Getting into Law School
There are a number of different pathways into undergraduate and postgraduate study at the Adelaide Law School, including as a high-school leaver, transferring from another degree at the University of Adelaide or another university, via TAFE or as a non-school leaver.
The Adelaide Law School also offers high achieving school leavers a place in the Bachelor of Laws program through the Adelaide Law School Achievement Program. See below for more information and entry requirements.
- From high school
There are no prerequisites for the Bachelor of Laws, but if your School offers a legal studies subject, it’s a great way to find out if the law interests you and get a taste for what your study might be like.
We recommend you attend the University’s Open Day, Change of Preference evening and other Uni events so you understand how to complete your preferences. If you really want to be part of the Adelaide Law School, make sure you put the University of Adelaide Bachelor of Laws as your first preference (SATAC Code: 324251 - Single Degree, 324111 - Double Degree).
Worried about your ATAR?
Applicants who do not receive an offer for a place in the Bachelor of Laws might also like to consider applying for another degree and then apply for an internal transfer at the end of your first year. Students usually need just above a Credit average to transfer. You can choose to continue on to complete the double degree, concurrent degree or transfer to the single degree.
Adelaide Law School Achievement Program
The University of Adelaide will accept a student for the B.Laws program under the Adelaide Law School Achievement pathway based on the student achieving the top Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) in the year 2016 cohort from their school who has a Law preference.
To be eligible for acceptance under this pathway students must:
- be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand citizens
- qualify for their South Australian Certificate of Education, or the International Baccalaureate, at a nominated South Australian School in 2016
- be commencing post secondary studies for the first time in 2017
- from their school must obtain the highest ranking ATAR in the year 2016 (cohort) of the students who have nominated a Law program in their SATAC preferences as at early January 2017 (SATAC change of preference deadline)
- where a nominated student's ATAR is below 80 and they are eligible for entry into a University of Adelaide non-law degree e.g. Bachelor of Arts, they may be offered a place in that degree. If the student achieves a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 at the end of their first year they are assured a place in the following year's Bachelor of Laws intake.
- have Law at the University of Adelaide listed in their SATAC preferences in early January 2017 (SATAC main January round preference changes)
Achievement Program Frequently Asked Questions
The Adelaide Law School Achievement Program is a program offering assured entry for the highest achieving Year 12 student from EACH South Australian secondary school to study either a Bachelor of Laws or a Bachelor of Law (double degree) at the University of Adelaide.
The Adelaide Law School Achievement Program commenced in 2012 with offers being made to students nominated by their school as the student who had achieved the highest ATAR of their cohort. As a result of feedback the selection criteria has changed for entry from 2013 to be the student with the highest ranking ATAR of those students with a Law preference.
Yes - All schools whose students receive an ATAR, are eligible to nominate a student. This includes area and special schools.
The University aims to encourage more young people who may not have had the opportunity, or preparation, to consider university study. Research has shown that students who come from different backgrounds are just as likely to succeed as other students who may have had intensive preparation for university. Academic outcomes are generally comparable by the time they complete their degrees.
A Law degree offers students the opportunity to work in a broad range of careers in any industry. The Adelaide Law School allows our students the flexibility to incorporate a number of experiences within their degree such as internships, International Exchanges and Clinical Legal Education that allows our students to maximise these opportunities.
Students will apply for entry following the normal SATAC policies and procedures. The SATAC system has been programmed with the selection criteria above to accept student who are eligible for entry under this pathway.
The minimum ATAR score is 80.
If the top student achieves an ATAR score lower than 80 they could elect to be made an offer from a range of non-law degrees e.g. Bachelor of Arts.
Students achieving a Grade Point Average of 4.5 or better in their first year will be assured a place in the following year's Bachelor of Laws intake.
Yes – International Baccalureate students will be eligible dependent on their equivalent ATAR.
Students entering under this pathway will enrol following the same procedures as all other students. Information about enrolment will be sent out to the student before the commencement of Semester 1, 2017.
