FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
University of Adelaide
Adelaide Law School Achievement Program
The University of Adelaide will accept a student for the B.Laws program under the Adelaide Law School Achievement pathway based on the student achieving the top Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) in the year 2013/14 cohort from their school who has a Law preference.
To be eligible for acceptance under this pathway students must:
- be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand citizens
- qualify for their South Australian Certificate of Education, or the International Baccalaureate, at a nominated South Australian School in 2013
- be commencing post secondary studies for the first time in 2014
- from their school must obtain the highest ranking ATAR in the year 2013/14 (cohort) of the students who have nominated a Law program in their SATAC preferences as at 6 January 2014 (SATAC change of preference deadline)
- where a nominated student's ATAR is below 80 and they are eligible for entry into a University of Adelaide non-law degree e.g. Bachelor of Arts, they may be offered a place in that degree. If the student achieves a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 at the end of their first year they are assured a place in the following year's Bachelor of Laws intake.
- have Law at the University of Adelaide listed in their SATAC preferences on Monday 6 January 2014 (SATAC main January round preference changes)
Frequently Asked Questions
The Adelaide Law School Achievement Program is a pilot program offering assured entry for the highest achieving Year 12 student from EACH South Australian secondary school to study either a Bachelor of Laws or a Bachelor of Law (double degree) at the University of Adelaide from 2012.
The Adelaide Law School Achievement Program commenced in 2012 with offers being made to students nominated by their school as the student who had achieved the highest ATAR of their cohort. As a result of feedback the selection criteria will change for entry from 2013 to be the student with the highest ranking ATAR of those students with a Law preference. .
Yes - All schools whose students receive an ATAR, are eligible to nominate a student. This includes area and special schools.
The University aims to encourage more young people who may not have had the opportunity, or preparation, to consider university study. Research has shown that students who come from different backgrounds are just as likely to succeed as other students who may have had intensive preparation for university. Academic outcomes are generally comparable by the time they complete their degrees.
A Law degree offers students the opportunity to work in a broad range of careers in any industry. The Adelaide Law School allows our students the flexibility to incorporate a number of experiences within their degree such as internships, International Exchanges and Clinical Legal Education that allows our students to maximise these opportunities.
Students will apply for entry following the normal SATAC policies and procedures. The SATAC system has been programmed with the selection criteria above to accept student who are eligible for entry under this pathway.
The minimum ATAR score is 80.
If the top student achieves an ATAR score lower than 80 they could elect to be made an offer from a range of non-law degrees e.g. Bachelor of Arts.
Students achieving a Grade Point Average of 4.5 or better in their first year will be assured a place in the following year's Bachelor of Laws intake.
Yes – International Baccalureate students will be eligible dependent on their equivalent ATAR.
Students entering under this pathway will enrol following the same procedures as all other students. Information about enrolment will be sent out to the student before the commencement of Semester 1, 2014.
Yes – refer to our website at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/degree-finder/2014/blaws_llb.html for the full range of double degree possibilities. Please note that if a student wishes to undertake a double degree, they must also meet any subject prerequisite requirements of the ‘other’ degree program.
No. This is an entirely separate cohort of students and does not affect the quota for those applying through the standard SATAC process.
Yes – students wishing to defer can defer through the normal SATAC deferral process.
The progress of students entering under this pathway will be monitored to ensure that they are coping with their studies and transition to University. Where necessary students will be contacted and referred to the appropriate support services.
Students can elect to be paired with a mentor for academic and social support.
A number of study workshops are available to all students and the High Achiever pathway students will be notified to ensure they make the most of the support opportunities available to them.
Both students, if eligible can be made an offer.
In 2012 only the student with the highest ATAR or IB equivalent was eligible to be nominated. After feedback from schools it was agreed that from 2013, the student with the highest ATAR from each school from the students with a law preference included in their SATAC application be eligible for an offer.
Please visit the website http://www.law.adelaide.edu.au/achievement-program/
Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 8313 4021