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Law FAQs

Why study law?

Why study at Sydney City School of Law (SCSL)?

What is the SCSL approach to legal education?

Is the SCSL and its Bachelor of Laws (LLB) accredited?

What is the course structure?

How long will it take to complete the LLB and can I fast track?

How large will my classes be?

What are the academic requirements for admission?

How can I apply?

Are there any bonus points available?

Are there any scholarships available?

What if I am an international student?

How do I become admitted as a Solicitor once I successfully complete my SCSL LLB degree?

What are the career prospects for a Law graduate?

How much does it cost?

What about FEE-HELP?

What facilities, services and resources are available to students?

Is there a Sydney City School of Law Alumni?

Are there any Postgraduate law opportunities?

Are there any short courses for non-lawyers?

Who do I contact to learn more about the Sydney City School of Law?

How can I arrange a visit to the Sydney City School of Law?

Where is the campus located and how do I get there?


Why study law?

While the motivation for studying law will vary among different people, there are many reasons why the study of law is and remains so popular. As one of the original faculties in the world’s first universities, law is one of the oldest and noblest traditions. Law prepares one for success in almost all areas of life. This is demonstrated by the fact that over 50% of law students plan to use their degree in roles other than the traditional practice of law as a solicitor or barrister. The skills gained in the study of law will equip you for a career in government, business, a range of organisational and professional fields, and many jobs yet to be invented. As society becomes increasingly inter-connected, the skills gained in a law degree, such as written communication, oral advocacy, negotiation and investigation, are more valuable than ever. Indeed, the very future of our species is likely to depend on our ability to use law to resolve our differences, and to use for good purpose that which we have the intelligence to devise but not always the wisdom to control.


Why study at Sydney City School of Law?

1.     Nationally accredited: our program is recognised by TEQSA and the NSW LPAB, following the accreditation standards of all Australian law schools.

2.     Outstanding teaching team, passionate about law and committed to students: highly experienced faculty dedicated to developing a program focused on the best outcomes for students.

3.     Small class sizes: high-level of engagement between professors and students. This guarantees a personalised experience and greater access to the support required to reach your full potential.

4.     Unique curriculum: a focus on International Law, Commerce and Technology.

5.     Highest professional standards: helping students to develop the skills required of a 21st century lawyer working in a wide range of settings, from law practice to business, government and technology.

6.     Work integrated learning - Internship opportunities: located in the Australian Technology Park (ATP) with opportunities for valuable internships. Don’t just learn about the theory of a start-up; learn by being part of one.

7.     State of the art facilities and technology: SCSL has plans to develop a Smart Campus, offering a highly connected and 21st Century Information Age environment fostering lifelong learning.

8.     Opportunity to be a pioneer and builder of institutions: play a part in helping us create a special law program and creating a legacy, rather than being forced to fit into a 19th century model. Don’t be a captive of someone else’s history; help us make history by creating a program with a real and positive difference.

9.     International linkages: students will benefit from the opportunity of an international experience through the School’s linkages, particularly to Asia, the region of greatest future growth in the global economy.

10.  Study in Sydney—One of the world’s great cities: Sydney is one of the world’s greatest and most beautiful cities. Located in the heart of Sydney with easy access to the campus by bus or train, the ATP fosters a professional atmosphere amongst prestigious and innovative businesses, as well as access to a range of cafes, restaurants, public spaces, basketball and tennis courts, and other amenities. 


    What is the SCSL approach to legal education?

    Law studies at SCSL are based upon a three-fold philosophy:

    • Student-Centred: In contrast to traditional models of legal education that are often ‘of the faculty, by the faculty and for the faculty’, our model is to focus on student outcomes, requiring faculty and staff to work together to achieve a positive and successful student experience.
    • Professionally Focused: We are committed to upholding the highest professional and ethical standards and inculcating these standards in our students and within our organisational culture. Ours is not a ‘theoretical’ degree, but one that seeks to unite the best of legal theory and practice in its many contexts.
    • Future Oriented: SCSL’s curriculum offerings are focused on areas that are vital to society’s future: International Law, Commercial Law, Technology and the Law, and Sustainability.


      Is the SCSL and its Bachelor of Laws (LLB) accredited?