Yes – refer Degree Finder for the full range of double degree possibilities. Please note that if a student wishes to undertake a double degree, they must also meet any subject prerequisite requirements of the ‘other’ degree program.
No. This is an entirely separate cohort of students and does not affect the quota for those applying through the standard SATAC process.
Yes – students wishing to defer can defer through the normal SATAC deferral process.What support services are available for students once they commence Law at the University of Adelaide?
The progress of students entering under this pathway will be monitored to ensure that they are coping with their studies and transition to University. Where necessary students will be contacted and referred to the appropriate support services.
Students can elect to be paired with a mentor for academic and social support.
A number of study workshops are available to all students and the High Achiever pathway students will be notified to ensure they make the most of the support opportunities available to them.
Both students, if eligible can be made an offer.What if one of our high achieving students is really interested in undertaking Law but our top achieving student wishes to study an alternative?
In 2012 only the student with the highest ATAR or IB equivalent was eligible to be nominated. After feedback from schools it was agreed that from 2013, the student with the highest ATAR from each school from the students with a law preference included in their SATAC application be eligible for an offer.
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To be eligible for acceptance under this pathway students must:
- Be Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia, or New Zealand citizens
- Qualify for their South Australian Certificate of Education, or the International Baccalaureate, at a nominated South Australian School in 2015
- Be commencing post secondary studies for the first time in 2016
- Must obtain the highest ranking ATAR in the year 2015 (cohort) of the students who have nominated a Law program in their SATAC preferences as at 4 January 2016 (SATAC change of preference deadline)
- Where a nominated student's ATAR is below 80 and they are eligible for entry into a University of Adelaide non-law degree (e.g. Bachelor of Arts), they may be offered a place in that degree. If the student achieves a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 at the end of their first year they are assured a place in the following year's Bachelor of Laws intake.
- Have Law at the University of Adelaide listed in their SATAC preferences on Monday 4 January 2016 (SATAC main January round preference changes).
- From another university
Each year we miss out on accepting a lot of great students, however it is possible for you to transfer from another institution.
If you’ve been studying a Bachelor of Laws at another institution but still want to attend the Adelaide Law School, we can perform an assessment for you on your previous studies even before you apply with us.
There are lots of reasons why people transfer degrees and institutions - most commonly you really wanted to attend the University of Adelaide but didn’t get in; or you started your degree elsewhere and discovered it wasn't right for you. You may also get credit for your previously unrelated studies if you do a double degree at Adelaide.
To transfer you need approximately a credit average overall * taking into account all your subjects studied. If you have been studying a Law degree, we can look at the courses you have studied and check if those are compatible. If you have not been studying anything to do with Law, you may not receive any credit for your previous studies for your Law degree. We recommend you speak to one of our program advisors.
* Best GPA is taken into consideration if you have started multiple degrees
“Undergoing an Internal Transfer from my Music Degree into a Law Degree was seamless. You can explain your individual circumstance and those overseeing the process really acknowledge that. Staff pointed me in the right direction and any queries I had were answered quickly.” Yen Yen Stender, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Laws.
- From TAFE
TAFE can be an excellent pathway to entering law school. If you've completed a TAFE qualification you may be eligible for credit towards your law degree at the Adelaide Law School.
You must meet the cut off score (around a credit average or above) to get in, but we can discuss your TAFE results with you and see where you’re at.
“After completing my studies at TAFE I was thrilled to gain a place in the Bachelor of Laws degree. The move to University from TAFE can be intimidating as teaching and learning styles are different to my experience, however I found many systems of help for new (and current) students, which was hugely beneficial. The UniStep program, Writing Centre, Counselling Services and staff are so willing to offer extra help, making it a great transition from TAFE.” Simone Cureton, Bachelor of Laws.
