MLS Awards Terms and Conditions

It is the responsibility of the scholarship recipient to ensure that they have read and understood the terms and conditions set out below prior to accepting a scholarship offer. Recipients must take care to confirm that they continue to meet the obligations throughout their studies and tenure of the scholarship.

1. Scholarship Criteria

1.1 Commencing Scholarship

The commencing scholarship is awarded on the basis that the recipient will commence study in the Melbourne Law School course in the intake specified in their offer letter and has met the selection criteria for the awarded scholarship (including any special conditions attributed to that scholarship) as per the Melbourne Law School’s scholarships web pages.

1.1.1 Deferring a Scholarship

Scholarship offers cannot be deferred. If a scholarship recipient elects to defer their offer to enrol in their Melbourne Law School course, the recipient will forfeit the bursary or scholarship. Where eligibility of the scholarship is automatically considered upon admission to the Melbourne Law School course, the recipient will be reconsidered in the intake leading to their commencing the course. Students must otherwise re-apply for application-based scholarships to be reconsidered.

1.2 Continuing Scholarship

The continuing scholarship is awarded on the basis that the recipient has already commenced study in their Melbourne Law School course and has met the selection criteria for the awarded scholarship (including any special conditions attributed to that scholarship) as per the Melbourne Law School’s scholarships pages.

2. Scholarship Entitlements

The entitlement to the scholarship is stipulated in the recipient’s offer letter.

2.1 Scholarship Payment Schedule

Scholarship payments will only be made after the recipient has:

  • accepted their admissions offer;
  • been admitted to the course for which the scholarship was awarded;
  • enrolled in a minimum of 3 subjects per half-year period (January to June, July to December);
  • met any special conditions attached to the scholarship offer;
  • accepted the scholarship offer; and
  • updated their address and Australian bank details.

As a guide, scholarship payments may be processed in accordance with the following schedule:

  • Commencing scholarship of less than $12,000 total entitlement (single payment): the next business day following the census date of LAWS50023 Legal Method and Reasoning (February).
  • Commencing scholarship greater than $12,000 (total entitlement): split into three annual totals (note: if the annual payments are $8,000 or greater, the payments will be further split and paid quarterly, in April, June, September, November):
    • Commencing scholarships (first instalment): the next business day following the census date of LAWS50023 Legal Method and Reasoning (February);
    • Commencing scholarships (second and third instalments): the next business day following the census date of Semester 1 (31 March).
  • Continuing scholarship single payments (round 1): 4-6 weeks after applications close or the next business day following the census date of Semester 1 (31 March), whichever is later;
  • Continuing scholarship single payment (round 2): 4-6 weeks after applications close or the next business day following the census date of Semester 2 (31 August), whichever is later.

2.1.1 Fee Remission Scholarships (Masters Only)

If a student is awarded a fee remission scholarship, Melbourne Law School will approve their fee remission amount after the census date of the first subject in each half-year period (January to June, July to December).

Fee remission scholarship values are not transferable. Fee remission only applies to subjects undertaken at the University of Melbourne that are approved in the recipient’s study plan.

3. Scholarship Recipients’ Responsibilities

3.1 Statement of Impact

In accepting the awarded scholarship, the recipient agrees to provide a statement of impact regarding their scholarship. Recipients awarded multi-year scholarships will be expected to provide a statement of impact each year, to update the donor on the progress of their studies. Failure to provide a statement of impact may delay scholarship payment. Melbourne Law School reserves the right to rescind a scholarship offer if the recipient does not comply with this requirement.

3.2 Marketing and Promotion Activities

By accepting the scholarship, the recipient agrees to allow Melbourne Law School to publish their name on the School website, in publications and other University materials. Scholarship recipients may be invited to participate in marketing and promotion activities. However, participation is voluntary.

3.3 Liaising with Donors

Scholarship recipients may be required to meet with the donor of their scholarship. Note that a member of the Law School’s Advancement team can be present at this meeting.

3.4 Changes to Enrolment

3.4.1 Full-time and part-time study

The scholarship is awarded on the basis that the recipient will maintain a full-time enrolment in their Melbourne Law School course. The normal workload for each half-year period (January to June, July to December) of a course is 50 points. A course load below 37.5 points per half-year period is considered part-time.

If a scholarship recipient withdraws from their course prior to completing a minimum of 37.5pts (3 subjects) per half-year period (January to June, July to December), they will be required to repay all instalments of the scholarship received in that half-year period.

If a scholarship recipient is unable to remain enrolled full-time due to extenuating circumstances, they must seek approval from the Law School’s Academic Support Office (law-awards@unimelb.edu.au) to retain their scholarship.

3.4.2 Overloading

If approved by the Assistant Dean (Teaching and Learning), scholarship recipients may choose to enrol in more than the normal 50 credit point load in a half-year period. Overloading in a half-year period does not change the value of the scholarship entitlement, and only the maximum entitlement stipulated in the scholarship offer letter will be paid to the recipient.

