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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.

Calling for applications

Applications for the 2019 John Koowarta Scholarship are now closed. 
If you would like to be notified when the next round opens, please send an email to koowarta@lawcouncil.asn.au.

2019 Recipient 

The Law Council of Australia’s 2019 John Koowarta Scholarship has been awarded to Noah Bedford, a University of New South Wales law student and proud Wiradjuri/Gumbaynggirr man.

Mr Bedford, who is set to complete his Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts degrees next year, said his goal is to improve access to justice for Indigenous Australians, especially in relation to land rights.

Law Council President, Arthur Moses SC, described Mr Bedford’s commitment to the law and his drive to improve access to justice for his community as inspiring.

“Noah is a worthy recipient of the John Koowarta Scholarship – his passion for the law and his understanding of how it can change lives for the better is something he should be very proud of,” Mr Moses said. “I have no doubt that with such drive, Noah will be an excellent lawyer and a strong advocate for his community.”

In addition to his exceptional academic record, Mr Bedford has won the NSW Indigenous Mooting Competition, placed first in the Nirakn National Law Essay Prize and received the UNSW Law Faculty Medal for Highest Performing Indigenous Law Student.

He was also a lead researcher for the Australian Law Reform Commission, contributing to its Pathways to Justice report.


For more information about the Scholarship or to make a tax deductable contribution to the scholarship trust fund, please email koowarta@lawcouncil.asn.au.


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