Canadians Interested in an LLB at The University of Notre Dame Australia

Are you a Canadian who would like to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB):

  1. Without needing to write the LSAT;
  2. While enjoying fantastic warm weather and several gorgeous beaches; and
  3. Spend less money on your tuition than many Canadian law schools?

If so, consider studying at The University of Notre Dame Australia.

About Notre Dame

At The University of Notre Dame Australia, students experience Australian life at a town university by the beach in Fremantle, near Perth in Western Australia, or in the lively uni-precinct in the heart of Sydney.

Notre Dame has established itself as a modern national Catholic university with its foundations firmly set in the esteemed Catholic Intellectual Traditions that have offered leadership in higher education for centuries.

Central to what makes Notre Dame unique is its focus on the personal development and nurturing of each student. At Notre Dame, you will be part of a connected community where academic staff know you by name and care about your education and growth.

International students are a welcomed part of the University's vibrant student community, where they experience the best of Australian life together with a practical education rated 5-Stars by graduates.

Fremantle Campus

Notre Dame's foundational campus is located in the historic West End of Fremantle. It operates in beautifully restored heritage buildings, dating back to the 1800s, which have produced a university of great character.


Beaches in the Perth area

The Fremantle Campus is within walking distance to the major tourist attractions of:

  • Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour
  • Bathers Beach
  • WA Maritime Museum
  • Fremantle Markets
  • The famous Cappuccino Strip
  • All major transport arteries, including train and bus.

Sydney Campus

Home to the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Sydney offers a rich and diverse range of activities and places to explore. Have a swim in the famous Bondi Beach; visit Circular Quay and dine at one of the many cafes and restaurants in the area; and take a day trip to the Blue Mountains and challenge your rock climbing skills.

Notre Dame's Sydney Campus is based across two sites – Broadway and Darlinghurst. Both sites are close to all major transport networks and popular eateries.

'Making a difference' in the Notre Dame Schools of Law

The Schools of Law offer a high quality ethical and practical legal education. Notre Dame's Law degrees aim to provide students with a thorough knowledge of the law coupled with the practical skills necessary for a career as a legal practitioner. Judges, senior barristers and leading solicitors from throughout Australia have provided input to ensure Notre Dame's Law curriculum is of a very high quality and relevant to today's legal profession.

The success of Notre Dame's Schools of Law is reflected by its graduates. In the Survive Law Australian Law Student Satisfaction Survey, graduates ranked Notre Dame #1 from all the law programs in Australia for teaching satisfaction.

With Notre Dame having a graduate employment rate of 85.6 per cent, nearly 10 percentage points higher than the Australian average, law students are well-skilled to enter their desired career.

Why a Notre Dame Law Degree Will Benefit you Back Home

The Canadian legal system (outside of Quebec) and the Australian legal system are very similar. They both use the common law which they inherited from England.

Upon your return to Canada, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada's National Committee on Accreditation will assess your degree, the courses that you have taken and your work history and prepare a report stating what subjects you will need to complete so that you can apply to a provincial or territorial law society to start the admissions process in Canada. After you complete the NCA's requirements, then the NCA will provide you with a Certificate of Qualification. The Certificate of Qualification is required to apply to a law society in a Canadian common law jurisdiction. For more information about the NCA, visit: http://www.flsc.ca/en/nca/

Some of our former Canadian students who completed an LLB with Notre Dame returned home and were required to write exams in the following four subjects in order to start their articled clerkship:

  1. Principles of Canadian Administrative Law;
  2. Canadian Constitutional Law;
  3. Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure; and
  4. Foundations of Canadian Law.

If you would like to read about one of our Canadian graduates who currently practices as a lawyer in Canada, read Ashley Jordana's profile: http://www.nd.edu.au/fremantle/schools/law/alumni.

Alternatively, you have the option to practice law in Australia. If you decide to practice in Australia, you will need to complete units with the College of Law (http://www.collaw.edu.au/) after you finish your LLB before being admitted to practice. If you have questions about being a Canadian who practices law in Australia, Marilyn Krawitz, marilyn.krawitz@nd.edu.au, would be happy to answer them.

If that isn't tempting enough, the Dean of the School of Law in Fremantle, Professor Doug Hodgson, and Marilyn Krawitz, Lecturer at the School of Law, are originally from Ontario, Canada. Feel free to enjoy doughnuts and discuss ice hockey with them during your breaks from studying.

Course Options

Four Year Law Degree

To be considered for admission into our four year Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree:

  • If you completed high school, but not any university study, then you must have achieved 80 per cent in your Canadian high school diploma to be considered for admission.
  • Alternatively, if you completed some university, you must have completed at least one year of an undergraduate degree course with at least a 65 per cent average or above average pass marks.

Three Year Law Degree

If you completed an undergraduate degree course with a 65 per cent average or above average pass marks, then you may be considered for admission to our three year LLB degree.

Notre Dame does not consider the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) in making its decision to offer admission to its three year or four year LLB degrees.

For information on the documents that you would need to complete to apply, please see page 16 of our international student prospectus:

International-Prospectus.

Tuition Fees

It currently costs AUD$18,568 per year in tuition fees to study law as an international student at either our Fremantle or Sydney Campuses (see International Fees and International Student Fees).

How to apply

  1. Contact the international office at your current university. If you're not currently studying, please contact the Admissions Office for more information:
    1. Fremantle Prospective Students Office (future@nd.edu.au)
    2. Sydney Prospective Students Office (sydney@nd.edu.au)
  2. In order to make your admissions process stress-free, please send through the following documents:
    1. A personal statement (approximately 300 words) outlining your personal qualities and motivation for applying to Notre Dame
    2. A certified copy of your most recent academic transcript
    3. A copy of your passport
    4. Proof of English language proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL) if English is not your first language
    5. Two references (school, employer, sporting coach or otherwise)

Important websites

More Information

If you would like more information about the exciting opportunity to study at The University of Notre Dame Australia, contact our Prospective Students Office:

Sydney - sydney@nd.edu.au
Fremantle - future@nd.edu.au