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Admission Requirements


To be eligible for admission to study in the course, the applicants must meet at least one of the following conditions, and meet the English Language Requirement conditions outlined below:

Current School Leavers (Year 12 Students) 
  • Have completed the equivalent of the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) examination in Australia or New Zealand (1), achieving a level equivalent to an indicative ATAR score of 85. Or,
  • Have passed the International Baccalaureate examination with a result of 35 points or higher.
  • Non-School Leavers (Non - Year 12 Applicants) 
  • Have completed at least an AQF Diploma level program from an Australian university, TAFE College or any Registered Training Organisation. Or,
  • Have completed a tertiary preparation course from a qualified provider (2). Or,
  • Hold an undergraduate degree, equivalent or higher from a recognised tertiary education institution. Or,
  • Have completed a minimum of four units within a Bachelor’s Degree or within a qualification that is one AQF level above a Bachelor's Degree from any Australian university or equivalent. Or,
  • Have been admitted to candidature for a law degree in an Australian or New Zealand university. Or,
  • Hold a STAT test result of 149 or above (Multiple Choice and Written English components are required). Or,
  • Have an indicative Limited ATAR score of 85. Or,
  • Meet any of the International Examination standards (3). 
  • Alternative Entry Options

    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. Current School Leavers (Year 12 Students) can apply for up to 20 adjustment factor Points and Non-Year 12 applicants have different options that would allow them to still consider a career in law. Please see our Alternative Pathways page for more information.

    Due to our flexible entry approach, SCSL may organise an interview with an applicant in order to discover the student’s potential, abilities and drive to become a lawyer, which could determine entry to this program.

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    English Language Requirements

    All applicants with overseas qualifications applying for Bachelor of Laws at Sydney City School of Law need to provide evidence of English proficiency. They can do this by completing an approved language test and meeting a minimum qualification requirement. Check HERE for requirements.

    -New South Wales Higher School Certificate
    -ACT Year 12 Certificate
    -Queensland Senior Examination
    -South Australian Certificate of Education
    -Tasmanian Certificate of Education
    -Victorian Certificate of Education
    -Western Australian Year 12
    -New Zealand National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3

    -NSW TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate
    -UTS Foundation Studies,
    -UNSW - University Foundation Studies
    -UNSW – University Preparation Program
    -University of Sydney - Foundation Program
    -University of Newcastle – Foundation Studies Certificate and Open Foundation Course
    -University of Newcastle – Newstep and Yapug
    -University of Wollongong – STEP, Gateway and University Access Program
    -University of Wollongong – Foundation Studies and Senior Secondary Program
    -UWS – Macstart and Unistart
    -Australian National University – University Preparation Scheme
    -University of Canberra – UC-Connect and UC-Prep
    -Canberra Institute of Technology Pre-Tertiary Studies

    -Sydney City School of Law will accept and assess official translations of overseas qualifications from the following countries (see attachment: Recognised Secondary Qualifications (PDF).

    International Examinations* Standard Admission Criteria 
    GCE A Level 8
    SAT 1660
    Singapore A Level  16.5
    GAOKAO Above 70%
    * Other equivalent overseas qualifications may also be assessed