Studying law in Australia enables students to take advantage of the country’s long established and well respected law schools, in addition to learning in the environment of a prominent early practitioner of common law.
One third of the world’s population live within a common law jurisdiction, including Ireland, India, the US, UK and South Africa, so you would be gaining a qualification relevant in all four corners of the globe.
Of Australia’s 36 accredited law schools an astonishing six of them are ranked in the QS World top 50, with Melbourne and Sydney coming out best of all Australian universities in 8th and 13th. There are also a further three in the top 100, and most of them offer a wide range of different law qualifications depending on your required outcome.
The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is a four year program open to school leavers, although the course can be reduced to three years if you possess a university diploma already. You may also combine an LLB with another course to study what is called a combined degree. This is useful for those who wish to explore a field relevant to law, such as accounting, or those who are unsure about pursuing a legal career. Combined law qualifications mean you leave university with two full degrees after a period of four to five years.
You may also study for a Juris Doctor (JD) degree in Australia; however these courses are typically aimed at graduate students and they are far more expensive than an LLB. A JD takes three years to complete.
Prospective applicants to an Australian undergraduate law course are required to have either completed their high school studies or have significant and relevant work experience. Undergraduates should be able to demonstrate they possess qualifications equivalent to the Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, such as English A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate.
Each course will have its own specific criteria you must fulfil for acceptance, and if you are unsure whether your qualifications meet these standards IEC Abroad’s experts in international qualifications can assist you.
There are also alternative legal and paralegal qualifications available in Australia including Practical Legal Training (PLT), A Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, and various paralegal degrees available at Australian Universities.
Law students whose first language is not English must demonstrate their proficiency before being given a non-conditional offer onto an Australian law course. The best way to prove this is via the IELTS test, however a law course will be unlikely to accept you should your score on the test be lower than 7.0, with some universities requiring a 7.5 score.
IEC Abroad has many partnership universities throughout Australia which offer a range of excellent law degree courses. For more information about studying undergraduate and postgraduate law courses in Australia, contact IEC Abroad today for helpful, expert advice.