Welcome from the Dean

Dean’s welcome. Where law meets justice. Welcome to UNSW Law – a top-ranking law school and a leader in progressive and rigorous legal education and research.

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Location

Located in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, UNSW is just minutes away from the city and is easily accessible from major transportation hubs located throughout Sydney.

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Industry links

UNSW Law has close links with the legal profession, business, government and non-government organisations.

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Law Advisory Council

The Law Advisory Council comprises of professionals who are graduates and friends of UNSW Law and provide high level strategic advice to the Faculty.

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Structure and governance

Academic and professional staff are committed to ensuring UNSW Law remains a global leader in legal education and research.

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UNSW Indigenous Strategy

The UNSW Indigenous Strategy represents a powerful vision for the future of UNSW: as a place committed to educating the next generation of First Nations leaders, celebrating the cultural heritage of our campus and country and, more broadly, advancing the rights and progress of Australia’s First Peoples.

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UNSW Law is a top-ranking Law School and a global leader in legal education and research, having set the pace in Australia for more than 40 years. 

The pre-eminence of our teaching, research excellence and our outstanding student support are the characteristics that continue to attract the most talented teachers, researchers and students from Australia and internationally. 

UNSW’s Law School ranked 14th in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, and 13th position in the Employer Reputation category of the Rankings. In research excellence, UNSW received an ERA rating of 5, the highest possible score, in the most recent round of rankings. 

Traditional areas of law sit alongside new and emerging topics in our comprehensive and innovative selection of degrees, allowing students to tailor a program to their own professional requirements. 

Our teaching is student centred, research-based and outward looking, never losing sight of law’s impact on how we live now. Our graduates have flexible skills, critical perspectives and broad horizons. Our research is interdisciplinary, collaborative and leads to real change in public policy and the law. 

We offer legal education for all career stages: undergraduate law double degrees, Juris Doctor for graduates, postgraduate coursework, postgraduate research and continuing legal education short courses. 

Grounded in black-letter skills and inspired by principles of justice, we study law in action and make a difference in this world.

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What we value

Teaching law in an interactive, respectful, collaborative, innovative, intellectually and doctrinally rigorous manner with a practical emphasis. 

Seeing law differently through challenging assumptions, welcoming diversity, encouraging interdisciplinary perspectives, facilitating reflective practice and advocating justice for all in accordance with our commitment to social justice. 

Researching law in a manner that is reform oriented, visionary, feeds into teaching, is practical and interdisciplinary, and shows passion and enthusiasm for intellectual inquiry. 

Modelling law in a way that is pluralistic, tolerant, respectful and receptive to changes in community views, educational practice and the needs of the profession, public sector, community and business. 

Living law with passion, professional excellence, idealism and high ethics, engaging in current legal issues, prioritising Indigenous issues and engaging with the profession, public sector, community and business. 

Working together in a culture of teamwork, collegiality, respect, independent thought, integrity, accountability and leadership.

Facts in brief
Undergraduate students 1666
Juris Doctor students 667
Postgraduate students 195
Postgraduate students (research)  97
Alumni  16,464
Permanent academic staff   112
Accreditation

UNSW Law offers two law degrees that lead to professional practice: 

  • Juris Doctor (JD) for graduates 
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) for undergraduates 

The UNSW JD and LLB degrees are accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) and satisfy the academic component for admission to practice as a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW.