Welcome from the Dean
Since it began in 1975, the UTS Faculty of Law has developed a strong reputation for the quality of its legal education. We are known for our academic rigour, practical skills and our ability to adapt to the changing needs of the legal landscape. We understand the impact of technology on the practice of law and we have adapted our curriculum and co-curricular activities to ensure that our graduates will be confident about the future legal environment.
Over the last ten years, the Faculty has become one of the leading law schools – recognised both nationally and internationally, for the quality and impact of its research. Through our research we seek to achieve positive social change in areas of contemporary relevance and need.
Our commitment to social justice permeates all that we do. We are committed to ensuring our students thrive and we offer opportunities for students to access education in a supportive environment to ensure their success. We also emphasise that, as lawyers we have an ongoing responsibility to ensure justice is observed.
Since our first Faculty of Law Strategy in 2013 we have grown and evolved considerably - in our profile and reputation, our broader engagement, our legal education and our research. This new Strategy reflects that growth as well as the UTS 2027 Strategy. Our vision to be a leading law school continues but it is a dynamic ambition and we will continue to innovate and change. However, our values remain fundamentally the same: we are committed to maintaining a strong collegial environment, respecting and valuing the contribution of all members of the Faculty.
Professor Lesley Hitchens GAICD
Dip.Teach (AMC), LLB (UNSW), BA (Macq), LLM (London)
Welcome to Law at UTS
Professor Lesly Hitchens, Dean, Faculty of Law: Whilst it's true that the future of law and the future of the legal profession are changing, at UTS Law we are at the forefront of thinking about the new possibilities that come with these changes, and we are determined to prepare you our students to enter into this new future, well equipped and ready to succeed. We don't quite know what that future looks like, but we are helping you to be confident that you can negotiate it. Hello, my name is Lesley Hitchens, and I have the privilege of being the Dean of the Faculty of Law here at UTS. My role is to have overall responsibility for the Faculty, for the academic staff, and for the students. About four years ago, we started a series called the Future of the Legal Profession, and with my colleagues we investigated each year what the changes to the profession mean, how we could adapt, and how we can help you in your studies. So, while these changes are something to be mindful of, we believe they aren't something to be afraid of. Instead we can see them as an opportunity to be welcomed, and one that we are prepared for. In fact, many of our alumni are already leaders in this field. As you will learn during your time here at UTS, we are here to help you get ready for the work. Creating and developing your professional identity is an essential part of the future of work. Some of you will choose to practice law, some of you will not, however, your law degree will have value wherever and however you choose to use it in the future. Regardless of which career path you choose, it is vital that you consider and develop your professional behaviour. Do you behave ethically? Do you manage your relationships with others? Do you conduct yourself responsibly and appropriately? How do you organize yourself? Do you manage your time? It's so important that you begin to think about and start acting on these principles throughout your daily activities at university. Through your studies we will guide you and support you in developing those key attributes, and this is a really exciting time to be starting as a law student here at UTS. It is a wonderful faculty, a faculty in which we are a community together, in which we support one another, we share a genuine sense of camaraderie and collaboration, and we genuinely want you to succeed. I hope that you will find your time here a really rewarding and rich one.