      It is important for students to know that the law degree they receive is fully accredited, both by the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) and by the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB). An accredited law degree puts students on the path to eventually become admitted as a Solicitor or Barrister once they fulfil the necessary requirements, such as Practical Legal Training, following their completion of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree.


      What is the course structure?

      The SCSL LLB is a 4-year course, made up of 32 units. To be eligible for professional practice students must complete 16 core units. These core units include the ‘Priestly 11’:

        The additional 5 core units include:

          The remaining 16 units of the LLB are electives of the student’s choice, including:

          The Chinese Legal System Cyber Law Financial Services Law Sports Law Competition Law 
          Taxation Law Health Law Refugee Law and Practice Anti-Discrimination Child Welfare Law
          Environmental Law Labour Law Supervised Research Project World Trade Organisation Law Disabled People's Rights and the Law
          Public International Law Commercial Dispute Resolution Chinese Commercial Law Comparative Asian Corporate Law Media and Communications Law
          Banking Law International Commercial Arbitration Investment Law in South East Asia Human Rights Law Family Law

          The standard 4 years of study are structured as follows:

          Year 1
          7 core units
          1 elective business unit
          Total: 48 credit points

          Year 2
          6 core units
          2 law electives
          Total: 48 credit points

          Year 3
          2 core units
          6 law electives
          Total: 48 credit points

          Year 4
          1 core unit
          5 law electives +2 Business/Accounting options or
          7 law electives
          Total: 48 credit points

           


          How long will it take to complete the LLB and can I fast track?

          The standard duration of the LLB is 4 years, assuming 2 full semesters of 4 units each year. Students can fast track their degree by enrolling in the Summer Semester, the 3rd trimester in the year, which may reduce their study duration to 3 years.
          Students that are granted Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may have a shorter duration due to a decreased number of required units. The SCSL’s policy on RPL can be found HERE.


          How large will my classes be?

          The student number for the entering class of 2016 is estimated at approximately 50. The SCSL will work to ensure that small class sizes are maintained regardless of the overall student intake, with a maximum of 25-30 students for each class. This is to ensure a high level of student engagement and participation.


          What are the academic requirements for admission?

          To be considered for a place on the SCSL LLB, you must meet the minimum academic entry requirements, as well as the English Language Requirement conditions. Further information about these requirements is located on our Admission Requirements page HERE


          How can I apply?

          To apply for admission to the Sydney City School of Law, you need to follow the following four-step process:

          Step 1: Documentation

            Step 2: Submission

              Step 3: Interview

                Step 4: Acceptance

                  Further details of this process can be found HERE.


                  Are there any bonus points available?

                  Yes. Up to 20 bonus points are available through our Bonus Points Scheme, based on student achievement in certain secondary school subjects or if the student is located in a regional area. The reason for the bonus point structure is that we recognise that an ATAR score is but one indicator of ability to undertake successfully the study of law. The bonus points reflect diverse pathways that provide additional evidence of aptitude and experience that point to the capacity to succeed in legal studies. Further details about the Bonus Point Scheme are located HERE.


                  Are there any scholarships available?

                  Yes, there are a number of scholarships and awards available to LLB students. Detailed information about each of these scholarships can be located HERE.


                  What if I am an international student?

                  International students are welcome at SCSL as we pride ourselves on a diverse staff and student body as well as an international outlook in our teaching and curriculum. International students must meet standard entry requirements as follows:

                  •IELTS score of 6.5 with no sub band score less than 6.0 (or its equivalent);
                  • Gained qualification(s) outside Australia equivalent to an Advanced Diploma under the AQF; or
                  • Passed the Tertiary Preparation Certificate with a credit or higher average in an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
                  • Passed the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) with a grade of 160 points or above; or
                  • Passed the Pathway Study Program in TOP or a recognised Australian tertiary institution with a credit or higher average score; or
                  • Passed the TOP Law Foundation Program for international students with at least a credit average.


                  What if I do not meet the standard entry requirements?

                  Where an applicant does not meet the above standard criteria, he or she may be considered for admission under the Sydney City School of Law (SCSL) Alternative Entry criteria. School Leavers can apply for up to 20 bonus points, and Non-School Leavers have different options that would allow them to still consider a career in law.
                  Due to our flexible entry approach, SCSL organises interviews with each applicant in order to discover the student’s potential, abilities and drive to become a lawyer, which could determine entry to this program.
                  *Please click hHERE for details on all Alternative Entry options.
                  If you have any queries about a specific qualification you can contact us at admission@top.edu.au.


