The Faculty of Law of the University of New South Wales is a law school situated in Sydney, Australia. It is widely regarded as being one of Australia’s top law schools. In 2019, QS World University Rankings ranked the UNSW Law Faculty 14th on its list of the best law schools in the world, and 3rd in Australia It is ranked second in Australia according to the ARWU 2017 subject rankings and the 2018 Times Higher Education subject rankings. The Law Faculty is situated in the Law Building on the University’s main campus in Kensington, Sydney.
The building is four levels high and was designed by Melbourne architects Corbet Lyons. Features of the building include light-filled atria space, open staircases, landscaped courtyards, and an agora running up through floors. There are 13 classrooms with 40-plus seats, two Harvard-style lecture rooms with 90 seats and a 350-seat auditorium. Other features include a new Moot Court and student lounge. The Law Library is occupied over two levels.
In addition to the main campus in Kensington, the Faculty of Law also offers classes, predominantly to those in postgraduate coursework programmes and those in later years of law degree programmes, at its CBD Campus located within Sydney’s legal and financial district, on levels 6 and 7 of 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney
The Faculty comprises the School of Law and 13 affiliated research and specialist legal centers, including a community legal centre, the Kingsford Legal Centre. The Faculty is also co-founder and operator of the Australasian Legal Information Institute (Aust LII), which provides free access to case law, legislation and other primary legal resources online. It offers legal education for all career stages: undergraduate law dual degree programs, the Juris Doctor for graduates, postgraduate coursework, postgraduate research, and continuing legal education short courses. In 2019, the QS World University Rankings placed UNSW Law School 14th on its list of the best law schools in the world, and in 2016 it was ranked 13th in the world. The law school is ranked second in Australia after the University of Melbourne by the ARWU 2017 subject rankings, and second in Australia by the 2018 Times Higher Education subject rankings. The UNSW Law School was noted as one of the primary faculties in helping to place the University 1st in Australia and 33rd in the globe for most millionaires produced.
In the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Good Universities Guide, UNSW was the only law school in Australia to receive top ratings across all criteria, which include: teaching quality, generic skills, overall satisfaction, and success in obtaining a job. From 2006 to 2009, the Federal Government’s assessment of excellence in tertiary education found that the Faculty lead all Australian universities for the quality of learning and teaching in law.
• Bachelor of Actuarial Studies / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Arts & Business / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of City Planning (Honours) / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Computer Science / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Economics / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Fine Arts / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of International Studies / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Media (Communication & Journalism) / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Media (Screen & Sound Production) / Bachelor of Laws
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• Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) / Bachelor of Laws
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• Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Psychological Science / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) (Honours) / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Science & Business / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Social Research & Policy / Bachelor of Laws
• Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) / Bachelor of Laws
When you become a student at UNSW Law School, you are also gaining entry to one of the country’s most respected and largest student-run law organizations – the UNSW Law Society (LawSoc).
LawSoc is the peak representative body for all students in the UNSW Law School. Being a part of the UNSW Law Society will give you the chance to hone your skills, develop your confidence and build key relationships beyond the classroom environment. LawSoc aims to provide you with the highest quality law student experience academically, socially and professionally.
Your academic life
Effectively represents student interests to the Law Faculty administration, national and international organizations, including the Australian Law Students Association
Publishes student newsletters and articles
Co-ordinates a variety of competitions including mooting, negotiations, trial advocacy and client interviewing, including non-competitive rounds for JD students who are unable to commit to full competitions
Organizes regular events, such as panel sessions and networking evenings, to provide students with the opportunity to meet with prominent persons in the legal community
Organizes the King & Wood Mallesons JD Impact Program, and facilitates exam-oriented subject information sessions.
Your social life
Organizes a diverse range of popular social events, such as the annual Law Ball and JD-specific social events throughout the year. Funds cultural events such as the Law Revue and sporting competitions
Your career development and support
Publishes a range of employment guides including private law careers, public interest careers, and international careers. Promotes career awareness through various careers fairs, information seminars, and networking events.