Applications close: Friday 12 April 2019

The Ross Ray QC Scholarship is an annual scholarship program that supports two South Pacific lawyers to attend the Australian Bar Association’s prestigious Essential Trial Advocacy Course.

The course will run from 1-5 July 2019 in Perth, Australia. 


Each scholarship includes:

  • registration and course materials

  • accommodation for 5 nights in Perth and all main meals.


Airfares are the responsibility of the nominees. 

How to Apply

The Scholarship is available to admitted lawyers and barristers from South Pacific countries (including Micronesia) who are members of a body which is a Member of the South Pacific Lawyers Association. It would be highly desirable for applicants to have some court experience.

To apply, please submit your CV and a brief statement explaining how you would benefit from attendance and be able to represent your country (300 words) to

Applicants must be able to cover the cost of return airfares from their home country to Perth. Applicants who are able to demonstrate that they can meet this criteria will be highly regarded. For example, a letter of support from your employer or another sponsor, including a clear statement of their willingness to financially support your nomination, may be included with your application.

Successful candidates will be selected by members of the Executive of the South Pacific Lawyers Association.

About the Australian Bar Association's Essential Trial Advocacy Course

The underlying philosophy of the course is that the skills of a barrister are best learned in an environment that is as close to the real experience as possible. This involves creating a brief, asking the barrister to properly prepare as they would for a hearing and then giving them the opportunity in an environment of challenge and respect to perform.

The aim is to engage the barrister through a deeper understanding of the relevant objectives for each performance task, thoughtful preparation and an ongoing process of practice and review.

The focus is on each barrister and exploring ways of improving their performances. The course involves a combination of lectures, demonstrations, performances by participants, group reviews and individual coaching sessions.

Further details about the course can be found at

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