About us

Learn more about our top-ranking faculty.

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Welcome to UNSW Law & Justice 

UNSW Law & Justice is a top-ranking faculty and a global leader in law and criminology education and research, setting the pace in Australia for 50 years.   

We ranked 13th globally for law in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and 16th in the Employer Reputation category by subject. In the most recent round of research excellence rankings, UNSW received an ERA rating of 5 for law, the highest possible score.   

We're inspired by principles of law and justice and grounded in well-established legal skills. UNSW Law & Justice is committed to social justice and human rights, and to making a difference in this world.

Teaching & research excellence 

Our outstanding teaching, research and student support attracts the most talented academics, researchers and students from Australia and internationally.   

At UNSW Law & Justice, we focus on student-centred and research-based teaching. Our graduates have flexible skills, critical perspectives and broad horizons to help them thrive in an ever-changing world. Our research is interdisciplinary, collaborative and leads to real change in public policy development, the justice system and the law.  

Our comprehensive and innovative range of degrees includes traditional areas of law as well as new and emerging fields. In 2021 we added criminology to our programs. We work hard to ensure that students can tailor their education and emerge 'career ready' with practical skills for the contemporary workplace.   

We offer education for all career stages: undergraduate law double degrees, undergraduate criminology streams, Juris Doctor for graduates, postgraduate coursework, postgraduate research and continuing legal education short courses.

Our values

  • Teaching law and justice

    in an interactive, collaborative, inclusive and intellectually rigorous way with a practical emphasis.

  • Seeing law and justice

    differently through challenging assumptions, welcoming diversity, encouraging interdisciplinary perspectives and advocating justice for all in accordance with our commitment to social justice.

  • Researching law and justice

    in a manner that is reform oriented, practical and interdisciplinary, showing our passion for intellectual inquiry that enriches our teaching programs and higher research degree supervision.

  • Modelling law and justice

    in a way that is pluralistic, tolerant, respectful and receptive to evolving community views, educational practice and the needs of the profession, public sector, community and business.

  • Living law and justice

    with a commitment to academic freedom, professional ethics, excellence and 'a keen concern for those on whom the law bears harshly'.

Accreditation

We offer three professional practice programs: Juris Doctor (JD) for graduates, Bachelor of Laws (LLB) for undergraduates, and Practical Legal Training – Graduate Diploma in Legal Professional Practice (GDLPP). The degrees are accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) and satisfy the academic component for admission to practice as a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW.

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