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Information for students

Law courses are administered by UTS: Law. The information provided in this section is an introduction to the full range of information that is available and is not intended to be complete. Students are advised to visit UTS: Law and other UTS websites for more comprehensive information.

Location, contacts and inquiries

The Student Centres provide administration services, information and advice to students.

Haymarket Student Centre

CB05C
Building 5, block C, level 1
City campus, Haymarket
cnr Quay St and Ultimo Rd
Haymarket NSW 2000
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
Ask UTS

Broadway Student Centre

CB10
Building 10, level 2
235 Jones Street
Ultimo NSW 2007
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
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Postal address

UTS: Law
University of Technology Sydney
PO Box 123
Broadway NSW 2007
Australia

Faculty structure

The UTS: Law executive is led by the dean and is supported by two associate deans and the faculty manager.

UTS: Law is governed by the Faculty Board in Law which consists of ex officio members, elected staff members and elected student members. The Faculty Board in Law meets quarterly and is the formal decision-making body of UTS: Law. A number of faculty committees report to the Faculty Board in Law.

The UTS: Law Advisory Board comprises faculty management and representatives from the legal profession, government and the community. The UTS: Law Advisory Board suggests and scrutinises proposed initiatives as well as offering strategic advice and an external focus for UTS: Law.

Faculty policies and procedures

Progression and acceleration

Students are expected to follow the standard course progression. Students may seek permission from the director (students) (by way of eRequest) to enrol in subjects totalling more than 28 credit points a session if:

  • there is no timetable clash
  • maximum class size is not exceeded
  • the student's academic record indicates that he or she is capable of performing satisfactorily with an increased workload, and
  • the student can demonstrate that his or her work and other non-study commitments permit him or her to increase their workload without detriment to their studies.

UTS: Law cannot guarantee avoidance of timetable and/or examination clashes where students do not follow the standard course progression.

Timetable

The UTS Timetable Planner enables current and future UTS students to view subject timetables.

Class attendance

Study load and class attendance details are available in course duration and attendance in the general information section.

Guide to written communication

Essays and other written work should be prepared in accordance with the guidelines laid down in UTS: Law's Guide to Written Communication.

Unless advised otherwise by the lecturer, assignments must be typed and must also be properly written with due regard to spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax.

Unless otherwise instructed by the subject coordinator, all written work should include footnotes or endnotes and a bibliography in the manner set out in the Guide to Written Communication.

Any piece of written work which does not comply with these requirements may be:

  • required to be rewritten in proper form
  • penalised in marks, or
  • rejected without assessment.

Law Student Guidebook

The Law Student Guidebook (PDF 1.5MB) contains useful information about:

  • Study resources, such as course graduate attributes, legal writing and the library
  • Opportunities, including mentoring, mooting and the Brennan Justice and Leadership program
  • Student support, including the faculty's academic liaison officer for accessibility services, special consideration and student wellbeing
  • Administration matters, such as email communication, requests for extensions and exams.

Student facilities

UTS: Law library

The library aims to support the teaching, learning and research needs of students and staff at UTS: Law. The law collection consists of print and electronic sources while training and research assistance can be provided.

For information or assistance contact the UTS: Business and Law library team.

Computer labs

ITD provides computer laboratories for UTS students on all campuses.

UTS Law research

UTS Law research is defined by excellence and leadership in legal scholarship, making a critical contribution to understanding and teaching the discipline, shaping policy and lawmaking, and positively informing public debate. Areas of legal research where teams of researchers work together to meet these goals include:

  • law, health, justice
  • law and history
  • criminal justice
  • feminist legal research
  • international law and human rights
  • China law research
  • private law
  • legal education.

AustLII

UTS Law is home to the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII), which provides a unique legal research infrastructure for the Faculty. AustLII is committed to creating open access to legal knowledge through its research and related activities and has been in operation for since 1995. It has become one of the largest sources of Australian legal materials on the internet, with over 4,000,000 searchable legal documents comprising both primary materials (e.g. cases, legislation, treaties) and secondary materials (e.g. journals, reports).

