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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 2018 John Koowarta Scholarship are now open. Applications close 8 December 2017, COB.  Please see application form and eligibility criteria

If you would like to be notified when the 2019 round opens, please send an email to koowarta@lawcouncil.asn.au.

2017 Recipient 


Bendigo law student Tayla Anderson was awarded the Law Council of Australia’s 2017 John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship. Law Council of Australia President, Fiona McLeod SC, said Ms Anderson was an outstanding student with both compassion and drive. 

Ms Anderson is in the final stages of a five-year Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Psychological Science combined degree. On top of her study load, she has also worked for law firms Robertson Hyetts Solicitors in Bendigo, and Garden and Green Lawyers in Swan Hill.

Ms Anderson said she was driven by her strong belief in the over-representation of Indigenous Australians in the justice system, and the inequality that Indigenous Australians face.

This inequality frustrates me, but it also provides me with reason to pursue the career that I have chosen, to be good enough at what I do, and to make a difference to those who need it,” Ms Anderson said.


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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