The School of Law offers a high quality LLB degree which equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to pursue a wide range of professional careers, including legal practice, along with specialist postgraduate courses. The research conducted by academic staff and higher degree research students in the School of Law is distinguished by a strong commitment to interdisciplinary approaches and ‘real-world’ relevance, including in our intersectional legal research focused on social justice, and in our ocean resources and security legal research.
The Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong was established in 1990. The late Professor Jack Goldring, then a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission and formerly Professor and Head of the School of Law at Macquarie University, was appointed as Foundation Dean. He was succeeded as Dean by Professor Helen Gamble in 1995, Associate Professor Robin Handley in October 1999 and Professor Stuart Kaye in 2002 and in 2007 by Professor Luke McNamara. On November 1, 2012 Professor Warwick Gullett was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law.
We have attracted highly qualified staff from Universities in Australia and overseas and from the practice of law. We have a reputation for innovative research and have established, as our main research concentration, the Legal Intersections Research Centre, which researches at the intersections between law and other academic disciplines.
The School of Law at the University of Wollongong aims to produce outstanding graduates who are informed, independent, effective and responsible problem solvers and communicators. The School is committed to teaching excellence, engaging students in a practical, intellectually rigorous and satisfying experience. It strives to maintain legal research that is formally ranked above world class and rich in expertise, interdisciplinarity and international perspectives. Towards this mission, we seek international, national and local engagement on matters of law reform and professional practice to ensure the role of law in promoting ethical conduct, mutual respect and justice.
The School of Law offers a range of postgraduate programs including Masters and Doctorates by research.
The undergraduate law degree courses leading to the LLB and the sequence of subjects in Legal Studies seek to develop the capacity of students to learn on their own. This is consistent with the University's emphasis on teaching as the creation of an environment which assists learning. Students who study law at Wollongong will learn law, rather than be taught law. This may not always be easy - nor may it be what students expect.
Students at UOW in the law and legal studies courses, both during their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, will benefit from recent advances in legal education in Australia and elsewhere which have influenced the design of the courses and their component subjects. They will enjoy a friendly atmosphere which can only exist in a School which emphasises the study of law as a shared activity of students and staff.
The School of Law continually engages in an ongoing process of self examination, aiming to enhance learning opportunities by providing students with access to various other legal institutions and advanced learning systems. An aspect of this is access to a wide range of computing services.