Anti-Slavery Australia

Anti-Slavery Australia is an award-winning centre of the Faculty of Law and the only university-based legal, research and policy centre in Australia focused on human slavery, trafficking, forced labour, forced marriage and extreme labour exploitation. The centre develops leading research, advocates for key policy changes and law reform and delivers face-to-face and online training to frontline staff, students and organisations nationally. Anti-Slavery Australia also provides access to legal advice and representation for survivors of slavery, trafficking and extreme exploitation; and works with law students on a range of social justice initiatives.

Centre for Media Transition

The Centre for Media Transition (CMT) is an interdisciplinary research centre established jointly by the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS.

The centre investigates three key areas of media evolution and transition: journalism and industry best practice; new business models; and regulatory adaptation. The centre works with industry and public and private institutions to explore the ongoing movements and pressures wrought by disruption. Emphasising the impact and promise of new technologies, CMT aims to understand how digital transition can be harnessed to develop local media and to enhance the role of journalism in democratic, civil society.

Industrial training/professional practice

Admission to legal practice in Australia

Admission to the Supreme Court of NSW to practise as a lawyer in New South Wales is based upon the successful completion of an accredited academic legal qualification and an accredited course of practical legal training (PLT).

The UTS Bachelor of Laws (C10124) (LLB), Juris Doctor (C04236) (JD) and the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232) (GCPLP) are accredited academic legal qualifications.

Practical legal training

The Faculty of Law's PLT program is accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board of the Supreme Court of NSW (LPAB). UTS: Law was the first to offer an accredited PLT program in Sydney at a university level. The program comprises subjects which satisfy the competencies required by the Legal Profession Admission Rules 2005 and a practical experience work placement.

Further details regarding the structure of the PLT program can be obtained from UTS: Law.

International law graduates

Students who have been admitted to practise as a lawyer in a country outside Australia should have their legal qualification assessed by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB).

UTS: Law offers two courses to allow lawyers from a common law background to meet the LPAB requirements to practise law in Australia. Depending on the number of subjects required by the LPAB, candidates need to complete one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in Australian Law (C11211) requires the completion of four set subjects (30 credit points) and subject substitution is available for one subject only where it is approved. This course particularly suits lawyers from Canada, USA and the UK.
  • Graduate Diploma in Australian Law (C07073) is designed specifically to meet the requirements of the LPAB assessment. The course is designed for subject choices to be tailored to meet the needs of individual students in line with the LPAB requirements.

Students from a non-common law background may be required to enrol in the Juris Doctor (C04236), depending on the number of subjects required by the LPAB.

International lawyers who have received LPAB assessment of their law qualification and would like to receive a study plan which best suits their needs from courses offered by UTS: Law are invited to send a scanned copy of the LPAB assessment to SAU Admission with the admission application form. Student may contact UTS Student Centre via Ask UTS for further information.

Cross-disciplinary subjects

UTS: Law offers a range of cross-disciplinary law subjects — studies in various strands of the law for students not undertaking a law qualification but who wish to become familiar with the law as it affects their chosen profession. Through its cross-disciplinary program, UTS: Law offers subjects for students in the UTS Business School; UTS: Engineering and Information Technology; UTS: Health; and UTS: Science.

Cross-disciplinary students enrol in UTS: Law subjects through their home faculty and any inquiries should be made in the first instance to the UTS Student Centre.

Further information is available from:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
Ask UTS

Majors and sub-majors offered to students from other faculties

Majors

The following law majors are available within courses from other UTS faculties.

Sub-majors

The following law sub-majors are available within courses from other UTS faculties.

Some courses from other UTS faculties may also include law subjects not listed under any of the above majors and sub-majors; students should check the handbook entry for the course in which they are enrolled for further details or contact the appropriate UTS Student Centre.