Early entry scheme for Indigenous students studying Law

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science student Gabby knew she had a guaranteed place at the University of Newcastle before she even sat her final HSC exam. It was all possible through the University of Newcastle Law School's Indigenous Early Entry Scheme.

The University of Newcastle Law School is offering Indigenous students the opportunity to gain early entry to our Law degree. Imagine having a guaranteed place in a Law program at University before beginning your final HSC exams.

Recognising the need to increase the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian legal profession and allied fields, Newcastle Law School is inviting Indigenous students currently preparing for their Higher School Certificate to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined. This is a five year full time program, in which students will complete their Bachelor of Laws (Honours) alongside another degree program of their choice.

Not only will you get early entry into this degree, you will have access to:

  • a guaranteed place in University Accommodation at the Callaghan Campus
  • a pre-law orientation program
  • a mentoring scheme pairing new Indigenous students with more senior Indigenous students and legal practitioners
  • support services available via the Wollotuka Institute.

At Newcastle Law School you will be part of a supportive community of academics, staff and students. We develop graduates who are ethically responsible global citizens, who have a strong sense of social justice, uphold the rule of law and are committed to the highest professional standards. We offer an innovative program which combines academic study with professional legal training, including experience with real clients at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre.

How to apply (current HSC students)

To apply there is a three-step process:

Step 1: Apply online via UAC for admission to Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined
UAC applications opened on 03 April 2019. Applications must be completed, paid for, and submitted by 11:59 on 12 September 2019.

Step 2: Gather supporting documents for your application
You will need to provide:

  • An Expression of Interest (EOI) to participate in the program outlining why you want to study Law, what skills you possess to succeed at university, and your career goals.
  • A copy of your two most recent school reports (clear coloured scanned copy or a certified black and white photocopy), demonstrating performance levels of:
    • English (Advanced) of 75 or higher or English (Standard) of 80 or higher; and
    • Two additional subjects at 75 or higher.
  • A letter of recommendation for the program from your school Principal, Year Advisor, Subject Coordinator or Careers Adviser.
  • A letter of recommendation from an Aboriginal Elder or Community member (this could be the Aboriginal Liaison Officer at your school).
  • If you are a remote student without access to an ATAR-qualifying HSC English course but you wish to apply for this program, please contact us to discuss alternative ways to demonstrate your school achievement.

NOTE: Newcastle Law School does not wish to discourage potential applicants who have achieved close to the above standards but have faced challenges that have limited their academic performance. If you have achieved a performance over 70% in three subjects, including English, and have faced complicating circumstances during your HSC studies, we welcome your application.

Step 3: Submit your supporting documents
Your EOI, school reports, letters of recommendation, and confirmation of A&TSI status all need to be submitted together in an email to NLSIEE@newcastle.edu.au by 11:59pm 12 September 2019.

Selection process

  • All complete applications will be considered.
  • Selected students will be shortlisted for interview.
  • Interviews are provisionally scheduled for 27 September either in person or via Skype with a University panel that includes an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander university staff member
  • Successful applicants will be offered a place in the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined program when the UAC October Round 1 offers are released on 10 October 2019 (prior to the commencement of HSC exams).

More information

For further information please email NLSIEE@newcastle.edu.au