Scholarship recipients must inform the Law School’s Academic Support Office (law-awards@unimelb.edu.au) if they intend to complete their course earlier than the expected course duration (6mths full time for the Graduate Diploma, 1yr full time for the Masters and 3yrs full time for the Juris Doctor), so that the donor of the scholarship can be advised of the adjustment and the scholarship payment schedule can be modified based on the recipient’s circumstances.

3.4.3 International students

International students on a student visa must complete their course within the time given on their Confirmation of Enrolment. Usually this requires a full-time study load (0.5000 EFTSL) per half-year period (January to June, July to December). The student may reduce their study load only in exceptional circumstances. This must be approved by the Assistant Dean (Teaching and Learning). Please inform the Law School’s Academic Support Office (law-awards@unimelb.edu.au) in this case.

3.4.4 Studying Overseas

Scholarship payments will continue in circumstances where a recipient is accepted to undertake a Melbourne Law School approved international opportunity (eg Student Exchange, travelling subjects, Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) etc). While participating in the international opportunity, scholarship recipients must continue to meet the equivalent full-time enrolment requirements under 3.4.1.

Scholarship recipients must notify the Law School’s Academic Support Office (law-awards@unimelb.edu.au) in writing as soon as they are accepted into the international opportunity; otherwise, their payments may be suspended.

3.4.5 Leave of Absence

Scholarship recipients wishing to take Leave of Absence from their Melbourne Law School course will also need to take leave from their scholarship. Scholarship recipients must apply in writing to the Academic Support Office (law-awards@unimelb.edu.au) for leave from their scholarship for up to 12 months over the course of their studies.

Scholarship recipients are required to notify the Law School’s Academic Support Office (law-awards@unimelb.edu.au) when they return from Leave of Absence, so that their entitlements can be recommenced.

Scholarship recipients taking leave of absence or withdrawing from subjects after the subjects’ census date of a given half-year period (January to June, July to December) will be required to pay back the amount or entitlement for that half-year period.

3.4.6 Late Withdrawal

Students who withdraw from subjects after the census date will still be liable for fees. Any fees incurred due to late withdrawal will not be covered by the scholarship entitlements and scholarship recipients will be required to pay additionally incurred fees for that half-year period (January to June, July to December).

3.4.7 Discontinuation of Studies

Should a scholarship recipient elect to discontinue their Melbourne Law School course, their scholarship will be withdrawn. Scholarship recipients will be required to pay back any amounts that were part of their entitlement for that half-year period and the uncredited balance of the scholarship will be cancelled.

3.4.8 Transferring Studies

Should a scholarship recipient elect to transfer to another course within the University of Melbourne, their Melbourne Law School scholarship will be immediately terminated. Scholarship entitlements will only continue while the recipient remains enrolled in the Melbourne Law School course that is linked to their scholarship.

3.5 Domestic Students and FEE-HELP loan

Students who use a FEE-HELP loan (which means that after each census date the cost of the enrolment is deferred as a loan to the Department of Education and reported to the Australian Tax Office (ATO)) are responsible for checking their invoices and Commonwealth Assistance Notices (CAN), issued after each subjects’ census date, which inform students about the amount deferred to the ATO.

Please be advised that if the information on the invoices is incorrect, scholarship recipients must contact the University within 14 days of the CAN issue date. If the 14 days deadline is missed, the charges will be irreversible.

3.6 Centrelink and Taxation

Melbourne Law School is unable to provide advice on Centrelink and taxation matters. The scholarship letter of offer contains all the necessary information about the benefits of the scholarship. Please retain this document for Centrelink or taxation purposes. For further information please go to Australian Taxation Office or Centrelink.

4. Termination of Scholarship

4.1 Misrepresentation

The awarding of a scholarship is based on information that the student has provided to the University of Melbourne. The scholarship may be withdrawn at any time if, after proper enquiry, Melbourne Law School determines that the student has provided incorrect information or withheld relevant information.

4.2 Grounds for Termination

A scholarship may be terminated if, after proper enquiry, Melbourne Law School determines that the recipient has:

  • committed academic or general misconduct while a Melbourne Law School student;
  • not complied with the conditions of their scholarship; or
  • not conformed to the obligations placed on students under the University’s Statutes and Regulations and Policies as published on the University website and updated from time to time.

4.3 Consequences of Termination

If a scholarship is terminated, the recipient will normally be entitled to continue their studies, if they have maintained satisfactory academic progress as required by their course and have complied with all obligations placed on students under the University’s Statutes and Regulations and Policies.

4.4 Appeals

Students may appeal the termination of their scholarship by making a written submission to the Dean of Melbourne Law School, setting out the circumstances which have affected their progress. The Dean will make a final determination, considering the student’s submission.