School of Law

School of Law

Our unique approach to legal education will provide you with a critical and questioning attitude, broad perspectives and skills and knowledge valuable in a diverse range of legal careers.  You will learn by doing via our professional skills subjects and our unique internship program. At the School of Law, we know that it’s just not what you learn that counts, it’s how you learn it.

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Two UOW Law students offered Associateships with Judge Virginia Bell on the High Court

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UOW Law students Lachlan Auld and Nathan Johnston have been offered highly competitive Associateships with Judge Virginia Bell on the High Court during 2018 and 2019.

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Law academic’s PhD chosen for Oxford University Press publication
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The Australasian Tax Teachers’ Association last week announced that the PhD thesis selected for publication by the Oxford University Press for 2017, is that of UOW law lecturer Dr Caroline Dick. Caroline’s thesis - Sumptuary Law by any other name: manifestations of sumptuary regulation in Australia, 1901-1927 – takes a much broader view of ‘taxation’ than might otherwise be understood and raises important issues about the history and social and economic impact of taxation in Australia.

Caroline sought to ‘unpick the past rhetoric of masculinist tariff policy and to repopulate the previously narrow narrative of taxation history by [re]placing women, albeit as victims, within its discourse’. Her thesis provides a contemporaneous account of the taxing policies of the post Federation period and highlights the strong symbiotic relationship between taxation and protectionism. It suggests that the imposition of taxation during the period she studied in post Federation Australia until the beginning of the Great Depression, was not just about raising revenue and that it is obvious that projects such as the taxing of public amusements were also undoubtedly clad with the impulse for moral regulation.

This highly competitive and prestigious selection is overseen by the Association’s Doctoral Series Editorial Board. The selected publication was announced at the conference dinner held of the Association, held this year at the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). 

Associate Professor Julia Quilter sheds light on the consequences of politically driven law making at TEDxUWollongong

School of Law Academic Associate Professor Julia Quilter had the opportunity to present her talk, 'When is criminal law the answer?' at the recent TedxUWollongong event, held at iAccelerate. In her talk, Associate Professor Quilter explains why creating new offences should be a last resort, reserved for cases where there is a genuine gap, using topical examples of the so-called ‘One-Punch’ and ‘Lockout Laws’ – just as the restrictions in the Lockout Laws have been relaxed in January 2017. Watch her full talk below, and read more about her research in this article from The Stand.

Funding awarded to support refugees in the Illawarra from early 2017

Refugee families in the Illawarra region will receive free legal and administrative support under a new initiative created by the Legal Intersections Research Centre (LIRC) called Volunteer legal support for refugees in the Illawarra.


Samantha Burgio (Illawarra Multicultural Services), Vimala Colless (Wollongong City Council), Professor Nan Seuffert (UOW), Dr Niamh Kinchin (UOW) and Melva Crouch (UOW).

2016 Goldring Lecture 

The 2016 Goldring Lecture was presented by
Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM, Governor of Tasmania on Wednesday 26 October 2016.

The $10,000 Goldring Scholarship was awarded to Ammy Lewis.

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Women of Impact

Three academics from the School of Law have been recognised as part of the UOW Women of Impact Initiative:

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25 Jan 2017'Delaying tragedy': the Bourke Street deaths and the push to change Victoria's bail laws’, The Guardian, featuring Associate Professor Julia Quilter

17 Dec 2016'NSW one-punch alcohol fuelled violence legislation isn't working, legal experts say, The Canberra Times, featuring Associate Professor Julia Quilter

16 Dec 2016 l ‘Callinan review largely backs Sydney lockout laws, but alcohol’s role in family violence is a blind spot’, The Conversation, featuring Associate Professor Julia Quilter