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Interested in Law?

Prepare for a dynamic career in the legal profession with a flexible and experience-based law degree from UniSA.  

You will learn the fundamental principles of the Australian legal system and obtain specialised knowledge through elective courses, allowing you to graduate with the skills to analyse and apply legal principles. Delivering practical learning, small class sizes, and courtroom-like facilities, our degrees provide a learning experience that takes you beyond the theory of law. 

You will be prepared for legal practice through practical learning experiences including mooting, negotiation, witness examination, the student-run Legal Advice Clinic and student placements in legal and other professional settings. You will learn how to argue a case by developing your skills in reasoning, analysis, communication and advocacy and gain experience 'at the bar' in a mock court and present before a judge. 

Offering double degrees and flexible trimester study options, we allow you to tailor your studies to your interests and needs, including opportunities for overseas study placements, as well as local and national internships and clerkships. 

Recognised as above world-class in law research1 and ranked number one in South Australia for overall satisfaction and good teaching in undergraduate law2, you’ll be learning from experts at the forefront of the legal profession. 

 12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  2QILT – undergraduate 2017.

Key features

  • Learn the fundamental principles of the Australian legal system and build a dynamic career in law. 
  • Get involved with the student-run Legal Advice Clinic providing advice to real clients. 
  • Experience practical learning in a mock court and get involved in industry placements throughout your studies. 
  • Gain a competitive advantage by combining law with another discipline and graduate with two degrees in just five years. 
  • Fast track your studies with our flexible trimester system. 
  • Leverage opportunities to participate in industry placements and overseas exchanges – we have more than 2,500 industry partners and over 60 university partners worldwide.
  • Our Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and awarded five stars in the QS Stars Business School Rankings.
  • Awarded five stars in the category Teaching and Student Quality in the QS Stars Business School Rankings.
  • Ranked No.1 in SA for overall graduate satisfaction in law2

1UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 163 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, July 2016.  2QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016.

Why UniSA?

  • We make it our business to provide you with opportunities to gain practical experience. Mooting (mock trials), legal negotiation, legal drafting and witness examination are some of the experiences you will have from your very first year
  • Fast-track your degree with flexible trimester study options, allowing you to complete a bachelor's degree within three years,
    or a double degree within five years
  • Participate in the Business Career Mentor Program and be paired with a legal professional to help you build professional networks and your career
  • With strong real-world connections, learn from academics and researchers whose research is recognised as above world-class1 
  • UniSA is in the top five ranked institutions in Australia for teaching, international outlook, research and industry income2. Because of our experience, we know that employers look for graduates who can apply theory to real-world challenges.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  2Times Higher Education (THE) Top 200 Under 50.

UniSA offers 14 Law degrees

Choose your level of study

Your career

Employment for legal professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 17.8 per cent between now and November 20201. Careers to consider: 

  • Personal solicitor: focusing on areas such as personal injury, family and tort law, criminal litigation, succession and inheritance, residential property and conveyancing, taxation and trusts
  • Law clerk: performing clerical work for courts and legal practices such as organising jury and witness lists, maintaining order in courts, executing court orders, processing court documents, documenting court proceedings
  • Judge’s associate: working closely with a judge in and out of court; conducting legal research; liaising with court staff, the legal profession, government departments, the press and the public; ensuring the effective and efficient conduct of the judge’s court
  • Mediator: facilitating negotiation and settlement between disputing parties by providing direction and encouragement; working collaboratively with the parties and finding creative ways to reach a mutual solution
  • Policy advisor: analysing policies and their effects to provide advice and guidance to governments and organisations; offering strategic policy and planning advice on programs and operations; reviewing, developing, and implementing policies and strategies

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. 

Our Business School works with more than 200 companies, governments and organisations, and many of these are long-standing relationships built on common goals and shared values. 

In the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) rankings, our research in law was assessed as above world-class. We have strong links, individually and collectively, with leading and like-minded research institutions in North America, Europe and the UK and are building equally exciting new relationships in Asia. 

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What others are saying

I decided to combine my studies in law with international relations because I have an interest in politics, history, and international affairs. To further expand my studies, I travelled overseas and undertook a program at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. The program benefited my studies by adding a global perspective, allowing me to understand international law and human rights from a UN and EU perspective.

Philippa Jones

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

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Philippa Jones

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

I have found studying a law double degree at UniSA to be extremely engaging. My lecturers are wonderful and they are committed to helping their students succeed, which makes studying at the university even more enjoyable. The degree focuses on the practical application of theory, preparing you for professional practice and making transition into the workplace smoother.

Grace English

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

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Grace English

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

In 2013 I had the opportunity to cover and report on the Federal Election, which was an amazing and exhausting experience. An 8 week campaign took a lot of energy and resources from our Bureau, and it was great to travel around the country and experience the diversity of Australia's cities and regions. The combination of journalism and law gave me the strength to take vast amounts of information on complex issues like the election, and distil it into something an audience understands.

Matt Doran, Political Reporter

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing
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Matt Doran

Matt Doran, Political Reporter

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing
Employment: ABC Canberra Press Gallery

UniSA embraces modern learning styles, provides exposure to professional development opportunities, such as the Business Mentoring Program, and integrates real-world projects into the classroom. I was also able to complete an internship overseas with the United Nations, working on the Khmer Rouge Trials. This diverse learning experience will help me pursue a career in international law.

Lachlan Merrigan

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

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Lachlan Merrigan

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017