                  How do I become admitted as a Solicitor once I successfully complete my SCSL LLB degree?

                  Your SCSL LLB will equip you with the key skills and ability to pursue a career as a practicing solicitor. Once you have completed the LLB, you need to complete the following steps:

                  1.Practical Legal Training (PLT) in another Institute
                  2.Admission by the LPAB to practice subject to an application for a Certificate of Admission and attendance at Supreme Court of NSW Admission Ceremony and application for Practicing Certificate
                  3.Solicitor with restricted license (work for 2 years under supervision)
                  4.Solicitor with unrestricted practicing certificate

                  Once a solicitor, law graduates from the SCSL may choose to pursue a career as a barrister. To do so, you must:

                  1.Sit the bar exams set by the Bar Council, passing all three subjects in the exam program, achieving 75% or above in each subject and being issued with a Bar Practice Certificate
                  2.Complete the Bar practice course and reading with an experienced Barrister for a minimum of one year
                  3.Barrister with practicing certificate


                  What are the career prospects for a Law graduate?

                  Your degree from the SCSL will put you on the path to admission to practice law in Australia. Depending upon the country involved, it may also form the basis of a qualification leading to practice in foreign jurisdictions. 

                  Legal practice can take many forms from working as a solicitor or barrister to positions in government, court administration, business and much more. One of the most empowering aspects of a law degree is its horizontal mobility, i.e. the wide range of possible careers for which a law qualification is an advantage.

                  Graduate Careers Australia (GradStats report), regarding bachelor degree graduates and their employment paths, found that three months after competing their degrees:

                    Further information on graduate career prospects is available on our Careers Support page HERE.

                    What are some examples of careers that a law graduate might pursue?
                    A law degree, and the skills developed throughout this degree, can give you entry into a number of possible careers. Some examples of these include:

                     

                    Business Legal Government/Politics
                    Law firm recruiter Contract negotiator Public policy advisor
                    Loan officer Contract manager Mayor (local government)
                    Human resources specialist Law publishing author Premier or MP
                    CEO Compliance manager President/Prime Minister
                    Mediator Grant writer Lobbyist
                    International sales Fraud regulator Foreign service diplomat
                    Sports agent Risk assessor Government agency staff attorney
                     Franchise owner Courthouse staff  Entertainment/Creative
                    Public relations E-discovery Specialist Novelist/Screen play writer
                    Office manager Legislative analyst Motivational speaker
                    Mergers and acquisitions Labour union manager/organiser Magazine editor
                    Social entrepreneur Bank/Building Society trust officer Journalist
                    Strategy and operations Law enforcement officer Speech writer
                    Commercial/Residential real estate sales Corrections officer Crime reporter
                    Real estate developer Court administrator Talk show host
                    Company secretary   Television Personality
                    Corporate communications   Law blogger

                     

                    Finance Education Human Rights
                    Venture capitalist Law school professor Non-profit
                    Stock broker Law school career counsellor UN Ambassador
                    CFO Law school Dean Children's rights advocate
                    Financial analyst School principal  
                    Futures and options specialist Law librarian  
                    Investment banker Teach online  


                    How much does it cost?

                    Standard fees for domestic students are as follows:

                     

                    Per Unit  Per (Standard 4 Unit) Semester Per (Standard 2 Semester) Year
                     $1,500 $6,000 $12,000

                    Standard fees for international students are as follows:

                     

                    Per Unit  Per (Standard 4 Unit) Semester Per (Standard 2 Semester) Year
                    $2,500 $10,000 $20,000 


                    What about FEE-HELP?

                    FEE-HELP is available for domestic students. To apply for FEE-HELP, you will need to complete the FEE-HELP assistance form and include it with your application. FEE-HELP application forms and information booklets are available from the SCSL on request. If you have any questions about financial support offered by the Sydney City School of Law, please feel free to contact admissions or student support at any time, via admission@top.edu.au or calling (02) 9209 4888. 


                    What facilities, services and resources are available to students?

