Law studies in Australia differ in each university. Some of them, for example, focuses on the development of practical skills and knowledge and understanding of the law. Other schools are trying to develop in their students a critical view of the law in the economic, political, historical or philosophical aspects. In addition, some law schools provide classic programs.
Development of intellectual skills is core element in Australian law studies. Students learn critical thinking, writing literacy, and ability to develop and maintain discussion. It is assumed that subjects do not have to be learnt by heart.
Structure of law studies in Australia
As in most countries, the Australian education system has three levels:
If you already have a basic higher education, you may get profession of law in Australia within three years. If you have only a secondary education diploma, the duration of studying will be prolonged to five years. In both cases, the training takes place in period from March to October. After graduation, the student receives the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB), which in some states called a Juris Doctor (JD).
During the period of study, students learn how compulsory subjects (legal process, contract, tort, property rights, constitutional and criminal law, judicial procedures, etc.) and elective disciplines (international law, comparative law, copyrights, trademarks, etc.), with which may obtain further specialization.
At the Faculty of Law, students can also get dual education that combine law with humanitarian, economic or natural sciences. In this case, the duration of training comprises five years. Note that training in some law schools is possible only provided that the student will acquire such “dual” education.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, a student can get a master’s degree (LLM), which is completed along with writing of scientific work.
In Australia, many graduates of law schools trying to get permission to practice as a lawyer (attorney). To do this they must demonstrate special commission of high level of knowledge of the 11 special items, including criminal law, tort litigation, ownership, equity, law governing joint stock companies, administrative law, federal and constitutional law, civil procedure and witness. Therefore, the application of each law school included all of the items.
If you plan after graduation from law school to stay and work in the specialty, after basic training, you will have to undergo additional practical course, which lasts six months. In addition, you can continue studying in graduate school and get a scientific degree.
Documents, required for admission to a higher education establishment of Australia:
- Certified copy of foreign passport
- Certified translation of document on education (Bachelor Diploma, Master Diploma, Certificate on Secondary Education)
- Preparatory courses certificate (if necessary)
- Cover Letter
- Master’s or Doctoral thesis (if applicable)
- Foreign language certificate (usually IELTS 7.0)
Permission to perform professional activities
In order to practice law in Australia, you must obtain permission in the Supreme Court of the Australian state or territory, then the candidate is issued a license to the legal activity of