International JD students | Law

International JD students

The international reputation of UNSW Law attracts students from more than 100 different countries, with over half of our student body speaking two or more languages.

Our JD students are even more diverse. They are different ages, from different professions with different educational backgrounds. And many are international students as well.

Despite all these differences, our students say that the sense of community at UNSW Law is one of the best parts of their experience. We hope that you’ll get to experience it first-hand too.

Read on to learn about the types of academic and social support UNSW Law offers international students.

Academic Support

Legal Writing in Context is designed to develop your  legal writing, legal research and oral presentation skills and is offered in your first year of the JD. Taught by academic staff from the Law School and the Learning Centre, the course focuses on the fundamentals to give you a good foundation for the rest of your studies. Unlike other elective subjects, you can take Legal Writing in Context at the beginning of your program. If you are from a non-Common Law country, this specialised elective will help you gain the skills needed to study and practice law in Australia.

A recommended progression plan for International Students studying full-time in 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: UNSW is moving to a new academic calendar model from 2019. The new academic calendar is called UNSW3+. The new calendar will consist of three normal terms, each with ten weeks teaching, and an optional five-week summer term.
This will offer enhanced flexibility and options for students to spread their study load across three terms. Visit for more information.

Peer Tutoring

The Peer Tutor Program is available to Law dual degree students and JD students in their first year of Law School. The aim of the program is to develop students' understanding of legal concepts and skills needed for the study of Law. The program is available free of charge to any student who needs it, and students for whom English is a second language are encouraged to join the program as soon as classes begin.

Social Life

The King & Wood Mallesons JD Impact Program is a peer mentoring program designed to help new students adjust to university life and the Law School. The JD Impact Program aims to introduce newcomers to the vibrant student culture and inclusive environment of the Law School.

The Downunder Lunch is another opportunity for international students to meet each other and experience Australian culture up-close. Held annually in Term 1, the lunch features 'aussie' themed food, fun and usually a surprise or two.

Have a look at some of the photos or video of previous Downunder Lunches here.

Advanced Standing

The UNSW JD is open to an international applicant who has completed, or is about to complete, a Bachelor's degree in any discipline. Those who have a degree in law from a different legal system may also apply for the UNSW JD. You may be eligible for advanced standing. Please refer to the UNSW Law School Information Sheet for Students with a Law Degree from overseas wishing to practise in Australia.

International applicants may improve their chance of entry by providing an LSAT result in addition to their academic grades.

Talk to the UNSW International Office about studying at UNSW Law.