School of law

LAW START - Legal Ability & Aptitude Entrance Pathway


Standard entry into Law at Murdoch is on the basis of ATAR 90, but that is not the only way to achieve your goal of studying Law.

is an entry 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 is not used as a basis for admission in this pathway.

To be considered for admission via this pathway you will need to have already submitted an application through TISC.

Candidates who present a strong academic application will:

  • Be invited to attend and participate in a mandatory workshop at the School of Law on the 19th January 2018.
  • 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:

  • The candidate successfully completes the WA Certificate of Education and satisfies the English competency requirements for University entry and
  • Successfully complete 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 not limited to English, English Literature, Modern History, Politics and Legal Studies.
  • You must have received at least 70% in one of these 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 in early December and to complete a written assessment at the end of that workshop.

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 ahve 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.
    5. If you are not completing Year 12 in 2017, you must provide a CV (maximum two pages).
  • TISC Application Number

Applications should be submitted or for further information please email

Applications are open until the 12th January 2018