New merit-based scholarships | Law

New merit-based scholarships

Say yes to a scholarship that breaks down barriers

Equal opportunities for socio-economically disadvantaged students

At UNSW Law, we believe that the opportunity to study law should be based on merit, not merely the ability to pay tuition fees. However, the reality is that in the absence of financial assistance, many students cannot even contemplate undertaking a law degree. Tuition for a five year undergraduate degree in law costs between $33,000 (Arts/Law) and $47,125 (Commerce/Law). Social Work/Law, Engineering Law and International Studies/Law, which take longer to complete, cost even more.

While tuition costs can be deferred via the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS), doing so leaves a substantial debt at graduation with flow-on effects for further professional development. Study-related expenses such as books and a laptop, as well as general living expenses, cannot be deferred.

Getting the most out of a UNSW Law degree requires sustained, dedicated study across the length of the course. However, this is often not possible for law students who are without parental or other financial support and who need to spend a large portion of each week earning money to meet the basic costs of attending university: $5,000+ per year for those living at home, and more than $15,000 per year for those living independently.

A scholarship that contributes towards some of the basic costs of living enables more of our bright, talented young students to make it to UNSW Law, and truly strive to reach their full potential, regardless of their background or personal circumstances.

Certain of our donors offer a scholarship with a general requirement to demonstrate academic merit and financial need. Alternatively, you may prefer to assist a particular type of student; for example, a student from a rural or regional high school, a student living at one of our UNSW colleges, or a student who achieved admission to UNSW Law through the Educational Access Schemes (EAS). Students who gain admission through EAS have suffered long-term educational disadvantage (disrupted schooling, home environment, English language difficulty), and thus receive assistance either through allocation of adjustment factors (previously known as bonus points), or receiving a university placement reserved for EAS students.

Equal opportunities for female students

More than half of the students studying law across Australia are female, yet gender equality remains a challenge in law where these numbers are not sustained in working life.

New merit-based scholarships


New merit-based scholarships

Be part of the solution to this inequality. A scholarship for a high-performing female student enables one of our top students to focus on her studies and to take part in other study-related experiences, including internships, exchanges and clinics. A well-rounded graduate with better grades and skills, and a greater level of self-confidence and self-belief, is a higher performing legal professional. A scholarship equips a young woman with strong foundations for becoming a leader in the law.

As well, as part of the scholarship, consider offering the recipient student one or more mentor relationships with women lawyers from your firm. These relationships would ideally commence at the start of the student’s law degree, and continue into the first years of her working life. A female mentor would provide a strong role model, as well as a source of advice and guidance from an experienced female professional. A mentor could also assist a newly-graduated lawyer in negotiating the challenges of a new workplace, and developing the skills needed to transition from student to working lawyer, and to plant strong roots from which she can grow.

A scholarship that meets the major costs of a law degree, and includes the additional benefit of professional guidance, will enable a young woman to make the most of the UNSW Law experience, whilst equipping her with the best possible building blocks to become a leader in the law.

Equal opportunities for Indigenous students

New merit-based scholarships

At UNSW Law, we are committed to Indigenous education, and have focused our efforts on the rapid expansion of our support and outreach programs for our Indigenous law students. We believe that the opportunity to study at UNSW Law can unlock doors for these students, particularly for those who wish to use it to champion social justice and initiate meaningful change.

A scholarship that provides a stipend for an Indigenous student relieves the day-to-day pressure associated with being in a new environment, with new people and coping with a full-time study load. It means less time spent in a casual job earning money to pay for basic expenses, and more time to be put towards study and enjoying university life.

If you are a law firm or other law-related business, you may want to consider sponsoring a scholarship that includes a cadetship at your organisation. Cadetships provide the scholarship recipient with insight into law-in-the-workplace, whilst providing excellent recruitment opportunities for your business.


New merit-based scholarships

More information

For more information, or to discuss sponsoring a scholarship, contact Jordana Wong, Development Manager, UNSW Law.