A career in law is sure to be among the most challenging and prestigious ones out there. While it can be as glamorous as the Legally Blonde films portray it, there’s a lot of work involved in the process of becoming a lawyer.
Harder still, perhaps, is getting into a world-renowned law school like the University of Adelaide’s Law School. Founded in 1883, it’s the second-oldest law school in Australia, and is also one of its most prestigious. Its admission standards have been known to be highly selective, and your Tertiary Entrance Rank has to be in the high nineties to qualify for enrollment. Those applying for a postgraduate degree, on the other hand, have to present proof of completion for a 3-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
Another thing that adds to the prestige of Adelaide’s foremost law school is the sheer number of luminaries on its list of alumni, which include countless bigwigs from the Australian judiciary, senate, and law academe. About eleven of South Australia’s attorney-generals, including the incumbent John Rau, attended Adelaide Law School, as did two chief ministers from the government of Malaysia.
So, if you’re a law student aspiring to be among the Who’s Who of international law, the University of Adelaide Law School is definitely a good place to begin. Now, the question is, how do you apply?
First, decide on which program you want to apply for. There are about three main degrees under the school’s undergraduate law: the single undergraduate degree (LLB), which has a duration of four years, a graduate entry degree (LLB), which has a duration of three years, and a double degree, which lasts for about five years. Postgraduate programs for law graduates, on the other hand, are as follows: Master of Laws, Master of Comparative Law, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, and a Professional Certificate in Arbitration.
Next, look up your desired program’s entry requirements. The school’s website has a search engine designed especially for this purpose, and you can access it here. For instance, international applicants for undergraduate law are required to have at least an overall score of 7 on the IELTS and the equivalent of a 1905 score on the SAT’s.
Prior to applying, check the application deadlines for your desired program here. If the deadline hasn’t elapsed yet, you can proceed with gathering PDF copies of your academic transcripts, graduation certificates, and IELTS/TOEFL official results.
International applicants also need to sign the Student Agreement prior to submitting the said documents, along with preparing a scan of their passport and visa. An application fee of AUD100 is also required upon application.
Once you have all the documents in place, log-in to submit your online application here.
If your application is successful, you will receive a Letter of Offer from the University via email. To accept the offer, follow the steps enumerated here.
And after that? Well, congratulations. You have just started one of the most challenging and rewarding journeys of your life. Studying to be a lawyer is enriching enough, but to be able to do that with all the resources of one of the best law schools in the world at your disposal is sure to make it doubly so.