Indigenous Australian students who have completed an undergraduate law degree – and are now seeking to undertake professional legal training for admission to practice – have been invited to apply for the ANU Legal Workshop’s Indigenous Student Scholarship Scheme.
The scheme, which covers a student’s tuition fees for the duration of the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP), is offered in partnership by the ANU Legal Workshop and National Centre for Indigenous Studies.
Two scholarships are offered, with applications for this year’s scheme closing Friday 26 September.
Co-ordinator of the Indigenous Student Scholarship Scheme, Associate Professor Tony Foley, said the program was an important part of increasing the number of Indigenous Australians practicing law.
“The ANU Legal Workshop places a significant emphasis on supporting Indigenous students throughout their legal education journey, including providing assistance for law graduates to complete further training, such as the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
“Through the Indigenous Student Scholarship Scheme, our hope is that more young Indigenous Australians are given the opportunity to make the most of their undergraduate degree by gaining the additional qualifications required to be admitted as a lawyer.
Dr Foley said the Indigenous Student Scholarship Scheme was open to any Indigenous Australian student who had completed their Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or equivalent at the ANU or other Australian university.
In addition, Dr Foley said applicants needed to demonstrate how the scholarship would assist their personal and professional development, with the selection committee also taking the applicant’s academic record, achievements, and personal circumstances into account.