UNSW Law provides all the support you’ll need to do your best in your studies and to make your studies fulfilling. We’re committed to fostering a learning environment that provides our students with a world-class legal education. We’ve got your back with study and academic support and financial aid, as well as health and wellbeing support.
Your lecturer is generally the first person you would speak to if you have any concerns about academic matters. If that doesn't seem appropriate, or you're not comfortable doing so, the order of consultation is:
The convenor of the course (found on your course outline)
The Director of First Year Studies (Undergraduate), Prue Vines: email@example.com
Director Undergraduate Studies, Catherine Bond: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of JD Studies, Paul Kildea: email@example.com
Director Postgraduate Studies, Natalie Klein: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Head of School, Andrew Lynch: email@example.com
The final person in the Faculty, who should only be consulted as a last resort, is the Dean.
You are very welcome to approach the academic staff, although you should not expect that every academic will be available to you every minute. Teaching is only one part of an academic’s job, so make an appointment or find out when their consulting hours are.
International Student Academic Advisors
Here at UNSW Law, we have International Student Support Advisors who are academic members of staff and your first port of call for any academic issues or concerns you might have. The Advisors also convene workshops throughout the year on a range of topics such as preparing for class, class participation and preparing for your assessments.
Have a question? Contact the International Student Academic Advisors:
Of course, you can always ask your LawPLUS Mentor or your Peer Tutor as a first step.
LawPLUS Peer Mentoring Program
All first-year law students are encouraged to be involved in the LawPLUS Peer Mentoring Program, or as early as possible. This program runs through Term 1 each year and aims to help new students settle into UNSW Law's unique and vibrant student culture.
Peer Tutor Program
The Peer Tutor Program is for all first-year students. It is free and involves a group of four students meeting to have a first attempt at reading materials for class and to get support with skills for reading legal materials and doing legal analysis.
Almost half of all first-year law students use this program, so don’t be shy. You can sign up for it in Week 1 of Term 1 by filling in the forms on the glass wall of the Level 2 Law Building near Student Services.
UNSW Law Society
The UNSW Student Law Society (LawSoc) carries out many functions for students while they attend the Law School. It organises a range of social events including the annual Law Camp for first-year students to make new friends. LawSoc also hosts careers fairs and talks, professional skills competitions and produces a range of publications.
Forms, course information and timetables
The myLAW site for current students has links to timetables, courses, and more.
You can download forms if you need to apply for Special Consideration, which is advisable if you have been ill or had a problem which is impacting or has impacted your course.
Resources are also available from Student Central in the Chancellery and from the Faculty office on Level 2 of the Law Building.
Course or degree administrative matters
The UNSW Law Student Services office can advise you about enrolment issues, special consideration, course clashes, timetabling, and many other things.
If you are doing a combined degree, the Law Office won’t be able to advise you about matters such as prerequisites within your non-law degree – you will need to go to the relevant faculty office.
The Learning Centre
The Learning Centre is the study skills support unit at the University which is open to all enrolled students. It offers individual consultations, academic skills courses for credit, workshops, online resources, small group consultations for postgraduates, and more Faculty-based programs.
It also coordinates and teaches a range of bridging and academic preparation programs. Its aim is to help students with the nuts and bolts of academic reading, writing, speaking and researching.
Find out more about the Learning Centre.
Studying Law full-time can leave little room for work, so if you hit financial difficulties, you can seek out the following services for financial assistance:
Student loans from UNSW
Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy payments from Centrelink
HECS-HELP loans to cover all or part of the student contribution amount
FEE-HELP loans to help pay part or all of tuition fees
Assistance for international students
Check your eligibility for a scholarship
UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are available Monday to Friday to help students while they are residing in Australia with:
Counselling for individuals
Support and transition to university
Personal skills development
Anxiety and mood management
Stress management programs
CAPS can also offer information about other mental health services external to UNSW to meet your needs.