Law and Justice

Join Australia’s most employable law graduates

If you’re passionate about the law and want to make a powerful and meaningful contribution to the world, this is the degree for you.

With classes taught by internationally renowned thought-leaders and law practitioners, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the law and build practical and theoretical career foundations.

Hone your skills with Work Integrated Learning, including internships and job placements in leading firms and institutions. Our students graduate ready to hit the ground running, with our postgraduate students enjoying the highest rate of employment amongst Australian law faculties and UC graduates achieving an incredible 89% employment rate overall.

BE WORK READY WITH QUALITY TEACHING

NUMBER 1

for postgraduates in employment

UC’s Law and Paralegal postgraduates are ranked number one nationally for the percentage of graduates in employment

2018 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) report


5 STARS

for law graduate starting salaries

UC’s Law study areas rated 5-stars for starting salary

Good Universities Guide 2019


Top 3

generic skills development

UC’s postgraduate Law and Paralegal study areas rank in the top three nationally for generic skills development

2018 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) report

YOUR LIFE AS A LAW OR JUSTICE STUDENT

We don’t just teach you–we empower you to actively learn. Within the unique legal context of the nation’s capital–which covers both ACT and Federal jurisdictions–our students apply the law in a range of exciting contexts:

  • Experience the law in action through UC’s Moot Court - one of the first technology-orientated courtrooms in Australia
  • Assist qualified legal practitioners at the Legal Advice Clinic
  • Work with external agencies and law firms on 'real projects' to use your skills and knowledge in a practical way
  • Participate in a virtual work experience program and learn practical skills, including dispute management
  • Network with industry leaders, future employers and UC graduates in guest lectures and events
  • Make friends and build industry connections by joining your classmates in Issacs Law Society

Be part of our community

Isaacs Law Society

The Isaacs Law Society offers law and justice students the opportunity to meet each other and connect with professionals in the field at a series of networking, professional development, and social events.

International Mooting Competition

Join your fellow students at the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot Court Competitions in Hong Kong and Vienna. The tour is an excellent opportunity to test your knowledge and skills against the best law students from around the world.

Study abroad & exchange

Travel overseas and gain an international perspective for a semester or even a year. As an exchange student, you can study at one of our exchange partner universities. UC has partners in Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

Meet your teachers

Dr Lorana Bartels

Criminology

Dr Lorana Bartels

Supreme Court of NSW solicitor and former research and policy law professional at the Family Court of Australia, the NSW Attorney-General’s Department, and the Australian Institute of Criminology, Dr Lorana Bartels is one of Australia’s highest regarded legal academics.

Dr Bartels plays a leading role within the Canberra and national legal communities, serving on many advisory committees and boards including the ACT Government's Law Reform Advisory Council, Justice Reform Advisory Group, Justice Reinvestment Advisory Group, Behavioural Law Responses Expert Reference Group, the ACT Law Society's Criminal Law Committee and Prisoners Aid ACT and the International Mainstreaming Therapeutic Jurisprudence Advisory Group.


Dr Maree Sainsbury

Copyright and Designs Law

Dr Maree Sainsbury

Dr Sainsbury is a highly experienced academic whose research is broadly in the area of copyright and designs law, with a particular focus on moral rights and defences to copyright infringement.

As well as providing critical commentary on the Australian moral rights legislation, Dr Sainsbury has published on copyright history, focussing on the development of copyright law in Australian colonial times and the impact of these laws on literary authors and publishers.

Dr Sainsbury has also expanded her work into the field of research on the application of designs law, examining the application of Australian designs law to Indigenous designs, noting the limitations off the law and making recommendations for law reform.


Dr Dalma Demeter

Civil and Common Law

Dr Dalma Demeter

A former solicitor and barrister, Dr Dalma Demeter is now a prominent teacher and researcher at the University of Canberra.

The manager of UC’s e-Court, Dr Demeter is actively involved in law curriculum development and is also an arbitrator at the Willem C Vis International Arbitration Moot Competition.

The author of nine academic journal articles, Dr Demeter’s research interests include alternative dispute resolution with a focus on international commercial arbitration.

WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING (WIL)

Give yourself an edge in the competitive job market by getting your hands dirty with real-world work experience. All law and justice courses feature Work Integrated Learning units, giving you the unique opportunity to work alongside industry leaders and forge connections with local, national and international businesses.

Previous law students have worked with the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety, Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers, Conflict Resolution Service, and Victim Support ACT. Students have also completed overseas placements in the US at The Carter Center and the Office of the State Public Defender (California).

Justice Studies students can complete a 75-hour placement in places like the Commonwealth Ombudsman, Federal and ACT government departments, the Australian Federal Police, and community organisations, such as Victim Support ACT and Legal Aid ACT

"The University helped me develop as a person, and prepared me with practical skills that have helped in the workplace.
Skills like how to write a client letter, practising mooting in the e-Court and team work."

Michael McCagh, Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Politics and International Relations (2013)

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