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Why study at UOW

Law at UOW aims to produce outstanding graduates who are informed, independent, effective and responsible problem solvers and communicators. We are dedicated to teaching excellence and engaging students in a practical, intellectually rigorous and satisfying learning experience.

We deliver a world-class degree that provides a thorough grounding in the law, as well as a real-world focus on the essential practical skills and the social and ethical context in which the law operates.

We are committed to social justice and providing a legal education which engages with the complexities of law's intersection with society.

Graduates receive a practical and contextual legal education that prepares them not only for traditional careers in the legal profession but also for a wide range of careers in government, business and community organisations - as leaders, innovators and problem solvers.

World-class law

  • The Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2018 as the best university in New South Wales and the ACT for undergraduate Law and Paralegal Studies.
  • The Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2018) ranked UOW Law 85th worldwide, 8th in Australia and 3rd in New South Wales.
  • UOW is also ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Law in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Find your why 

Dean of Law, Professor Colin B. Picker, tells us about law at the University of Wollongong.

Why study Law

 

  • All UOW Law students are required to undertake a compulsory internship as part of their studies, so students can apply their legal knowledge to real-life situations. UOW is the only university in NSW to require this experience. 
     
  • We provide an integrated first-year curriculum and support program that was awarded the 2015 Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. This prestigious national award recognises UOW Law’s premier first year experience and the tremendous collegial effort of the first year team to support our students.
     
  • Our teachers include some of the most distinguished and experienced academics and practitioners in Australia, including our Judge in Residence, the Hon. Terry Buddin S.C., former Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW.
     
  • Students have the flexibility to choose from a range of specialisations as well as a number of double degree options, so you can tailor your study experience and your career goals. 
     
  • You will be recognised for admission as a lawyer in Australia, subject to completing state-approved Practical Legal Training. 
     
  • UOW Law has several study abroad arrangements with other law schools in Europe, North America and Asia where students can add a global perspective and knowledge of a new culture to their law qualification. 
     

Where can I study Law at UOW?

 

Overview of careers

We encourage you to explore your interest area and will help you carve out your career options. A UOW Law degree can take you anywhere: the destination is up to you.

  • Barrister
  • Commercial Lawyer
  • Criminal Defence Lawyer
  • Diplomat
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Government Lawyer
  • In-House Legal Adviser
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Legal Consultant
  • Magistrate
  • Media Lawyer
  • Policy Adviser
  • Politician
  • Prosecutor
  • Research Officer
  • Solicitor in Private Practice or a Community Legal Centre

UOW is in the top 1% for graduates as rated by global employers: UOW is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world for the quality of our graduates, ranking in the 151-200 band in the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

CF Testimonial - Law Aug 2017

I would love to be a barrister because advocacy has always been my strong point, but it’s only early days. I want to use law as a tool to connect diverse groups within the community to achieve social justice and equality.

Cohben McMahon
Bachelor of Laws 

Anna Zhou LHA Testimonial

The research and analytical skills I learned through my law degree have been invaluable. Being able to understand the research process and to articulate those findings in a precise and persuasive manner, while at the same time remaining objective, are critical. It’s really important to figure out what you enjoy and what your strengths and weaknesses are and choose a degree to complement that. The flexibility that I found at UOW has helped me get to where I am today. 

Anna Zhou
Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws, 2011
Analyst, National Australia Bank 

Yvonne Apolo

My PhD explores the relationship between Australian privacy laws and our everyday use of digital technologies. These laws are now required to function in a world where we make visible increasing amounts of personal information. 

Yvonne Apolo
Lecturer in the School of Law
PhD Candidate

Luis Gomez Romero

From Mexico, Madrid, Montreal and now Wollongong, I feel the work I do here is important in terms of educating students and discussing ideas openly... to get more people involved in the debate about how laws are made and legal decisions arrived at, the first step is getting them thinking about legal issues and feeling they have the right to voice an opinion about them.

Dr Luis Gómez Romero
Senior Lecturer in the School of Law 

Luke Zadkovich

University is about developing well-rounded self-starters. Thinkers. Leaders. Those willing to challenge the status quo in whatever field. Whether it is in the effective student-centred learning focus of the Law School, the healthy clash of ideas in Politics classes or the perennial yearning to find logic in a complicated world in Philosophy sessions, my experience is that UOW creates such graduates in abundance.  

Luke Zadkovich
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) / Bachelor of Arts (Politics) (Distinction), 2004
Co-founder of Floyd Zadkovich LLP, New York and London

James Goudkamp Law Testimonial

For many, achieving success in the world of academia can take years; even a lifetime. Not so for UOW alumnus Dr James Goudkamp, who – little more than a decade after graduating from his bachelor’s degree – has risen to the rank of Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the prestigious University of Oxford. Read his story here. 

Dr James Goudkamp
Fellow and Professor, Keble College
University of Oxford, England

Julia Quilter Law Testimonial

As a leading expert on criminal law and justice, Associate Professor Julia Quilter has been pivotal to the debate about new laws aimed at curbing alcohol-related violence. Read more about her research here

Associate Professor Julia Quilter
School of Law