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Your pathway from high schooler to law student

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.

The Law Start workshop runs a number of times throughout the year so if you successfully complete the course and meet all eligibility requirements, you will receive an offer to study a Bachelor of Laws or a combined Law degree at Murdoch University.

Eligibility requirements

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

How to apply

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

  1. Apply for admission into a Bachelor of Laws or combined Law degree directly to Murdoch through our online admissions portal or apply through TISC and list the Bachelor of Laws or a combined Law degree as a preference. Take note of your TISC application number or Murdoch application number.
  2. Gather the below documentation:
    • completed Law Start cover sheet (below) – include your TISC or Murdoch 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.
  3. Email your application for the Law Start program to

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.

For more information, email us at