                    The Law Library

                    Library3

                    Just as a scientist has a laboratory, so too, a lawyer or legal researcher has the law library. In the 21st Century this library is largely digital, including a huge range of free resources, such as that created by the Australian Legal Information Institute (AUSLII). Digital resources are easy to access both on and off campus, and as the materials are in electronic form you can ensure that it is complete and up to date. SCSL provides students with some of the world’s leading digital legal resources, including:

                    HeinOnline: containing full text search of approximately 2000 law journal titles encompassing more than a million pages of text.
                    Lexis-Nexus Australia and WestLaw: two of the most widely used legal databases, providing access to legal cases, statutes and much more.

                    SCSL students will receive detailed instruction on the use of these and other legal research materials during orientation and with the continued support of Library and administrative staff.

                    In addition, the SCSL will arrange for each of our law students to have community borrower membership to the University of Sydney Library system. Buses run five days a week to The University of Sydney from the SCSL Campus, for students that want to study in one of the Southern Hemisphere’s best libraries.

                    Student Support

                    The SCSL offers a ‘student-centred’ approach to legal education. This means that all faculty and staff work closely together to focus on the best possible learning and development outcomes for students. Services include help with English Language skills, research skills, early and regular feedback on assignments, as well as multiple opportunities to engage with academic staff both inside and outside the classroom. For further information, please refer to our Support Services page HERE.

                    We have professional study and workspaces, including our Moot Court, library facilities, and modern classrooms. Student’s study is supported by the Moodle system, one of the leading higher education systems in the world, as well as fast, comprehensive wireless coverage and a fully equipped computer lab.

                    We also appreciate the importance of recreational opportunities as a part of life. Students will have access to basketball and tennis courts, and, as part of the ATP, enjoy the spacious 14-hectare campus and Vice-Chancellor’s oval with barbecue and picnic facilities. The ATP is located a short distance from the Sydney CBD, and students can take advantage of everything the city has to offer. For more information, you can access What’s On in Sydney.

                    Student safety is a priority of the SCSL. The ATP has 24-hour security, with security stationed throughout the grounds and all members of security trained in first-aid. Students can request that security accompanies them to their car, off-campus or to the train station if needed. Furthermore, the park is situated adjacent to the Redfern Police Station and close to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the largest hospital in the Sydney Local Health District. During orientation, students are provided with all relevant contact details for security, police and local hospitals and GPs. 

                    Moot Court

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                    One of the most important teaching spaces for legal education is a dedicated Moot Court. Here students can get on their feet and experience a real-life courtroom atmosphere as they learn and demonstrate the vital skills of legal research, analysis, and written and oral advocacy. Students receive expert coaching and a guiding hand as they learn to perform under pressure. 

                    Work Integrated Learning, Internships and the SCSL’s Professional Focus

                    One of the most exciting aspects of the SCSL is its location in the ATP, a network of approximately 100 21st Century organisations that include high-tech start-ups, software companies, consulting firms, human resources specialists, telecommunications authorities such as NICTA, and modern communications companies such as Channel 7 and NEP. SCSL is part of a multi-professional community from which students may learn first-hand about how law relates to business, government and professional and general life.
                    One of the first actions of the SCSL was to appoint a Director of the Internship Program. The Director is tasked with working with the Dean and others to develop partnerships through which our students may serve as short-term or long-term interns and thus learn valuable skills in a diversity of workplaces. Through professional internships, TOP students apply their academic training and further develop teamwork and leadership skills and capabilities. The SCSL curriculum integrates classroom learning together with interaction with practising industry specialists and leaders, and business placement opportunities, to create a holistic practical and theoretical learning experience.
                    Our lecturers and senior academic management have extensive practical experience in a range of careers and are an invaluable resource for students to gain a better understanding of the possible practical applications of their law degrees. The student support team is also on hand to guide students through the use of careers resources and tools, and support staff can assist students in developing effective and high-quality resumes, cover letters, responses to selection criteria and interview skills.

                    Our Smart Campus

                    To prepare for and ensure its future success, as well as enhance existing enrolment, teaching, research and community service goals, TOP plans to develop and implement a Smart Campus concept for each of its programs.

