Studying at Queensland's premier law school is more accessible than you may think

If you dream of a career in law and have experienced difficult circumstances during your schooling you can apply for the:

Both the scheme and scholarship aim to increase the diversity of the cohort in the Law School. They give bright students who have overcome significant hurdles a chance to achieve their full potential.

LEAD Scholarship

The LEAD Scholarship is offered annually to deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds who intend to study an undergraduate law program at UQ. For students commencing in 2018, up to 17 LEAD scholarships were available. 

The scholarship offers:

  • $7000 per year for up to five years to help with living and study expenses
  • a dedicated academic mentor
  • a support network through non-residential membership of a UQ college
  • priority access to internships and career planning assistance.

Applications for 2018 have closed. Application details for 2019 will be provided as soon as possible. 

Read more: how to apply for the scholarship and/or Undergraduate Law Admission Scheme

Caitlin Goss and Matt Watson, LEAD Academic Mentors



“Not every student with remarkable talent experiences a smooth path through high school. Being the first in their family to attend university deserves recognition, as does overcoming setbacks such as a family emergency, house fire or illness.
“Students should apply even if they think they won’t be successful. You can’t win unless you apply, and students are often surprised to be chosen as scholarship recipients.”

Dr Caitlin Goss and Dr Matt Watson, LEAD Academic Mentors, TC Beirne School of Law

LEAD Scholarship eligibility criteria

    Sangeetha Badya To be eligible for the scholarship you must:

    • be an Australian citizen or hold a Permanent Humanitarian Visa,
    • currently be completing your senior schooling in Australia at a non-selective government school,
    • have demonstrated significant educational, social and/or financial disadvantage,
    • intend to study the LLB(Hons) or an LLB(Hons) dual degree at UQ in 2019,
    • expect to gain admission to the LLB(Hons) in 2019 on the basis of predicted senior results and any applicable bonuses (i.e. expect to achieve a minimum Queensland Rank of 95 including all bonus ranks),
    • have not completed any prior tertiary study at bachelor level or higher (this does not include enrichment programs),
    • be available to participate in a formal interview during the September school break, and
    • be endorsed for the scholarship by the Principal of your school.

    Read more: how to apply

    Have you experienced disadvantage?

    The LEAD Scholarship supports students who have experienced significant educational, social and/or financial disadvantage. There is no exhaustive list of what we will consider. However, you may be able to demonstrate an educational disadvantage if you:

    • come from a low-income family
    • live in a rural or remote area
    • have an Indigenous or refugee background
    • will be the first in your family to attend university
    • have had recent health issues
    • have experienced other setbacks (e.g. family emergency, natural disaster, etc.) that disrupted your schooling.

    UQ Undergraduate Law Admission Scheme

    The UQ Undergraduate Law Admission Scheme is an alternative entry pathway for students who have experienced difficulty during their schooling.

    To be eligible for this scheme you must:

    • be a recent or current Year 12 student
    • have experienced educational disadvantage during their schooling
    • obtain the requisite OP / Rank
    • identify with one or more of the targeted equity groups and meet the residency criteria.

    If you are applying for the Undergraduate Law Admission Scheme you must also apply for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) offered by QTAC for your supporting documentation to be considered.

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