Learning & teaching | Law

Learning & teaching

Teaching has always had a central place at UNSW Law. From its beginnings, a strong emphasis has been placed on creating a different kind of interaction between students and staff. This commitment goes beyond just the kind of courses offered, but also includes the way we teach, which draws on a number of different styles and technologies. In particular, there is a sustained focus on interactive discussion as central to learning, which is reflected in the weight given to Class Participation in the overall assessment strategy.

Teaching takes many forms, so that the varied ways that students learn are recognised and developed. Also, we are attempting to take students out of their comfort zone in terms of both how and what they learn. As social justice is both an aim and a practice at UNSW Law, we draw on different levels of technology to enable a deeper and more critical learning. Together this challenges both lecturers and students, and means that learning is not something that happens only in the classroom, but more importantly is something that is taken outside the university gates.


Classes are kept deliberately small in the first year to encourage participation, critical engagement and a sense of belonging.

We have an ongoing commitment to mentoring students with well established peer mentoring and peer tutoring programs which focus on the learning collaboratively as senior students mentor junior students.


Teaching is conducted by a wide range of staff, including academic lawyers, practitioners, clinical and policy specialists. There is a commitment to have all full time staff involved in teaching, as well as to draw on the expertise of adjunct teaching staff involving topic experts, senior practitioners and judges.

Connecting teaching & research

We have a strong belief in the interconnection between research and teaching. Many courses involve discussion of cutting edge research being undertaken by staff, as well as by the many research centres which are a fundamental part of UNSW Law .