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Study Law in Australia 2023

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Basic monthly living cost

  • Rent in a shared flat

    725
  • Share of utilities

    47
  • Internet subscription

    53
  • Local transportation

    104

Sample lifestyle cost

  • Fast food combo

    9
  • Cinema ticket

    14
  • Pint of local beer

    5

About Australia

Australia, located in the southern hemisphere is a sophisticated and culturally diverse nation with a world-class education system. These qualities, combined with the fact that it's an English speaking country, make Australia an extremely popular destination for international students.

Most of the population lives along the south and east coasts. Australia is a highly developed country with the world’s fifth-highest per capita income. Major industries focus on Australia’s abundant natural resources, including agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, forestry, and minerals.

Australia's Legal System

Derived from British influence, Australia follow a common law system consisting of court-enforced statutes. Australian states and territories are governed by their own court systems with an overseeing federal body. Australia’s legal system is known for its maturity and rich history.

Study in Australia

The Australian Law Degree

Australian law schools confer the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and, in rarer cases, the Juris Doctor (JD). The LLB is a four year course of study, while the JD is a three year curriculum. Both degrees are recognized for the practice of law in Australia in addition to several other countries, as well. Nearly all of Australia’s law students pursue a second degree before or during their law studies. Australia also offers a range of LLM programs, which offer specialization options, and can ultimately yield a more comprehensive and international understanding of the law.

Australian law degrees typically complete or largely meet the requirements to practice law. A significant number of international students pursue Australian law degrees because of their high quality and internationally prized status. The degree to which your Australian degree will be recognized outside the country, however, varies according to country.

Law Education in Australia

Australia's law schools and law faculties in universities offer both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Each law institution has its own program of study, although many have a core curriculum including introduction to basic concepts, tort, criminal law, property law and several others. Students also select from a range of elective subjects, such as international law, jurisprudence, and comparative trade law. Most Australian jurisdictions mandate a period of additional study or practical training following the law degree.

All Australian law schools teach in English, and applicants must satisfy a language requirement in order to meet the proficiency expectation. The academic calendar begins in March and concludes in October.

Factors involved with choosing a law school include curriculum and reputation, as well as others, such as location, climate, size and international student demographics. The cost of law studies in Australia varies depending on the institution as well as the degree. Undergraduate studies range between $15,000 and $33,000 AUD; masters degrees range between $20,000 and $37,000 AUD and doctoral degrees can fall anywhere between $14,000 and $37,000 AUD.

Many law students go into law careers as either barristers or solicitors working in private practice or for the government. Others seek employment with large corporations ranging from preparing bank mortgages to negotiating commercial transactions. Public interest organizations, such as welfare and legal aid, also offer career paths to Australia’s law graduates.

A full third of Australian law degree recipients don't go on to practice law. Because of its focus on broad interdisciplinary skills, such as critical thinking and communications, the field of study is viewed as a foundation for a wide variety of of non-legal careers, including technology, business, journalism and more.

Visa Requirements

For all programs of study, you will need to apply for a subclass 500 student visa.

The Special Category visa (subclass 444) is for New Zealand nationals who wish to study in Australia.

What type of Visa do you need?

Visa name

Student Visa

Price and currency

AUD 560

The current fees in order to apply for a student visa are set to $560 AUD (~400 €). The price is always the same no matter the length of your studies. Please note that this price may vary depending on the location where you apply for your Student Visa (Australia or onshore).

Who can apply for the visa?

Anyone enrolling as an international student on a course lasting four months or more in Australia will need a student visa. In order to apply for an Australian student visa, you must have an unconditional offer of place at a university, have accepted that place in writing and paid the required tuition fee deposit. The program you choose must be between 12 and 52 weeks in order to be eligible for a student visa.

Where can you make the application?

Online system

This subclass 500 visa must be applied for using the online system.

Website:https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/

How to make the application?

Before applying for a visa, you will need to obtain a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) or a Letter of Offer confirming that you have been accepted into a course registered under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions of Courses (CRICOS).

When completing your online visa application form, you will need to provide evidence that you meet:

  1. Financial requirements - the amount you need to prove you have for living costs (separate from tuition and travel) is set at AU$19,830 (~US$15,170) for a year. Alternatively, you can show evidence that your spouse or parents are willing to support you and that they earn at least AU$60,000 (~US$45,850) a year.
  2. English proficiency requirement - If you’re not from an English-speaking country (and haven’t completed at least five years’ study in an English-speaking country) you’ll need to prove you can speak English to the required level with IELTS, TOEFL iBT, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, or Cambridge Advanced English (CAE).
  3. Health requirement - Some students may be asked to take a medical and/or a radiological check-up to show they are in good health (this applies, for example, to those who intend to train as a doctor, dentist or nurse). Except those from Belgium or Norway, all students are obliged to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
  4. Character requirements - Australian student visa requirements stipulate that you must be of good character to enter Australia. This includes a criminal record check.

Typically, students must submit the following:

  • Completed Australian student visa application form (157A)
  • Paid visa application fee – currently AU$550 (~US$420 in most cases
  • Copy of passport biodata page (some students may be asked to physically provide their passport)
  • Certificate of Enrolment or Letter of Offer
  • Evidence of sufficient funds
  • Evidence of health insurance cover
  • English proficiency test results
  • Criminal record check results
  • Four recent passport-sized photographs

After you have assembled and scanned your supporting documents, you’ll need to create an account and apply with the online ‘ImmiAccount’ application system: https://www.border.gov.au/immiaccount.

When should you apply?

You can only make an application for an Australian student visa after you have received a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from your chosen university.

Most visa applications take four weeks to process. The student visa duration depends on the program you choose. If you study in Australia for a course that is longer than 10 months and finishes at the end of an Australian academic year (usually mid-December) your visa will usually be valid until 15 March the following year. If your course is longer than 10 months and finishes in January to October, your visa will usually be valid for two months following the completion of your course.

You can renew your Student Visa as many times as you want, as long as you are enrolled in a course approved by CRICOS.

You can enter Australia on your student visa up to 90 days before your course starts. Within seven days of arrival, you must inform your education provider of your resident address, and also inform them within seven days if you change address.

Processing time

4 Weeks

Work opportunities

While on a student visa, you may work up to 40 hours per fortnight during term time, and full-time in the holidays. Work that is a formal, registered part of your course is not included in the limit. If you’re studying a master’s by research or a Ph.D. you do not have any work restrictions.

Hours per week

20

Why do you need this type of visa?

Your student visa application may be rejected, among other things, if you provide incorrect or incomplete documents, or if you do not meet the necessary financial, character, or health requirements.

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