston: Email Shannon at shannon@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.

 

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Macquarie Law School applications are open for 2014

Applications for Macquarie University Law School‘s graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program for the 2014 intake are officially open via OzTREKK!

Macquarie University‘s Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program is a three-year graduate-entry law program that provides its graduates and with a solid base of legal principles and the critical and analytic skills to really understand those principles. Students are required to learn the role of law in society and develop a sense of social responsibility while studying in this law program.

When the Macquarie Law School was established in 1972, it became the third oldest law school in New South Wales. Since then, Macquarie Law School has made its mark in legal education: undertaking innovative research, fostering interdisciplinary approaches to the  law, promoting social justice and enhancing understanding of fundamental legal rules and institutions.

Starting semesters for the Macquarie LLBdegree:

  • 2013 July
  • 2014 February

Entry Requirements for the Macquarie University Graduate LLB Program

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

  • Completed or be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 2.70/4.00 (70-73%)

OzTREKK recommends that you apply for this law program if you have achieved a minimum cGPA 70% cumulative average, as above. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply and that your application outcome will be determined by Macquarie University. Please note that each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study.

Macquarie University does not require the LSAT for entry.

Apply now to Macquarie University Law School!

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For more information about law school entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit the OzTREKK Law School in Australia page.

If you have any questions about studying  law at Macquarie University and in Australia, please contact OzTREKK Australian Law School 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 school at Australian universities.