Areas of study
Ranked 14th in the world, UNSW Law School is Australia's leader in progressive and rigorous legal education and research. Grounded in black letter skills and inspired by principles of justice, we study law in action and make a difference in this world.
Why choose UNSW Law?
When you study Law at UNSW you will:
- Set yourself apart with a degree from the Law School ranked 14th in the world
- Experience the law in action with Australia’s largest program of internships and legal clinics
- Study, engage and debate in smaller seminar-style classes instead of lectures. UNSW Law pioneered student-focused, interactive teaching in small classes in Australia
- Adventure overseas for an exchange. We have direct links with more than 80 leading international law schools
- Add international experience and legal knowledge to your study program with one of our two- to three-week overseas electives at Berkeley, New York, Shanghai or Vanuatu
- Challenge yourself with a progressive curriculum that sets a new benchmark in legal education
- Go behind the scenes at our own community legal centre and assist real clients
- Get the preparation you need for the workforce with our Careers Service
- Settle into study with free peer tutoring and the LawPLUS mentoring program
- Make friends for life through the active and inclusive student Law Society (LawSoc)
- Learn from former judges, industry professionals, international scholars and award-winning teachers
- Be a highly sought-after graduate with connections to a dynamic alumni network
Our undergraduate law program is the Law dual degree.
If you have finished high school (or equivalent) and you don’t have a university degree, but you want to practise law as a solicitor or barrister, you can apply to study our Law dual degree. The qualification you receive at the end of your degree is a Bachelor of Laws (LLB).
Read more about Undergraduate study.
Our UNSW JD (Juris Doctor) program is for graduates who want to practise law. This is a postgraduate program.
If you have graduated from university with a bachelor degree in any discipline other than law and you want to practise law as a solicitor or barrister, you can apply to study law in our UNSW JD (Juris Doctor) program. The qualification you will receive at the end of your degree is the Juris Doctor (JD).
Read more about the UNSW JD.
Our Master of Laws (LLM) is a flexible, world-class postgraduate program that offers graduates the opportunity to develop an advanced and contemporary understanding of one or more areas of legal study, to ultimately acquire further expertise and enhance career aspects.
The LLM is open to law and non-law graduates. A key feature of the UNSW study experience is the opportunity to engage, network and learn from fellow students and teachers – are more diverse student cohort benefits our students with interdisciplinary perspectives in their fields.
The LLM does not qualify you to be admitted to practice law in Australia but is designed to expand knowledge and develop expertise across eight cutting-edge and in demand areas of specialisation.
- Corporate, Commercial & Tax Law
- Criminal Justice & Criminology
- Dispute Resolution
- Environmental Law & Sustainable Development
- Human Rights Law & Policy
- International Law
- Media, Intellectual Property & Technology Law
- Chinese & International Business & Economic Law
Read more about postgraduate study.
Our postgraduate research programs are for graduates who want to undertake in-depth research in an area of law. They include the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Laws by Research.
Read more about research programs.