                    A Smart Campus is not just about technology. The focus is instead on the total educational experience of the student, and the model of TOP and the SCSL as a learning and knowledge-based organisation, preparing students for 21st Century professional and global careers. We seek to equip all students with a solid, comprehensive knowledge base on which they can receive advanced, systematic training in their respective disciplines, and are encouraged to exercise individual freedom of intellectual thought and curiosity.

                    The educational values and mission underpinning the Smart Campus concept include the following:

                    1.Student Centred: Putting student experience and outcomes at the centre of our practice. All academic, administrative and support staff are focused on working together to enhance student outcomes.
                    2.Professionalism: Seeking to promote the highest professional standards and expecting our students to do the same.
                    3.Technology: As a tool to drive better learning outcomes. A focus on evidenced-based and continuing improvement of outcomes for our students, by constant monitoring, assessing and charting our progress and making adjustments in order to improve.
                    4.Global/International/Multi-Lingual: A global, comparative outlook aimed at adopting best practice from around the world and creating best practice internally. We aim to be connected at all levels, within our schools, the Australian Technology Park, and the local community, as well as regionally, nationally and internationally.
                    5.Collaborative/Networked: Using technology, people, process and system, and maintaining strong connections with other key players.
                    6.Technology-enriched: Leveraging technology to achieve our mission, goals and vision.
                    7.Business models/Process: Focus on good execution; knowing that vision without effective execution is hallucination.
                    8.Sustainability: A spatial and technological environment that is conscious of sustainable and efficient use of resources.
                    9.Built-in feedback loops: Ongoing research on our own model and documenting results using analytics, and a commitment to continuous improvement in everything we do.
                    10.Resilient, flexible, adaptable: Change is embraced as a necessary part of learning and development, individually and as an institution of higher learning.
                    11.E-Leadership: In the 21st Century, organisations are flatter and collaboration is key. As Don Tapscott noted: “Collaboration is important not just because it's a better way to learn. The spirit of collaboration is penetrating every institution and all of our lives. So learning to collaborate is part of equipping yourself for effectiveness, problem-solving, innovation and life-long learning in an ever-changing networked economy.”
                    12.Knowledge management: We are a knowledge-based organisation and know that creating, nurturing and managing our knowledge is at the core of what we do.


                    Is there a Sydney City School of Law Alumni?

                    Our first major intake of LLB students took place in March 2016, however, even at this early stage we are designing the infrastructure for an active alumni program that will ensure that SCSL graduates will have access to a network of significant ex-graduates and teachers that will continue to add value to students long after they graduate and throughout their entire lives.


                    Are there any Postgraduate law opportunities?

                    SCSL has designed and received accreditation for a Master of Laws program. Start date to be confirmed soon.


                    Are there any short courses for non-lawyers?

                    The study of law is relevant to nearly all professions and careers. Increasingly, most people are finding that they will have to deal with laws, standards, regulations and other forms of compliance in their professional and personal lives. For this reason, SCSL plans to develop short law courses that meet the needs of lawyers and non-lawyers alike


                    Who do I contact to learn more about the Sydney City School of Law?

                    Please contact the school at any time on (02) 9209 4888 or via admission@top.edu.au


                    How can I arrange a visit to the Sydney City School of Law?

                    The SCSL welcomes visits from students, parents, careers advisors, teachers, and all other interested parties. You can arrange a visit by contacting admission@top.edu.au. In your visit, you may have the opportunity to meet the Dean, Professor Eugene Clark, or the Deputy Principal (Academic) Professor Sam Blay, as well as student support staff and teachers. Your visit will include a campus tour and the opportunity to have any questions you may have about the course or your enrollment answered by trained staff.

                    In addition, you can contact us to arrange a visit to your secondary school or college. To do this, please contact admission@top.edu.au, and a member of staff will help you arrange a visit from our representatives.


                    Where is the campus located and how do I get there?

                    Campus Map_HQThe Sydney City School of Law is located in the Australian Technology Park in the heart of Sydney city. It is connected to the Redfern train station, one 5-minute stop away from Central station. The Park borders the suburbs of Redfern and Eveleigh, and can also be reached by bus, car, and walking.

                    The administration office is located at Suite 1, Biomedical Building, 1 Central Ave, Australian Technology Park, EVELEIGH, NSW, 2015 Australia

                    Please click HERE to download the campus map.