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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.

John Koowarta Scholarship 2024 round 

Applications for the 2024 John Koowarta Scholarship round is now closed. 

If you have any queries about the scholarship or would like to be notified when the next round opens, please send an email to

2023 Recipients 

The Law Council of Australia’s 2023 John Koowarta Scholarship has been awarded to The University of New South Wales law student, Ms Sharleigh Crittenden. 

Ms Crittenden is a proud Wiradjuri woman and is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the UNSW Sydney. Her approach has involved two complementary aspects: the mentorship of younger Indigenous students, and development of a critical voice in scholarship on issues of importance for First Nations Australians.

Law Council of Australia President, Mr Tass Liveris, presented the scholarship to the recipient at the Law Council of Australia’s Gala Dinner on Friday, 25 November 2022.

You can read the Law Council's media release here


For more information about the Scholarship or to make a tax deductable contribution to the scholarship trust fund, please email


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