Law Start alternative entry course


Aiming to study law but don’t think you’ll qualify through the usual ATAR route? We do things differently at Murdoch because we know people’s circumstances aren’t a direct reflection of their ability to succeed.  

If you’re excelling in one or more ATAR subjects with a strong focus on essay writing and communication, our Law Start admission pathway could be for you. 

Course description

This pathway involves a one-day workshop, followed by a written assessment. The written assessment tests your skills and ability for studying law and is used as a basis for admission, instead of your overall ATAR score or selection rank.  

Law Start runs in December so if you successfully complete the course and meet all eligibility requirements, you could receive an offer to study Bachelor of Laws in the first round of TISC offers. 

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply for Law Start, you need to:   

  • complete one or more ATAR subjects with a strong focus on communication and essay writing skills. Examples of eligible subjects include English, English Literature, Modern History, Politics and Legal Studies.
  • receive at least 70% in one of your subjects in your most recent Year 12 report.
  • complete your WA Certificate of Education with satisfactory English language competency requirements for university entry.
  • choose law or a combined law degree as your first TISC preference.

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) 

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts  

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) 

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business 

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Communication 

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology 

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Global Security 

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Information Technology 

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science  

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

How to apply

Applications open July 1 for a Semester 1 commencement into the Bachelor of Laws. When applications open, you need to:  

  1. Apply through TISC and list Bachelor of Laws or a combined degree as your first preference. Take note of your TISC application number.
  2. Gather the below documentation:
  • completed Law Start cover sheet (include your TISC application number)
  • a personal statement up to 500 words outlining why you want to study law, your experience and personal achievements.
  • supporting documentation including:  
  • your Semester 2, Year 11 report
  • your Semester 1, Year 12 report
  • optional: a one-page document listing contributions you have made to your school community
  • optional: any certificate or prizes received in Years 10, 11 or 12. 

Next steps

If your application is successful, you will need to:  

  • participate in the mandatory workshop at Murdoch Law School.
  • successfully complete a written assessment at the end of the workshop.  

If you meet the above criteria, you could be joining us in Semester 1 as you embark on your journey as a free-thinking Murdoch Law student.  

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