Welcome from the Dean | Law

Welcome from the Dean

UNSW Law is a global leader in legal education and research.

Our graduates have a powerful and distinctive set of strengths. They have the very best grounding in the law, along with a deep understanding of how the law operates in practice. They are equipped for the full range of legal and other opportunities, from commercial practice to working in a community legal centre to running a start-up to working for an international organisation.

The work of our graduates and academics has a major impact on local and global debates. This might be through our groundbreaking research in areas such as technology and the law, international finance, human rights, contracts, environmental protection or justice for Indigenous peoples, or through the contributions we make to prominent public debates, whether it be through the media or work for law reform and parliamentary processes.

Our contributions in these areas reflect our ethos and commitment to the notion that the law must serve the needs of the community. The law is not an end in itself, but can be used for both good and ill. It can marginalise and harm, as well as lift up those in need and form a society based upon values such as fairness, equality and the rule of law. UNSW Law plays a key role in this process, and equips our graduates with the skills needed to make a difference to the world.

This has been the mission of UNSW Law since its creation. Whether called social justice or another name, the idea is proclaimed in the banner at the entrance of the Law Building. It carries the call of Hal Wootten, the first Dean of UNSW Law, that: ‘A Law School should have and communicate to its students a keen concern for those on whom the law bears harshly.’ His words are borne out today in our motto that the Faculty is ‘where law meets justice’.

Professor George Williams AO
Dean, UNSW Law