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Scholarship details

2023 - Practical Legal Training Scholarships

Status: Closed

Applications open: 18/10/2022
Applications close: 9/12/2022

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About this scholarship

Please note that the closing date has been extended to 9 December 2022.

The Legal Training Scholarships support and encourage law graduates to pursue their practical legal training at Curtin University. There are four scholarships for future and current students who enrol into the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Curtin in 2023:

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Practical Legal Training Scholarship
  2. Academic Excellence Practical Legal Training Scholarship
  3. John Curtin Law Clinic – Service Excellence Scholarship
  4. Social Justice Practical Legal Training Scholarship


Depending on your answers, you may be eligible for one or more scholarship categories.

  • Current Students
  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Postgraduate coursework
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student
  • Merit Based

Each scholarship will cover the cost of student tuition fees (excluding the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)), which will be paid directly to the student’s fee account.

Scholarship Details

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

All scholarships require students to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Completed or almost completed a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor at an Australian university.
  • Be enrolled (or accepted for enrolment) in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Curtin.
  • Commence the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2023 at Curtin.
  • Deferral is not permitted.


Additional requirements for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Practical Legal Training Scholarship:

  • Be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.


Additional requirements for the Academic Excellence Practical Legal Training Scholarship:

  • Achieved a course weighted average of 75 or higher for their Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor course.


Additional requirements for the John Curtin Law Clinic – Service Excellence Scholarship:

  • Enrolled and successfully completed the option unit, Legal Clinic (LAWS3005) as a part of their Bachelor of Laws.

Application process

Step 1: Access online application form

  • Applications are to be submitted using the online application form. Access the form by clicking on the ‘Apply Online’ button on the top right-hand side of this page

Step 2: Complete

  • Complete the application form online
  • Application form can be saved at any point of the process
  • Multiple scholarships can be applied for at one time
  • Tips on how to complete your application can be found under the Applying for scholarships link on the scholarships website

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date is listed at the top of the page
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed
  • Once submitted, application status will change to submitted

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt will be sent to the email address provided when you created your Curtin account, once your application has been submitted

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Enrolment into an eligible degree at Curtin University in 2023
    • Responses to questions in application form
    • Two academic references
    • Demonstrated academic potential

Note: Willingness of candidates to participate in promotion and marketing of the Curtin PLT will be viewed favourably

Step 6: Outcome

  • Outcome will be sent via the email address by late December 2022 (all successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified)

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants (including those who wish to defer their studies) must return acceptance documents by 31 January 2023
  • Deferral of this scholarship is permitted (details included in scholarship terms and conditions)

Please note:

  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient merit
  • Scholarship will commence from first semester of study
  • Scholarship is not transferable to another university

Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must meet ALL of the following:

  • Remain enrolled in initial course of study
  • Maintain a full time study load of at least 25 credit points each study period at Curtin University
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) of at least 50 each study period
  • Pass all units attempted each study period


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Further Information


For advice on your Centrelink payments and how your scholarship could affect your payment please see Department of Human Services or contact a Centrelink Office.  If you require a letter about your scholarship for Centrelink, please contact the Scholarships Office. 


Generally scholarship money paid to full-time students is not treated as taxable income, however if your study load is less than 75 credits (part-time) your scholarship money is not tax exempt. Other than the full-time study requirement, the general rule is that scholarships are exempt from taxation unless:

  • It is a condition of the scholarship that a recipient is required to undertake activities that are of use, help or benefit to the scholarship provider - then the student is rendering a service by agreeing to undertake those activities;
  • An award is received by a student where the scholarship is not provided principally for educational purposes.
  • During or upon completion of the degree for which the scholarship is awarded a recipient is required to become, or shall continue to be, an employee of the funding body; or

The Australian Tax Office has a tool to help you determine if your scholarship is taxable.  For expert advice please contact the Australian Taxation Office or your accountant when completing your annual Tax Return.  If a letter regarding your scholarship is required for taxation purposes, please contact the Scholarships Office.

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