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John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship

The John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in an approved course of study that is a prerequisite to admission as a legal practitioner in any Australian jurisdiction at or through an Australian tertiary institution.

John Koowarta Scholarship 2023 round 

Applications for the 2023 scholarship round is closing on 30 September 2022.

If you have any queries about the scholarship, or would like to be notified when the next round opens please send an email to

2022 Recipients 

The Law Council of Australia’s 2022 John Koowarta Scholarship has been awarded to Queensland University of Technology law student, Mr Cameron Downey, and Charles Darwin University law student, Ms Michelle Burchill. 

Mr Downey is a proud Ghungalu man and is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) at the Queensland University of Technology. He intends to use his double degree to create and design digital systems that will give rural and remote Indigenous communities better access to the justice system.

Ms Burchill is a proud Kuku Yalanji woman and is in her first year of law as a mature student. Since 2012, Ms Burchill has worked as an enrolled nurse. In 2020, she decided to pursue a career in law and aspires to work in areas that interest her including: Native Title, environmental and planning law, human rights, international law, family law, medical-legal and criminal law.

Law Council of Australia President, Dr Jacoba Brasch QC, presented the scholarship to both recipients at the annual Law Council Director’s Meeting held virtually on 27 November 2021.

You can read the Law Council's media release here


For more information about the Scholarship or to make a tax deductable contribution to the scholarship trust fund, please email


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