There are a variety of law schools in Sydney. We will introduce each of the law schools below. Entry requirements are for high-school leavers entering a Bachelor of Laws (LLB).
Sydney Law School (at the University of Sydney)
Sydney Law School is the oldest law school in New South Wales, established in 1890. It is regarded internationally as one of Australia’s top law schools and has produced many famous alumni including six prime-ministers and eighteen High Court Justices. The law school is located in Camperdown Sydney, minutes from the Sydney CBD.
Entry requirements: For 2018 entry, an ATAR of 99.5 was required. The university offers various alternative entry schemes such as schemes for financial disadvantage and the Future Leaders Scheme, allowing for entry with a lower ATAR: https://sydney.edu.au/study/admissions/admission-pathways.html
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The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)
One of the top law schools in Australia, the UNSW Law School was the second law school established in New South Wales, in 1971. Alumni include Federal Court and NSW Supreme Court judges, and Attorneys-General. The law school is located in Kensington, about six kilometres from the Sydney CBD. UNSW Law conducts seminar-style law classes (of around 30-40 students) as opposed to the usual law lectures and tutorials of other schools.
Entry requirements: Entry to UNSW Law is dependent on both ATAR and the exam marks from the UNSW Law Admission Test (LAT).
The UNSW LAT will be held on Tuesday 25 September in 2018, with registrations closing on 10 August. The LAT is a 2-hour written exam with two parts – analysing arguments, and writing your own arguments. You can sit the LAT in Year 11 and/or Year 12 (the higher score is used for selection). For more information visit the UNSW LAT website (includes a practice paper) and the LAT registration website.
UNSW suggests that you would need an ATAR of at least 95 for entry into UNSW law (some bonus points may apply). Your ATAR will then be combined with your LAT score.
Note: Both the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales require students to undertake a combined law degree (combining law with arts, commerce, science, engineering, or other available degrees).
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The University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
The law school was established in 1975 (then part of the NSW Institute of Technology). It is ranked 7th in the Australia by the QS Law Rankings. UTS is located within the the Sydney CBD.
Entry requirements: The UTS website says that the lowest selection rank for entry is an ATAR of 96.
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Macquarie Law School was established in 1972. It is located in Macquarie Park, 15 kilometres from the Sydney CBD.
Entry requirements: Macquarie Law School has a cut-off guide of 97 ATAR.
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Western Sydney University
Established in 1995. It is located at various campuses: Penrith, Campbelltown and Parramatta.
Entry requirements: ATAR cut-off of 96 for a combined law degree. A single law degree is not offered to high-school graduates.
Australian Catholic University (ACU)
ACU, located in North Sydney, offers combined law degrees to undergraduates, as well as a Bachelor of Laws (Pass and Honours). Graduates can study a Bachelor of Laws. ACU also has a campus in Melbourne.
Entry: Combined law degrees require an ATAR of 78. Bachelor of Laws (Pass and Honours) requires an ATAR of 80.
Notre Dame University
Established in 1869. It is located in the inner city of Sydney, in Broadway. Notre Dame Law School offers a Bachelor of Laws and combined law degrees.
Entry requirements: Entry to undergraduate law is based on various factors – HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 5 in English, a minimum average of Bands 5s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 80% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent). There is no ATAR cut-off, but you must fulfill the above requirements and be eligible for an ATAR (i.e. receive an ATAR score).
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