Welcome to the UTS Faculty of Law. We are a dynamic and innovative law school, which has achieved great success for the quality of its legal education and research in its relatively short history. UTS Law is located in the heart of Sydney in a cosmopolitan and diverse area, which is also the precinct for creative and innovative industries and a short walk away from the central business and legal districts.
The legal education we offer is shaped by our commitment to practice-oriented learning. This commitment informs our curriculum, teaching styles, classroom interaction and assessment as well as industry internships. It means that our graduates have a sound knowledge of the legal discipline and the skills and experience to ensure that they are work-ready.
We also help our students keep up to date with the new technologies they’ll need for their working lives. In 2018, we introduced our Legal Futures and Technology Major, the first of its kind in Australia. Our guiding principle is that even though we don’t know exactly what the future of law looks like, we will ensure our students are ready for all the possibilities whether pursuing careers in legal practice, locally and internationally, or in business, government, policy and advocacy.
At UTS Law we believe it is important for our students, as future professionals and leaders in their field, to develop an understanding of justice and a sense of service. Outside the classroom, we achieve this through our Brennan Justice and Leadership Program, which is a unique voluntary program managed by the Faculty and student body in partnership. Established in 2011, one in three of our students are registered in the program.
Since its establishment in 1977, UTS Law, like the University, has maintained a strong commitment to providing learning opportunities for those who, because of employment or other constraints, are unable to follow a standard timetable. This continues to be important to us. Our undergraduate and postgraduate programs offer flexibility in timetabling and subject delivery.
We are proud of our achievements in research which are continuously rated as above world standard. In 2019 UTS Law scored in the highest band for all three categories of the Australian Research Council’s EIA assessment review – engagement, impact and approach to impact. 42 universities were part of the inaugural review and UTS Law was one of only 6 to receive the grade of ‘high’ across all categories in the discipline of law.
The research we conduct is innovative and seeks to have a real-world impact. Our curriculum benefits from our academics who integrate their expertise and current research into their teaching. At UTS Law we believe that research must be conducted in a supportive and collaborative environment. We are committed to giving our Faculty members and our students – undergraduate, postgraduate coursework, and doctoral – the opportunity to develop and flourish. Our prestigious Quentin Bryce Law Doctoral Scholarships exemplify our commitment to supporting the next generation of researchers.
Above all, we seek to provide a nurturing and interactive learning environment. Our academics and our professional staff get to know our students by name. We ensure that those facing challenges are supported and that all of our students are provided with the opportunity to fulfil their goals.
Soon UTS Law will change location – moving into the futuristic new building on Broadway called UTS Central.
We are excited about the move and we look forward to welcoming you into our UTS Law community.
Professor Lesley Hitchens GAICD
Dip.Teach (AMC), LLB (UNSW), BA (Macq), LLM (London)