Law School

Entry Requirements

 

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Standard Pathway

Applicants applying via the standard pathway must have:

  • a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
  • the equivalent of a UWA Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65 per cent; or
  • the equivalent of a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.5 (out of 7.0); and
  • a Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score of at least 150 from an LSAT test taken within 5 years prior to applying for admission.

Applications will be ranked based upon the GPA and LSAT score, weighted equally. Admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants who fall within the intake quota for that year.

*Direct Entry Pathway students are exempt from the LSAT requirement.

**Applications from PhD graduates are considered on a case-by-case basis.  PhD graduates should submit their applications as early as possible to enable the proper assessment of their applications. 

Alternative pathways


In addition to the standard admission pathway listed above, there are several alternative pathways available for entry into the Juris Doctor.

Indigenous Pathway

Entry requirements for the UWA JD via the Indigenous pathway:

  • a UWA assured entry pathway students with a completed bachelor's degree and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 (out of 7.0) or a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 60 per cent; or
  • Indigenous students who have completed the Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies with a Weighted Average Mark(WAM) of at least 65 per cent or
  • Indigenous graduates with a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualifications as recognised by UWA can also apply by completing the School of Indigenous Studies Law Admissions Test.

Admission for Indigenous applicants will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants who fall within the Indigenous student quota of 20 places per year.

Equity and Diversity pathway

To be considered for entry into the course via this pathway, an applicant must meet both the grounds for entry and the academic requirement for this pathway.

Grounds for Entry

  • held a protection, refugee or humanitarian visa within 7 years prior to applying for admission to this course; or
  • experienced significant personal, medical, social, educational, cultural or financial disadvantage or hardship, including any disadvantage or hardship resulting from an applicant's sexual orientation or gender identify;

Academic Requirements for Entry

  • a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualifications as recognised by UWA with the equivalent of a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.5 (out of 7.0) or a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65 per cent.  Applicants meeting this requirement do not require and LSAT score; or
  • a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualifications as recognised by UWA with the equivalent of a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 (out of 7.0) or a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 60 per cent and a Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score of at least 150 from an LSAT test taken within 5 years prior to applying for admission.

Admission under the Equity and Diversity pathway will be awarded in the first instance to applicants satisfying the Grounds for entry and the first of the Academic requirements listed above.  Any further places will then be allocated to the highest ranked remaining applicants. The student quota for this pathway is a maximum of 20 places per year.

Any applicant applying for the Equity and Diversity pathway on the ground of holding a protection, refugee or humanitarian visa must provide a certified copy of the relevant passport page verifying their visa.

If applying for any other reason, applicants must provide an impact statement explaining the hardship and how it affected their studies as well as any relevant documentation evidencing the hardship. 

If you would like to discuss your Equity and Diversity Applications, please contact the Law School Equity and Diversity Coordinator.

Transfer pathway

Students who have commenced a Juris Doctor at another institution may be eligible to apply for a transfer. To be considered for a transfer and applicant must have:

  • at a minimum completed the equivalent of a full semester of the UWA Juris Doctor at another Australian University;
  • achieved the equivalent of a UWA Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 60 per cent in that Juris Doctor course.