Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Current students

Study area

Law and justice

Eligibility criteria

Struggling financially


Australian only

Application dates

Applications open
5 February 2021
Applications close
8 March 2021

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a scholarship valued at approximately $10,000, paid over a number of semesters (usually 8 semesters).

The scholarship is paid in instalments after the census date of each semester, directly into your bank account.

You may also receive other benefits, such as:

  • a professional and/or academic mentor
  • a laptop
  • networking opportunities
  • textbook loans.


You must be:

  • a full-time or part-time first-year law student
  • experiencing financial hardship
  • undertaking our Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree or a double degree incorporating the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or humanitarian visa holder. New Zealand citizens must be permanent residents of Australia to be eligible.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application form. You'll need to set up an account and log in as a first step - this will allow you to save your responses and come back to them later.
  2. Make sure you answer all the questions fully to demonstrate your need for the scholarship. You may need to save the form and come back with additional details or documents as you go.
  3. Upload supporting documents with your application. Be prepared to provide documentation such as confirmation of Centrelink benefits, bank statements, rental leases, and other papers that demonstrate why you should be considered for a scholarship. These documents will need to be certified by a Justice of the Peace.
  4. Complete all of the questions, check the terms and conditions, and submit your application. You'll receive an automated email confirming that we've received your application.

This is a very competitive application round, so give yourself the best chance by answering fully and clearly, and supporting your statements with documentary proof. We treat all applications confidentially.

Late applications won't be accepted.

What happens next?

We'll confirm by email that we've received your application. After the closing date, our selection panel will review the eligible applications and shortlist a number of applicants.

  • If you're shortlisted, we'll contact you by phone, then confirm the interview details by email.
  • If you are not shortlisted, we'll notify you by email as soon as possible.
  • If your application is unsuccessful after an interview, we'll notify you by phone and email.
  • If you're successful in being awarded a scholarship, we'll notify you by phone, then email you with further details.


You can:

  • apply if you hold another scholarship.

You must:

  • remain enrolled for the duration of the scholarship. If you withdraw from your law course, your scholarship will be discontinued.

About the scholarship

For many students, the financial and social burden that they face daily makes it difficult to undertake university study.

The Law Founders' Scholarship was established in 1997 through the generous support of the legal community, staff and Faculty of Law Alumni donors.

The purpose of the scholarship is to offer financial support to disadvantaged law students so that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Since its inception, this scholarship has assisted many students, a number of whom have established successful professional careers after graduation.

Contact us

Faculty of Law - Scholarships and Prizes

3138 4632
Int. phone
+61 7 3138 4632


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