Law

OverviewStudying law

As a Canadian seeking to become qualified to practice law in Canada, 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.

Both Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Juris Doctor (JD) programs educate you to practice law and allow you 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 some post-secondary studies. In order to be eligible to apply for a JD program, you must have completed your bachelor degree.

Licensing Practicing in Canada

Graduate qualifications from an Australian law school are recognized internationally. Canadian students who wish to practice as lawyers upon their return to Canada are required to apply to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) for assessment as the first step in the accreditation process.

The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) evaluates the credentials of foreign lawyers or Canadians with a foreign law degree, who wish to be admitted as a lawyer in Canada. Guidelines on the evaluation of legal credentials for accreditation for foreign-trained lawyers are available on the National Committee on Accreditation website. Check our FAQs for more details.

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“I’m so glad I made the decision”

I never imagined I'd have the courage to move to a new country and study law but I'm so glad I made the decision. I've learned a lot about myself and grown as a person. The staff is very helpful. Reach out to the Griffith Canadian law students association for additional advice and to guide you when you arrive/throughout your studies. It has worked wonders for me.

Abdullah K
Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Griffith University, 2019

“Small classes with lots of time to participate”

Great university, just as oztrekk explained! Small classes with lots of time to participate.

Bond University Ali S
Juris Doctor
Bond University, 2019

“…the smaller class sizes makes keeping up with programs and finding mentors within the school super easy”

Yes, it is a beautiful campus. the social life there is phenomenal and makes me wish I was still a party guy, but the smaller class sizes makes keeping up with programs and finding mentors within the school super easy. This really is exactly what I want to do and I am learning things that I always wished I could have been.

Bond University Michael M
Juris Doctor
Bond University, 2019

“It is a good environment with lots of resource”

It is a good environment with lots of resources that students have access to. Most of the professors are very committed to our success and learning process.

Bond University Julietta O
Juris Doctor
Bond University, 2019

“The program is fantastic.”

I do like my university. I'm currently finishing up my first courses here but I have enjoyed the university thus far. The program is fantastic. It's very engaging and there is a lot of reading involved but the lecturers and librarians have ensured that we are given all the tools and resources we need to do well.

Monash University Amogh K
Juris Doctor
Monash University, 2019

“My mind is blown”

Griffith is an amazingly supportive university. My mind is blown. Can't say I've experienced this type of accommodation elsewhere (and totally unexpected).

Tyler J
Law
Griffith University, 2019

“…great networking opportunities”

The small cohort, and how you get to know everyone by name. It is located in the heart of the legal precinct and gives great networking opportunities for that reason.

Monash University Safia E
Law
Monash University, 2019

“The school has a peer mentor program which I really like. It’s great to have a student ahead of you that you can ask for guidance from.”

I only have good things to say about my program so far. The class sizes are great and the school really eases you into the program. I find that everything is really manageable so far. The school has a peer mentor program which I really like. It's great to have a student ahead of you that you can ask for guidance from.

Monash University Simran S.
Monash University, 2018

“I love my uni and the program.”

I love my uni and the program. It's very challenging and intense and hard (although that's expected on any law school) but there are so many opportunities and support given.

Bond University Maryam H.
Bond University, 2018

“…that practical experience really enhanced my resume and my skills”

They allow you to take master-level courses as well as more electives so that gives you more freedom to choose what type of education and courses you receive. Because of the JD program, you are also able to have the practical experience working both at the Legal Centre at the university as well as other local law firms, and by far, that practical experience really enhanced my resume and my skills and definitely helped me excel in my legal practice... as well as helped get employment here in Ontario.

UON, Australia Kaitlin J
Law
The University of Newcastle, 2018

“Newcastle offers a very practical and hands on experience”

Newcastle offers the JD combined with the GDLP....  Newcastle offers a very practical and hands on experience.

UON, Australia Nick G
Law
The University of Newcastle, 2018

“Excellent”

Excellent, I will be recommending it to friends from home.

UON, Australia Matthew O
Law
The University of Newcastle, 2015

“Everyone is very helpful”

Everyone is very helpful and the class sizes are small which allows you to have an advantage. The experience at the legal centre is also a key aspect of this program.

UON, Australia Jasveen B
Law
The University of Newcastle, 2014

“Very beneficial and competitive in the diploma in legal practice area”

I like that the classes are small for my program I like that everyone is friendly. It's a good program to apply to Wont regret it Can learn a lot from this program Very beneficial and competitive in the diploma in legal practice area of program

UON, Australia Renee T
Law
The University of Newcastle, 2014

“I love everything about the program”

The weather, and the people, they're just so chill and relaxed! I love everything about the program. It's great, the people are great, the profs are great, the program is great! In week 5 I was already doing hands on practical experience, you can't beat that!

UON, Australia Taija K
Law
The University of Newcastle, 2014

“My university is very helpful and very accommodating to international students”

The warm weather, beaches and people.  I like that the university is very helpful, there is a lot of support programs for international students as well as law students. I really like the campus.... It is a great experience and that my university is very helpful and very accommodating to international students.

UON, Australia Paulina K
Law
The University of Newcastle, 2014

“I really appreciated the personal connection between professors and students”

Studying law at Newcastle was a great adventure for me. I really appreciated the personal connection between professors and students, and the opportunity to receive extensive supervised practical training made it well worth spending three years to obtain a comprehensive legal education. On my return to Canada, I was able to complete the relevant exams and start my legal career.

UON, Australia Dave L
Law
The University of Newcastle, 2014