Inaugural Australian Academy of Law First Nations Scholarship 2021


The Australian Academy of Law offers for the first time the Australian Academy of Law First Nations Scholarship tenable in 2021 for a First Nations final year law student* studying for the LLB or JD or combined Law degree at any Australian law school, or the Diploma in Law through the NSW Law Extension Committee (LEC).

The amount of the award is $5000 for one year only.

The successful applicant may, additionally, have the opportunity of being mentored for up to a year by an AAL Fellow.

The winner will be announced by the end of April 2021.

The award cannot be deferred to a later year.

Applications based on the Selection Criteria below are through nominations by the respective Law Deans to the AAL Secretariat by the closing date. Each Law Dean may nominate one Final Year First Nations law student.

Interested applicants should contact their respective Law Deans to seek to be nominated. They must provide their academic transcripts, CVs, Personal Statements of no more than 500 words and a list of their existing sources of financial sponsorship (if any).

The closing date for nominations to reach the AAL Secretariat is 15 March 2021 at 5pm (AEDT).

*A “final year law student” means a person who will complete the LLB or JD or combined Law degree, or the LEC Diploma in Law, by April 2022.

Selection Criteria

1.      Academic ability and likelihood of success;
2.      Not normally in receipt of any other substantial scholarship or award;
3.      Proposed career path upon graduation.


Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview in April 2021 with the Selection Panel.

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