Deakin Scholarship for Excellence - Juris Doctor

This scholarship is designed for students enrolled in the Deakin Juris Doctor (JD) course who show exceptional promise within or beyond their academic achievements. Strong academic performance and/or excellence in extracurricular activities, community service or leadership will hold the key to success.

Value and duration


$10,000 paid as cash or tuition fees per year, or a combination of both to the value of $10,000 per year – the choice is yours!


The scholarship is awarded for full- or part-time study for the normal full-time duration of the course.

Continued eligibility is subject to maintaining a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65.

Important dates

Opening date 29 August 2017 
Closing date13 February 2018 at 5 pm

1st Round offers will be made 27 November 2017*

If there are still scholarships available, 2nd Round offers will be made from 15 January 2018.

*Note: Early provisional offers can be made, subject to final academic transcripts. We encourage you to apply for a scholarship early as applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.


All Deakin University scholarships have eligibility criteria.

Prospective candidates should ensure they meet all criteria before submitting their application.

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • a commencing or currently enrolled student at Deakin University in M729 Juris Doctor in any trimester/semester in the 2018 academic year
  • enrolled full time or part time
  • able to demonstrate achievement in one of the following:
    • a Weighted Average Mark (WAM)/Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 75 in previous undergraduate study
    • leadership experience
    • elite sports performance
    • community service
    • volunteer activities
    • the arts
    • any other achievement.

Consideration will be given to students experiencing financial or personal hardship.

Number available

There are 10 Juris Doctor Scholarships available for 2018.

This scholarship is not available for enrolment in the 2017 academic year (this includes Trimester 3, 2017).

Selection criteria

You will be assessed and ranked based on the information you provide in your application and supporting documentation.

In the online application you will be asked to provide information about yourself and your achievements. You will also be asked to provide documentation and evidence to support your application.

How to apply

You can apply for this scholarship directly through our Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

Visit our applicant portal and apply

You will need to ensure you register your details to obtain an applicant ID. This number will be required when you email your supporting documentation. Once you have logged in to the portal, click on Apply > Scholarships and Grants and you will be taken through the application process. 

You will be required to provide your personal details in Step 1 and will be asked some questions in Step 2 to determine your eligibility for the scholarships on offer. Please ensure that you select Deakin Juris Doctor Scholarship for Excellence in Step 3 to be considered for this scholarship. You will then be given the opportunity to provide written responses to the questions in Step 4. You will be asked to provide detailed responses to questions like 'How your experience and skills demonstrate that you have the characteristics required for this scholarship' or 'How will this scholarship benefit you?'.

Spend some time on your application and review your responses. You can save your application and come back later. The information you provide can change your future! 

You will then be able to review your application in Step 5 and you can go back and edit your responses if needed. When you are ready to submit your application in Step 6, click on the 'Submit Selected Applications' button. You will receive confirmation of your application via email.

Supporting documentation

As part of the application process you will also be required to provide supporting documentation. 

Make sure you choose the correct Document type when you upload your documents as it will make a difference. If your documents are uploaded into the incorrect type they will not be considered when assessing your application. Remember it is quality, not quantity, which you need to provide. Aim to provide documents which are current, relevant and concise.

The supporting documentation required includes:

  • two referee statements
  • evidence of your leadership activities or community service achievement
  • evidence of your sporting or other achievements.

Late or incomplete documentation will not be accepted.

Read more about supporting documentation

Finding out if you're successful

Applications will be assessed and offers for scholarships made on a rolling basis. First round of Scholarship offers will be made on 27 November 2017. At this time if the scholarship allocation is exhausted there will be no more offers. 2nd and 3rd round offers may be made.

Applications will be assessed in approximately 10 days. Please have applications submitted at least ten days prior to the rolling offer date. You can see the status of your application via your Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal account.