Legal Profession Support Package

Legal Profession Support Package

FAQs for Scholarship Applicants

1. When can I apply?

Applications open Monday, 1 June 2020 and close Friday, 3 July 2020.

2. Can I apply if I am eligible for Fee-Help?

Yes, you are eligible to apply even if you can access Fee-Help.

3. What is the difference between the programs for which each of the scholarships apply?

The ALP Scholarship is most suited to you if you are a practising lawyer looking to develop an in-depth knowledge of the substantive law and practice. There are a range of subjects in the following streams: Family Law, Family Dispute Resolution Practice, Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution, In-house Practice, Wills & Estates, Estate Planning, Government and Public Sector Law, Property Law, Business Law and Transactions, Legal Practice and Innovation, and ASEAN Cross-border Legal Practice.

The LBM Scholarship is most suited to you if you manage a legal business or want to gain the knowledge and tools to adapt to disruptive forces and take on legal industry challenges. The subjects are focused on the business of law in the areas of Building Trusted Client Relationships, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Operational Excellence, Finance and Accounting, Aligning People, Leading Self and Teams and Business Strategy.

4. I am currently enrolled in a College award program - am I eligible for a scholarship?

If you are currently enrolled in the Applied Law Program (ALP) and you meet the criteria for the scholarship you may apply to have the scholarship applied to two additional subjects in your ALP degree, even if you have passed the Graduate Certificate stage. However, if you only have one subject left to complete the Masters, the scholarship will only apply to that one subject.

If you are currently enrolled in the Masters of Legal Business, Graduate Diploma in Legal Business and you meet the criteria for a scholarship you may apply to have the scholarship applied to four subjects in your masters or graduate diploma degree. If you are currently enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Legal Business or the Graduate Certificate in Legal Operations, the scholarship will apply to your remaining subjects.

5. What subjects can I take in the ALP Scholarship?

The scholarship can be applied to any subjects within the Applied Law Programs, including the ASEAN Cross-border Practice Program. Any two subjects will enable you to graduate with a Graduate Certificate.

If you think you may like to continue studying after the scholarship and moved into a more specialised area, we recommend that the two subjects you choose will lead you to another award.

You can find out more about what is required for the various Graduate Diplomas we have and the requirements for the LLM here.

If you are interested in this option, we recommend that you send an email to scholarships@collaw.edu.au to book a Calendy appointment with an Enrolment Officer who can help you decide which subjects will suit your requirements best.

6. When do I start and how long do I have to complete a Scholarship?

You must start your first subject within the next two intakes in the year that the scholarship is awarded. You have 12 months from the start of your first subject to complete the ALP Scholarship or LBM Scholarship.

The ALP Graduate Certificate is any two subjects. If you are not working, on reduced hours or otherwise have capacity, you can take two subjects in one intake. Each subject requires about 10 hours of personal study time per week. We have over 70 subjects available each intake, so if you cannot complete two subjects at once then you can complete the Graduate Certificate in two intakes. If you enrol in consecutive intakes, you will complete in less than 6 months.

The Graduate Certificate in Legal Business is four subjects. If you are not working, on reduced hours or otherwise have capacity, you can take two subjects in one intake. Each subject requires about 10 hours of personal study time per week. If you can complete two subjects at once then you can complete the Graduate Certificate in 6 months. If you enrol in consecutive intakes, you will complete in 12 months. The Graduate Certificate in Legal Operations is four subjects, two core subjects (which run in consecutive intakes) and any two electives. You can complete this Graduate Certificate in 12 months or less if you take two elective subjects at once.

7. What is the time commitment involved?

Each ALP intake runs for 12 weeks. Each MLB intake runs for 6 weeks. You should allow 8-10 hours study per week.

8. What happens if I cannot start in August?

If you receive a scholarship but cannot start in the August 2020 intake, you may start in the following intake, which is in November 2020 for the ALP Scholarship and goes over the Christmas/New Year period and October 2020 for the LBM Scholarship.

9. Will anyone know I am on a scholarship?

It is entirely up to you whether you promote that you are the recipient of a scholarship. The College will never disclose any personal or academic information about anyone enrolled in any of our programs. Your personal details and scholarship offer are kept confidential.

Once you are enrolled in a subject, neither the lecturer or any student will know that you have received a scholarship, unless you disclose it.

If we wish to make any announcement about the award of scholarships, we would not mention scholarship recipient names, unless you had given your express permission.

10. How much weight is given to each of the criteria?

The Legal Profession Support Package is designed to support those in our profession negatively affected by COVID. Financial impact will be given the most weight, but we also recognise that there are non-financial impacts. These may include hardship associated with increased caring responsibilities, health impacts on family members, foregone opportunities such as lost leave

We want to support those in need, so we encourage you to make an application even if you do not feel you meet the 30% threshold but still have a need.

11. When will I find out that I have been awarded a scholarship?

The Selection Committee will meet the week after applications close on 3 July 2020 to review all scholarship applications. You will be notified on Monday 13 July 2020 via email of the outcome of your application.

12. What happens after I am awarded a scholarship?

Once you receive confirmation that you have been successful, you will be asked to book a meeting time with an Enrolment Officer to discuss what is required next. They will help you choose subjects and will take you through the enrolment process.

Once enrolled, you will receive a confirmation of enrolment which will have details about how to access the subject(s) that you have enrolled in and general information about starting in the program. After this, you will complete the subject in the same way as everyone else.

13. What happens if I lodge a scholarship application without all of the required information?

If you lodge a scholarship application without all of the required information we will contact you via email to let you know what is outstanding. If you have not provided the information within the time requested your application will be withdrawn. You should not lodge a scholarship application until all of the required information and supporting documentation can be provided.

14. I am a New Zealand citizen/permanent resident who resides in New Zealand – am I eligible to apply?

Yes you can apply. Our programs are taught online so that you can study from abroad.