Ross Ray QC Scholarship

The Ross Ray QC Scholarships commemorate the late Ross Ray QC, member of the Victorian Bar and the inaugural Chair of SPLA, and his dedication to advancing South Pacific lawyers and legal associations.

Each year, the Law Council of Australia partners with the Australian Bar Association to enable a maximum of two South Pacific lawyers to attend the prestigious Essential Trial and Advocacy Course, which is held alternately in Perth and Adelaide.

These scholarships are an invaluable opportunity to assist early career lawyers to develop a range of advocacy skills through individualised coaching.

The scholarships are valued at up to AU$5,000 each, and include:

  • return airfares

  • five nights accommodation and meals

  • course registration

  • course materials

Click here to learn more about the Essential Trial and Advocacy Course.



A prospective candidate is eligible to apply for a scholarship if they are:

  1.  A lawyer/barrister admitted in an eligible jurisdiction*; and

  2.  Have at least two years of advocacy experience in civil and/or criminal matters.

* Eligible jurisdictions: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.



Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions limiting international travel to Australia, the Ross Ray QC Scholarships will not be offered in 2021.