School of law

LAW START - Legal Ability & Aptitude Entrance Pathway

Achieving an ATAR or Selection Rank of 90 is not the only way to achieve your goal of studying Law.

LAW START is an admission pathway for academically capable students who wish to study Law at Murdoch University. The pathway is for students who have excelled at school in one or more ATAR subjects that have a strong focus on essay writing and communication skills. Your overall ATAR score or Selection Rank is not used as a basis for admission in this pathway.

To be considered for admission via this pathway you will need to nominate Law at Murdoch or one of the options below as your first preference through TISC.

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology
  • Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • And any other combined degree with the Bachelor of Laws
  • Provide evidence that demonstrates strong academic performance.

Candidates who present a strong academic application will:

  • Be invited to attend and participate in a mandatory workshop at the School of Law in either early December 2019 OR early February 2020 from 10am to 3pm;
  • Be required to successfully complete a written assessment to a high standard at the end of the workshop.

Successful candidates will receive a formal offer of a place in Murdoch Law during TISC first round offers providing:

  • Murdoch Law or Murdoch Law (combined) remains as first preference;
  • The candidate successfully completes the WA Certificate of Education and satisfies the English competency requirements for University entry; and
  • Successfully completes the LAW START workshop and assessment.

To be Eligible to Apply

  • You must have completed one or more ATAR subjects with a strong focus on communication and essay writing skills. Acceptable subjects will include but are not limited to English, English Literature, Modern History, Politics and Legal Studies;
  • You must have received at least 70% in one of your subjects in your most recent Year 12 report;
  • You are able and willing to attend and participate in a workshop at the School of Law on 7th December 2018 10am - 3pm and to complete a written assessment at the end of that workshop;
  • You have nominated Law or Law + (combined degree) at Murdoch University as your first TISC preference.

Applications must include:

  • LAW START –Ability and Aptitude Entrance Pathway - Cover sheet
  • A Personal Statement – maximum of 500 words outlining why you want to study Law and your experience and achievements that have prepared you for success in your future studies.
  • Supporting documentation - You must include:
    1. Your Semester 2 (end of year) Year 11 report and.
    2. Your year 12 mid-year (end of Semester 1) report.
    3. You may include a one-page document that lists contributions you have made to your school community.
    4. You may also choose to include copies of any certificates or prizes received in Years 10, 11 or 12.
  • TISC Application Number

Applications should be submitted or for further information please email

Applications are open from 6th July 2019 until 22nd November 2019