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.
Inspiring graduate, Deng Adut honoured at 2017 Alumni Awards
Four prominent University of Wollongong (UOW) alumni and four distinguished members of the University community have been recognised for their excellence, leadership, service and impact at the 2017 Fellowship and Alumni Awards.
Deng was awarded Young Alumni and has graduated with a Master of Laws (Criminal Prosecution) from UOW in 2014 before co-founding AC Law Group in Western Sydney where he offers free legal aid to troubled youth in Western Sydney. Deng’s law firm takes on at least two pro bono cases a week in the interests of fairness and justice.
The 2017 Goldring Lecture
Acting NSW Ombudsman, Professor John McMillan AO, visited the University of Wollongong (UOW) on Friday (13 October) to present the 2017 Goldring Law Lecture.
The annual lecture honours Jack Goldring (1943-2009), UOW’s foundation Dean of Law, who went on to become a highly-regarded judge at the District Court of NSW. He was motivated by social justice; an educator and leader in the university sector and a distinguished law reformer. To honour its founding Dean, the UOW Faculty of Law, Humanities and The Arts created the Jack Goldring Memorial Scholarship to uphold his commitment to social justice, education and law reform.
For the first time this year, two outstanding law students have been named recipients of the scholarship; Kimberlee Brooker and Michael Bainbridge.
The Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2017 as the best university in New South Wales and the ACT for Law and Paralegal Studies.
UOW Law has also been ranked 85th worldwide, 8th in Australia and 3rd in New South Wales by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2018).
Special Guest Lecture by The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG
UOW's honorary Doctor of Laws, Michael Kirby, discussed Australia's non compliance of international law on refugee's at a special guest lecture at the Wollongong campus on Tuesday 3 October.
UOW law student Mick Bainbridge, talks about his time serving in Afghanistan, the battles he has had with PTSD and how university has helped him.
It’s absolutely changed my outlook, it’s changed the way that I think about things. It’s been a healthy change,” he says. “It would be fair to say I was partly institutionalised after I came out of the military. I still see that with a lot of my former military mates.
University has helped me make that transition not only as an education, but as a member of society. In a sense, it’s morphed my whole being. It’s really been the thing that’s helped me survive and thrive.
If it weren’t for university, I’m fairly certain that I wouldn’t be moving towards a new career or moving towards a healthy mindset after being diagnosed with PTSD and depression after my service overseas.”
His full story can be read in The Stand.
Professor Terry Buddin appointed Inspector of LECC
In late June the NSW Governor approved the appointment of UOW's School of Law Professor The Hon. Terry Buddin SC to become the first ever Inspector of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC). The LECC is a new civilian oversight body that will exercise the functions that were previously undertaken by the Police Integrity Commission and the Ombudsman respectively. Terry Buddin is also Professor and Director of the highly practical Master of Laws (Criminal Practice).
UOW initiated family unification project to support Illawarra's refugees
University of Wollongong law students are leading community efforts to support Illawarra refugees and their families.
They will support refugees through a family unification project which Illawarra Multicultural Services (IMS) CEO Raquel Aldunate says is pivotal to the successful settlement of community members from refugee backgrounds.
Supporting the Unification of Refugee Families (SURF) is a collaborative project between UOW’s Legal Intersection Research Centre (LIRC), Wollongong City Council and IMS.
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.
Law academic’s PhD chosen for Oxford University Press publication
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.
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.
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).
Three academics from the School of Law have been recognised as part of the UOW Women of Impact Initiative:
22 Oct 2017 l 'How to get out of jury duty: Planets not aligning is not a good excuse ', The Sydney Morning Herald, featuring Associate Professor Julia Quilter
26 May 2017 l ‘Coroner’s Lindt Café siege findings to have consequences for criminal lawyers’, Lawyer's Weekly, featuring Associate Professor Julia Quilter
10 May 2017 l 'Former judge backs plan to stem 'tsunami' of criminal cases in NSW', The Sydney Morning Herald, featuring Associate Professor Julia Quilter
March 2017 l Donald Trump: Appease, submit or resist', The Stand, featuring Dr Luis Gómez Romero
25 Jan 2017 l '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 l '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