Why do law at UTS?
UTS: Law - engage, educate, empower
Admission as a Lawyer
Admission to the Supreme Court of NSW to practise as a lawyer is based upon the successful completion of an accredited legal qualification and an accredited course of practical legal training (PLT).
UTS is the largest university provider of PLT in NSW, and all our courses are accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB).
The unique feature of UTS is the option given to students to complete the practical legal training program on-campus, at the same institution as their undergraduate Law degree.
Find out more about admission to legal practise in Australia.
Flexible Study Options
Our courses are flexible to suit your lifestyle. Study your degree in either full-time or part-time mode, depending on your chosen course. Daytime lectures in core subjects are repeated in the evening (and often recorded or podcasted), and you can also attend our intensive Summer session to fast track elective subjects.
Academics you’ll want to learn from
Benefit from the expertise and experience of a strong line up of internationally recognised academics. We have expertise in niche areas such as health law and policy, family law and dispute resolution, refugee law, corporate and commercial law - just to name a few.
Our courses have been developed in consultation with the legal profession and other key stakeholders to ensure you gain practical, work-ready skills underpinned by a strong foundation of legal theory and professional training.
Combined Degrees in Law
We’ve got courses to help you break new ground in law. Our innovative programs include a range of combined degrees in Law with Business, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, IT or International Studies to further enhance and broaden your future career options.
You can spend two semesters overseas for your international studies degree, or even major in biotechnology thanks to a combined degree in law and science.
We also offer an innovative internationally recognised graduate entry masters level legal qualification, the UTS Juris Doctor.
Critical thinking. Ethics. A global outlook. These and other characteristics, qualities, skills and capabilities possessed by UTS: Law students at graduation are not merely aspirational. As a successful law graduate in today's world, you need to know more than just the law and how to apply it. These attributes are embedded in our course structure, subjects activities, and assessments.
In consultation with the legal profession and other community links, the UTS Bachelor of laws is embedded with graduate attributes to get you work-ready and professionally skilled. Graduate attributes are embedded into all core law subjects, so not only will you learn the law, you’ll also learn and practise necessary professional skills such as oral presentations, teamwork and understanding ethical implications of different courses of action.
Find out more about UTS: Law graduate attributes.
Community Based Assessment
UTS: Law's creative and practical approach to teaching and learning and our strong industry links have led to the development of community based assessment. This means in some subjects, you can choose to be assessed in part through your work on real-life community projects, instead of on exams and essays, which is great for your experience and CV. "Designing courtrooms for children" and "writing advanced contracts for artists" are some of the challenging projects undertaken by our students to date.
Find out more about community based assessment.
Mooting is a mock-court experience. UTS: Law supports an extensive mooting competition program both nationally and internationally as an opportunity for students to gain an international perspective on their courses and careers. As a new law student, you will be encouraged to sharpen your mooting technique through junior level competitions run by the UTS Law Students' Society. As your talents develop, you will have the opportunity to apply for a range of competitive-entry, merit-based moots coached by key Faculty academics - including the much sought-after Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot and William C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (held in Vienna).
Mooting is an exciting way to gain high level courtroom skills and research experience and is managed by a Mooting Committee.
Find out more about the mooting competition program.
As a UTS: Law student, you have access to state-of-the-art modern facilities and services. We have a purpose-built moot court and trial courts to practise your legal arguments, and law designated computer labs available for extended hours. Lectures are conducted in large air-conditioned multimedia theatres, with tutorials run in separate spaces to enable small group work and research. The Haymarket building, where the Faculty is located, is wireless so you can access the internet at any time on your laptop for free.
The Haymarket building has cafes, coffee kiosks, comfortable lounge areas and study spaces, and outdoor courtyards for relaxing between classes and catching up with friends.
Find out more about the facilities and support.
You will graduate with a degree that accurately reflects changing global market trends in areas such as commercial law, intellectual property, telecommunications, media and international law.
We also offer exciting opportunities to gain international experience as part of your degree. You can undertake subjects at international universities through our exchange program to further enhance your employability and gain valuable international experience. Studying on exchange provides an exciting way to gain intercultural knowledge, skills and experience. International study opportunities are available in countries such as Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK to name just a few.
UTS: International has more information on exchange programs for students going from UTS.
Our mentoring programs are tailored to ease your transition into Law School. The First Year Peer Mentoring program provides a great medium for new students to connect with their peers and senior law students, and an opportunity to develop their legal study skills.
In addition to the First Year Peer Mentoring program we also run an International Students' Mentoring program and a High Achievers Mentoring program. The High Achievers Mentoring program matches top performing students with influential members of the legal profession. Mentors involved in this program include: retired High Court Justice Michael Kirby, The Hon. Kevin Lindgren QC, and Judge Ann Ainslie-Wallace.
Find out more about UTS: Law mentoring programs.
Scholarships and Prizes
In addition to UTS scholarships, UTS: Law offers over $190,000 worth of scholarships to our students annually. UTS: Law also recognises the achievements of its students each year by awarding over $25,000 in prizes and awards annually.
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Central Business District (CBD) Location
Doing a Law degree at the inner-city Haymarket campus puts you right in the middle of everything. You are close to trains, the light rail, monorail and the buses, and if you drive in you are eligible for a student discount from many of the parking stations on Quay Street.
Strong Alumni Network
UTS: Law has a global network of over 12,000 alumni. Our graduates are represented in all professions, legal and non-legal, both nationally and internationally.
Find out more about UTS: Law alumni.
We partner with leading legal institutions and commercial companies, providing opportunities to network, engage and develop our industry-leading Faculty. We regularly host networking events and careers seminars and actively consult with professional bodies on emerging trends and needs in legal education. Our excellent relationships with the professions, industry and the community are facilitated in part through our centres and institutes, which support, develop and promote activities in existing or emerging fields of strategic relevance and importance.
Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)
AustLII, a joint facility of UTS and UNSW Law faculties, provides free access to 256 databases of Australasian legal material via the internet, and is part of the worldwide network of legal information institutes participating in the free access to law movement.
AustLII’s most recent major international initiative is the Asian Legal Information Institute (AsianLII), which allows users to search 169 databases containing legislation, case-law, law reform reports and legal journals from 28 Asian countries and territories. The initiative is supported by ausAID and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, and involves partner organisations in 7 Asian countries as well as regional supporting institutions including APEC’s SELI Coordinating Group, ADB and LAWASIA.
Find out more about Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) (opens an external site).
Communications Law Centre (CLC)
In 2010, UTS: Law launched an innovative and influential centre of communications and media research and advocacy. The centre conducts leading research, policy, law reform, education and advocacy that support the public interest in the communications media and provides online law and policy resources, opportunities for research projects and community-based activities.
Find out more about the Communications Law Centre.
Anti-Slavery Australia (ASP)
The ASP is dedicated to eliminating slavery in all of its forms through a range of direct service and advocacy programs. If you are interested in doing a research project as part of your law course, or just volunteering for the experience, the ASP can directly benefit from your assistance.
Find out more about the Anti-Slavery Australia (opens an external site).