Combined Law - The Sydney LLB - How to Apply - International students

Tara Waniganayaka, Arts (Media & Communications)/Law

“The University of Sydney Law School teaches you something new each day – whether it be intellectual property theft, constitutional amendments or international relations, or skills and perspectives which enhance my social contributions well past a career in law. The network of supportive lecturers and tutors, the interactive learning structure and ever-growing span of subjects allows you to tap into your own interests and find a niche to excel in. A law degree at the University of Sydney is a challenge, but it one of the most rewarding and welcoming.”

Tara Waniganayaka, Arts (Media & Communications)/Law

Direct Entry into Combined Law

If you are an international student, you require an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) or equivalent for direct admission into the Combined Law program.

  • Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR)
  • University of Sydney Foundation Program
    8 or above
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    37 or above

Sydney Law School also accepts equivalent alternative secondary qualifications from overseas. The following list provides an indicative guide.

Please consult the Sydney Law School for clarification and confirmation where necessary.

For details on other alternative qualifications, please visit - the Future Students page

For all other secondary qualifications including:

  • Chinese Gao Kao
  • Great Britain General Certificate of Education or Comparable Qualifications (UK GCE A Levels)
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
  • Singapore and Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (Singaporean A Levels)
  • United States of America Scholastic Aptitude Test (USA SAT)

Please consult the Sydney Law School for clarification and confirmation where necessary.

Transfer into Combined Law

If you do not obtain direct entry into Combined Law at Sydney you may like to consider the transfer option. You can enrol in another degree at any University, including Sydney. Once you near the completion of your first year, you apply online for transfer place into Combined Law. You can apply for a transfer place from any institution, and from any degree. Current Sydney Students apply for an internal transfer.

You must have completed at least one year of a recognised tertiary qualification. You will be considered on either your tertiary qualification or your secondary qualification, whichever is higher. You will need an ATAR of 95.5 or a Tertiary Grade Point Average in the high credit range.

Internal course transfer applications are now open to current University of Sydney students.

Applicants who are unsuccessful in a transfer application at the end of first year can reapply after second year. The credit transfer policies of the Law School and its partner faculties are used when determining the amount of credit for previous studies. However, it may be difficult to complete Combined Law within the five years and you may wish to consider completing your first degree and then apply for the Juris Doctor.

Transfer from other Australian Law Schools

Applicants from other graduate law/JD programs or applicants who have completed the course requirements of the first degree of a Combined Law program are eligible to apply. Credit will not be granted for any units of study used to qualify for another degree or academic qualification, with the exception of Combined Law degrees. The Law School’s credit transfer policy stipulates that students must study a minimum of 96 Credit Points (the equivalent to 2 years full time study) at the University of Sydney in order to qualify for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB).

Students who have completed law studies at another university either in a Combined Law or Graduate Law program may be granted credit of up to 48 Credit Points (one year full time study). Credit for previous studies will be determined at enrolment only, on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

If you completed a Year 12 qualification or equivalent in Australia or another country, or you completed senior secondary studies in English, proof of English proficiency may not be required.*

The English language requirement for Law is an International English Testing System (IELTS) of 7.5 with no band below 7.0 or a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 615 plus a Test of Written English (TWE) of 5 or an Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) of 105 with a minimum of 25 in the writing section, and a minimum of 23 in all other sections. The requirement for the Pearson Test of English (PTE) is an overall score of 76 with no section score below 68.

*Please refer to the English Language Requirements


There are three ways to apply to the Sydney Law School as an international student:

  1. Direct Application
  2. Application through a University Representative
  3. Application through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)

1. Combined Law - Direct Application Online

You can apply for the Combined Law either online or through a University representative. Please refer to the table with the relevant degree codes.

Combined Degree with Law
Degree Code
Engineering Honours/Law

2. Application through a University Representative

Offices in over 50 countries worldwide represent the University of Sydney. For the full contact details of all our international representative offices please visit the International Services Office website. You may lodge your application through one of these representatives.

3. Application through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)

If you are an international student applying to the University on the basis of a current Year 12 high school examination in Australia, either in New South Wales or interstate, you will need to apply to UAC.

For further information and an application form please refer to the UAC Guide or contact:

Locked Bag 112
Silverwater NSW 2128

Phone: +61 2 9752 7200