The Textbook Access Scheme purpose is to support the inclusion and success of students from particular equity groups enrolled in the Faculty at UNSW Sydney in undergraduate programs and the Juris Doctor program.
UNSW Law & Justice has partnered with leading legal services providers to offer both a financial contribution towards textbook purchases and provide law students with the opportunity to apply for paid professional work experience in the firms.
Eligibility has been determined by one of the following Federal Government indices based on students' residential addresses as recorded by UNSW Sydney at the time of enrolment:
Statistical Area 1 (SA1) based on a student’s residential address; and/or
Admissions data relating to UNSW Gateway schools and the UAC Educational Access Scheme.
Identified students will receive a notification of eligibility via email and can access the textbook grant simply by using their Student ID at the UNSW Bookshop.
Professional work experience
Our partners in this scheme are enthusiastic about offering professional development opportunities to participating students*. This opportunity includes a competitive application process and will comprise of the following:
20 days of paid professional work experience in a firm
Three one-to-one mentoring sessions with a representative from the firm over the duration of the work experience
Professional development support from the UNSW Law & Justice Careers Service throughout the application and recruitment process
This is an amazing opportunity to experience the corporate professional environment, start building a supportive network in the profession, and develop a wide range of skills that will support your career journey!
* Please note the work experience opportunity is not available to first year students.
How to apply
Submit your application via the online form below, which will prompt you to upload a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter should be suitable for an application to an entry level role in a law firm, though it does not need to be specific to any single organisation. In your cover letter, you're encouraged to write about how your diverse background and perspective enhances your attributes as a candidate.
Need help developing your application? Reach out at [email protected] with the subject line reading "Textbook Access Scheme Work Experience" or check out the job application resources available to you from UNSW.
Students studying the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are encouraged to apply to undertake professional work experience via the UNSW Co-NNECTIONS Program.
Term 1 2023
- Applications open 13 February
- Info session to be held on campus on 16 February
- Applications close 27 February
Interviews will take place during the first two weeks of March and successful applicants will complete their work experience throughout Term 1.
Term 2 2023
- Applications open 29 May
- Info session to be held on campus on 1 June
- Applications close 23 June
Interviews will take place during the final week of June and successful applicants will complete their work experience throughout Term 2.
Term 3 2023
- Applications open 11 September
- Info session to be held on campus on 14 September
- Applications close 24 September
Interviews will take place during the final week of September and successful applicants will complete their work experience throughout Term 3.