TAFE SA Credits TAFE SA Qualification Law School Program Units of Credit Diploma of Legal Services Bachelor of Laws 6 Advanced Diploma of Policing Bachelor of Laws 6
- As an indigenous student
The Adelaide Law School offers a direct entry pathway for Indigenous students via the Certificate IV in Legal Services (Port Augusta campus).
If you are an Indigenous student studying with us at the Adelaide Law School, you are provided with support through Wirltu Yarlu and the Law School Indigenous Liaison Officer. The Indigenous Liaison Officer provides customised program advice, tutoring program and general support.Wirltu Yarlu is responsible for:
- Administering the Aboriginal Access Scheme
- Delivery of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander University Preparatory program
- Overseeing the Indigenous Employment Strategy
- Providing support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff in the University collaboratively with Yaitya Purruna Indigenous Health Unit.
- As a university graduate
If you have completed a non-law degree and are looking for a career change or a new direction in law, you can apply to enter the Adelaide Law School using your cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) from your previous degree. Graduates with first class honours or PhD holders will be granted automatic entry. You will still need to apply via SATAC.
If you are undertaking a Bachelor of Laws as a graduate student, you will only have to complete three years of full-time study as opposed to four years for non-graduates.
- As a non-school leaver
If you haven't completed a degree at university you can take the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). The STAT is a two-hour, multiple-choice test designed to assess a range of skills and knowledge needed to study with us. Your STAT result will determine your eligibility for entry. For more information about this pathway visit the University's STAT Entry page.
- As an international student
Are you an international student interested in studying law at Adelaide? Meet the Director for Internationalisation and International Students in the Adelaide Law School, and find out how we can help you in your studies. Information on how you can apply to the Adelaide Law School is available on the International Students page.
- As a Canadian student
Want to study law but just missed out on a place in Canada? You can study at a top ranked law school in Australia.
If you are considering studying Law, don't limit your options. Consider the great opportunities to broaden your education internationally. You have the chance to pursue your law studies at the Adelaide Law School at The University of Adelaide, which is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide.
The Adelaide Law School offers a seamless route from your high school to the practice of law in Canada. Studying law in Australia is similar to Canada because of our shared Common Law heritage. The Australian Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is equivalent to the Canadian JD. In Australia, however, you can study a Bachelor of Laws directly after high school or after undergraduate university studies. You don't need an undergraduate degree to get into Law School, although if you already have an undergraduate degree the duration of your law degree will be reduced to three years full time as opposed to four years for non graduates.
Click here for more infomation on the Law Undergraduate Scholarships available to Canadian students.
- As an overseas practitioner
Overseas Practitioner Applicants for Admission to the Supreme Court of South Australia
Compliance with Rule 4 of the Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council (LPEAC) Rules 2004. Click here for information on Admission.
Legal practitioners with overseas qualifications which are recognised by the Board of Examiners who are required to study a limited number of subject areas in order to complete the Court's requirements for admission may use either option listed below or a combination:
a) complete the relevant course or courses in the LLB program, as a Non Award student
b) pass an Overseas Practitioners Examination
- Involves attendance at classes, either lectures and tutorials or small groups, throughout the relevant academic period and satisfactorily completion of the assessments required for the course concerned. The timetable for each course can be searched via Course Planner. Persons who satisfactorily complete degree courses as Non Award students are able to obtain a formal academic record to that effect from the University of Adelaide for presentation to the Supreme Court
- Overseas residents wishing to undertake this option requiring a student visa should contact the University's International Student Centre as to the application requirements. Applicants should note that student visas are only available for full time study in Australia (12 units/semester amounts to a full time course of study)
- Reading will be prescribed by the Adelaide Law School
- As materials and examinations can change from year to year, if your materials are more than 12 months old, you will need to purchase the updated version before sitting your examination
- A materials fee of $30 (including GST) per course will be charged before any materials/readings supplied except for Property (Torrens Title)
- Examination in the relevant course area or areas will be arranged several times a year, depending on applications
- Formal instruction will not be available though it may be possible to attend degree course lectures with the lecturer's consent. However, attendance to tutorials and seminars is not available
- It may also be possible to arrange private tutoring with recent graduates or senior undergraduates. Applicants would be responsible for payment for private tutoring. Course coordinators are not to be contacted for tutoring sessions
- Examination will be comparable in coverage and difficulty with examinations held for the relevant degree course or courses, to ensure that the required 'basic understanding and competence' is adequately demonstrated
- Persons who pass an Overseas Practitioners Examination are able to obtain certification to this effect from the School of Law for presentation to the Supreme Court
- You can become a Community borrower of the University of Adelaide libraries for an annual fee. To sign up check the library website
All fees are subject to change and should be confirmed at the time of choosing your option.
