External scholarships

External scholarships, awards, prizes and competitions for law students

A number of external organisations (private and public) offer recognition and financial support for law students in the form of awards, prizes and scholarship opportunities in Australia and overseas.

Awards and competitions

The Governor-General’s Undergraduate Essay Competition is Australia’s most prestigious civics essay competition. It is open to Australian undergraduate students (including LLB, JD and Honours students) studying in all faculties at universities across Australia and includes questions that are related to law, politics and other contemporary issues facing Australia.

The total prize money each year is in excess of $10,000 in cash prizes to the winning authors of 2,500 word essays. Every year the Competition is judged by a panel of distinguished individuals including a High Court Justice and prominent academics.

The Attorney-General's Department funds this $2,500 prize to recognise the achievements of Indigenous Australians working or studying in the legal arena. ANU Law's Sara Wood won the prize in 2014. Nominations are open to any Indigenous person enrolled in an undergraduate law degree in Australia, and selection is based mostly on academic merit with consideration for community involvement and future aspirations.

Lawyers Weekly presents the annual Australian Law Awards, which include a category for Law Student of the Year, recognising the academic, community and legal achievements of undergraduates. Nominees must be current law students or students who have graduated in the year of the awards.

International mooting competitions are a great opportunity to get some practice in this fine skill, and perhaps earn some recognition and prize money along the way.

External scholarships and internships

The University of Aberdeen School of Law offers two to five fee bursaries each year, for LLM and PhD research projects in fields where the University can offer supervision.

$3,000 New Colombo Plan mobility grants are available to undergraduate students wishing to spend Summer 2018 studying in Indonesia on ACICIS Study Indonesia’s Law Professional Practicum (LPP).

LPP gives students a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience working in Indonesia’s legal industry. Students attend two weeks of academic tuition, including Indonesian language classes and a series of seminars and fieldtrips, prior to undertaking a four-week supervised practicum placement (internship) in an Indonesian legal workplace environment.  Academic credit toward your ANU degree is available to participants undertaking ACICIS’ Law Professional Practicum.

Taught in English, this program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of Indonesian business, law and society at regional and global levels, as seen from an Indonesian perspective, while developing necessary critical skills to enter their respective fields.

The consortium has a large number of New Columbo Plan (NCP) mobility grants available to support students to undertake ACICIS programs in Indonesia. Receive academic credit towards your degree. Professional placements (internships) available).

The Anne Wexler Scholarship aims to grow Australian-American educational linkages by awarding an Australian graduate a scholarship to complete a full US Masters in Public Policy.

The Aurora Internship Program introduces law students and graduates to career opportunities in native title, land rights, policy development, research and social justice, all with an Indigenous focus.

The Aurora Internship Program co-ordinates internships for students and graduates in Law. There are two intakes annually during the summer and winter university breaks, for four to six weeks. It is preferable for legal applicants to be in their final year of study and be enrolled or have completed Property Law. 

Aimed at junior career practitioners, one scholarship each year to the value of $5,000, offered by the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Applicants must submit a 10,000 word paper on a competition law topic.

The Gouldson Legal Scholarship aims to assist those currently studying law with a project aimed at helping law students mental health with a $3,000 scholarship. Applicants must be studying law full time in Australia, be an Australian citizen/permanent resident/or have work rights for Australia. Applications need to include information about your passions and why you are choosing to study law, what you are looking for in your ideal job once you have finished studying, what this scholarship would mean to you and ways students can look after their mental health while studying and practicing law.

The Mishpatim Seminar on Israeli law aims to provide Australian students with an overview of the contemporary Israeli legal system, while enabling them to explore the major challenges it has grappled with in recent years. Accreditation available for JD and LLM students - this is a semester Study Abroad (credit-bearing) opportunity. Financial assistance is also available from the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University.

Trinity College School of Law, Dublin, Ireland offers a scholarship each year for their LLM that covers the cost of full tuition for an academic year.

A number of Australian and overseas postgraduate scholarships are awarded annually by the Trustees of the Lionel Murphy Foundation. The number of Lionel Murphy Postgraduate Scholarships awarded each year, and the method of payment, is determined by the Trustees in their absolute discretion.

The Menzies Foundation aspires to raise the profile of ‘outstanding’ leadership for Australia by encouraging Australians to reflect on leadership, build their own leadership capability and take leadership roles in the community.

To support this initiative the Menzies Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of the Ninian Stephen Menzies Law Program. Each 3 years, on a rolling basis, the Foundation will identify a key legal challenge and seek partners to build a leadership capability platform to support Australia’s capacity to address this issue.

The PLSRS is open to postgraduate students and gives them the opportunity to work alongside specialist researchers in the Parliamentary Library in Canberra for a period of six weeks (January-February to produce a report on a topic of relevance to the Library’s research program.

Upon successful completion of the scholarship, an honorarium of $1,800 is paid.

The Schwarzman Scholars program is a prestigious scholarship program which funds successful applicants to undertake a one-year Masters in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University, China, that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future.

The Sydney Criminal Lawyers (‘SCL’) Criminal Law Scholarship was established to encourage and support New South Wales and ACT law students who excel in criminal law and are passionate about pursuing a career in criminal defence. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit – especially in criminal law-related subjects – their resume, covering letter and possibly an interview with the firm’s principal. A Practical Legal Training placement with SCL may be offered to the successful nominee. The Scholarship is valued at $5,000 as a one-off payment which is payable upon the selection of the successful nominee.

The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate award supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford. Each year, there are nine scholarships available in Australia. To be eligible to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, candidates must be Australian citizens, be aged between 18 and 25 years by 1 October and must have completed (or expect to complete in the current year) their degree with first class honours.

The United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals is a court of the United Nations established in 2010 to carry out a number of essential functions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“ICTR”) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”), after the completion of their respective mandates. Both Chambers and the President’s Office of the Mechanism offer internships to graduate law students and undergraduate law students who are in their final stages of education, seeking to enhance their professional training in the unique and dynamic environment of an international tribunal. The duration of a Mechanism internship must be at least three months to a maximum of six months according to the needs of the intern’s assigned section. Please note that neither the United Nations nor the Mechanism offers remuneration for an internship. PDF icon Call for applications (156.5 KB)

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team