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 purpose of the A2JPrize is to generate discussion amongst law students and recent law graduates of current access to justice issues in Australia and to explore how lawyers from the commercial sector can respond through pro bono initiatives. The prize aims to generate innovative pro bono ideas, spur the interest of law students in pro bono and access to justice related themes and develop a pro bono culture amongst the next generation.

The prize is $2,000 plus a paid internship of up to 8 weeks in one of their branches: Brisbane, Melbourne, or Sydney. Apply by 5pm Friday 20 June 2017 by writing a 1000 word essay (or 5 minute video blog) suggcesting new and innovative ways that lawyers might help address unmet legal needs through pro bono practice.

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 deadline for submissions is late June.

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. Applications close in July.

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. Submissions close in July.

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. Applications usually close in June of each year.

$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.
Applications close 1 July 2017. Apply online here. For a step-by-step guide on how to apply, see here.

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 program commences in Semester 1 (Jan-June) 2018. 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 (interships) available). Promotional video.   PowerPoint slide presentation. Applications for this program close on 15 September 2017.

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. Applications usually close in September each year.

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. Applications usually open in March and August of each year. It is preferable for legal applicants to be in their final year of study and be enrolled or have completed Property Law. Summer 2017-2018 flyer. PDF icon Summer 2017-18 flyer (127.14 KB)

The scholarship is designed for students who have a long term passion for strengthening Australia's economic relationship with China through their business or cultural pursuits. A typical candidate will be in their final year of studies (or have recently graduated) and have undertaken China-focused work experience or academic studies. The scholarship includes return flights to China, job placements, language training, a stipend, accommodation support and more. Applications usually open in February each year and close in July.

For graduates of any discipline who wish to pursue advanced postgraduate study in the law relating to Strata Law or a related field. Applications usually close in October each year.

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, usually in early January each year.

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, The program runs 7 - 25 January 2018 (60 academic hours intensive program). Applications close 1 January 2018. Places are limited. Information sessions held in Perth 31/8, Melbourne 11/9 and Sydney 14/9. PDF icon Flyer for info nights (2.16 MB)   PDF icon Promotional brochure (6.77 MB) PDF icon Syllabus outline (236.58 KB)

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. Applications usually close at the end of May each 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 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. Applications close 24 September 2017. Upon successful completion of the scholarship, an honorarium of $1,800 is paid. PDF icon Flyer (224.05 KB) PDF icon Application Kit. (297.35 KB)

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. Applications open in April and close in September each year.

The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation and the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trust (UK) offer postgraduate scholarships in law for tenure at a university in the United Kingdom. Applications usually close in August each year.

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. Applications usually close each September.

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)

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