- Overseas residents (International students) and Permanent Residents of Australia, please refer to the Course Planner for current fees.
If you require assistance, please contact the Adelaide Law School:
Ph: +61 (8) 8313 5063
- Overseas residents the fee to sit the exam is $1,300 per 3 unit course / $2,600 per 6 unit course
- Permanent residents cost of an examination is $1,178 per 3 unit course / $2,356 per 6 unit course
- The cost of sitting the Property (Torrens Title) only exam is $550
Persons who fail the Overseas Practitioners Examination and elect to resit it will be charged 50% of the original fee, providing the subsequent examination is undertaken within 6 months. Persons who fail the second exam will be required to wait an additional 6 months before attempting the examination again which will be at full cost. If unsuccessful on the fourth attempt, the option of examination will no longer be available and enrolment into the course will be required to complete the area of knowledge.
Courses available for Overseas PractitionersPriestley areas of knowledgeCourse equivalents at University of Adelaide Law School Criminal Law and Procedure Criminal Law and Procedure (6 units) Torts
Law of Torts 1 (3 units) and
Law of Torts 2 (3 units)
Contracts Contracts (6 units) Property Property Law (6 units) or
Property (Torrens Title)
Equity Equity (3 untis) Company Law Corporate Law (6 units) Administrative Law Administrative Law (3 units) and
Principles of Public Law* (3 units)
Federal and State Constitutional Law Australian Constitutional Law (3 units) and
Principles of Public Law* (3 units)
Civil Procedure Dispute Resolution and Ethics (6 units) Evidence Evidence and Proof in Theory and Practice (6 units) Ethics and Professional Responsibility Dispute Resolution and Ethics (6 units)
* NOTE: students are only required to complete Principles of Public Law once
Should you have any questions or wish to undertake any of these courses as part of your application for admission to the Supreme Court please contact the Adelaide Law School on the phone number provided above.
- As a law graduate
You can participate in postgraduate study at Adelaide regardless of the institution (in Australia or abroad) you completed your undergraduate law studies at. You need to apply through SATAC Grad-Start, and must have a credit average GPA to be admitted into Masters study. We accept Masters applications throughout the year, and you can commence study in Summer, Winter, Semester 1 and 2.
- As a non-law graduate
If you have completed a non-law degree, you may apply for entry into a Graduate Diploma, Certificate or Masters of Business Law. You must have a credit average GPA and intakes are restricted to Semester 1 and 2 due to the requirement to complete an introductory course Introduction to Business Law which is a co/pre-requisite for all other courses and taught intensively at the beginning of each Semester.
- As an international student
If you are an international graduate applying to study a postgraduate course at the Adelaide Law School, you will need to make an application through the International Office.
Applicants with the exception of overseas qualified lawyers who wish to practice law in Australia are welcome to make an application through the International Office.
- Higher Degree by Research
The Adelaide Law School offers research degrees at both the masters and doctorate levels: the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and the Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD). Both of which can be undertaken on a full-time or half-time basis.
A full list of possible supervisors is provided in the Research Expertise Directory.
If you are interested in joining the Adelaide Law School's vibrant research community as a higher degree research student, please contact us.