Interested in Law?

Ranked No.1 in South Australia and in the top 125 in the world1, our professional law honours degree will prepare you for a dynamic and rewarding career in the legal profession.  

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 experiential opportunities, smaller class sizes, and mooting facilities, our degrees provide a learning experience that will take 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 placements across a range of professional settings. You will learn how to argue a case by developing your skills in reasoning, analysis, communication and advocacy, and how to act as an advocate in a mock court, as well as presenting before a judge. 

Recognised as world-class in law research2, you’ll be learning from experts at the forefront of the legal profession, and will also have the opportunity to select from an industry or a clinic placement, a law reform project or high-level research in your final year.

Double degrees

We offer many double degree combinations with law so you can specialise in two fields and expand your career prospects. In addition to our law double degrees, you can pair the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) with a wide range of UniSA degrees and tailor your qualification to your career interests. For more information, submit an online enquiry.

New graduate entry degree

If you already hold a bachelor's degree, you are now eligible to receive one year's worth of credit from your previous studies and complete our new Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Graduate Entry) in three years full-time (or part-time equivalent).

12021 THE Subject Rankings.   22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Key features

  • Study the Law degree ranked No.1 in SA and in the top 125 in the world1
  • Learn the fundamental principles of the Australian legal system and and graduate with honours in Law.
  • Undertake a professional placement, a law reform project or high-level research in your final year.
  • Explore a wide range of double degrees to gain a competitive edge and diversify your career prospects across two fields.
  • Get involved with the student-run Legal Advice Clinic and provide advice to clients under the supervision of a managing solicitor.
  • Experience our on-campus moot court and learn what it’s like to act as an advocate and present before a judge.
  • Leverage opportunities to participate in industry placements and overseas exchanges – we have more than 2,500 industry partners and over 60 university partners worldwide.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Law2.
  • If you already hold a bachelor's degree, you might be eligible to receive one year's worth of credit from your previous studies and complete our new Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Graduate Entry) in three years full-time (or part-time equivalent).

12021 THE Subject Rankings.   22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why UniSA?

  • Study the Law degree ranked No.1 in South Australia and in the top 125 in the world1.
  • 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 just some of the experiences you will enjoy as part of your studies.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Law2.
  • Access hands-on learning opportunities and connect with industry professionals right from day one.
  • Explore our wide range of grants and scholarships to support your studies.
  • We are consistently recognised and awarded for our excellence in teaching, the quality of our degrees and satisfaction of our students – there's never been a better time to study at UniSA.

12021 THE Subject Rankings. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

UniSA offers the following Law degrees

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No.1 RANKED LAW
DEGREE IN SA

2021 THE Subject Rankings

WORLD TOP 125
FOR LAW

2021 THE Subject Rankings

Your career

AA190312_1.jpgAs the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers1, our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

You will hold a desired skill set for a diverse range of careers including:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 adviser: 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
  • Solicitor (with further study): focusing on areas such as personal injury, family and tort law, criminal litigation, succession and inheritance, residential property and conveyancing, taxation and trusts

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA- founded universities only.

Global networks

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

In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, our research in law was assessed as world-class. We have strong links with leading and like-minded research institutions in North America, Europe and the UK, and are building equally exciting new relationships in Asia. 

Industry facts

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Careers as legal professionals in Australia are predicted to grow 15.9% by 2024.

Australian Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Projections, 2019 Occupational Projections.

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Opportunities for legal professionals are becoming more diverse, with a 61% increase in the number of lawyers working in corporate and government sectors.

Urbis, National Profile of Solicitors Report 2018.

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The legal profession in Australia is growing, with practising solicitors increasing by 33% over the past seven years.

Urbis, National Profile of Solicitors Report 2018.

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At UniSA you'll learn invaluable transferable employability skills to future-proof your career – see where our law degree could take you.

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What others are saying

"I decided to combine my studies in law because of my interests. 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

Laws Double Degree
Employment: Lawyer, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc

Law and Arts student, Philippa Jones

Philippa Jones

Laws Double Degree
<br />Employment: Lawyer, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc

"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)
Employment: Senior Analyst, SRG Partners

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Grace English

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
<br />Employment: Senior Analyst, SRG Partners

"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

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing
Employment: Federal Political Reporter, ABC

Matt Doran

Matt Doran

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing
<br />Employment: Federal Political Reporter, ABC

"UniSA embraces modern learning styles, provides exposure to professional development opportunities 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

Laws Double Degree
Employment: Lawyer, Mills Oakley

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Lachlan Merrigan

Laws Double Degree
<br />Employment: Lawyer, Mills Oakley

"Technology has certainly streamlined many aspects of the legal industry, traditional career paths and law firm structures are much more dynamic than they once were. It’s important to build transferable skills that are difficult to teach – that is, a willingness to work hard, the ability to lead by example, as well as a desire to learn and give everything a go. My advice is to remain true to your professional core values and skills, but don’t be afraid to embrace change. It’s also important to continue upskilling once you start your career. Consider all options and possible pathways to achieving your goal – in the modern business world, there are so many opportunities and ways of taking your career to the next level."

Olaf Borutz

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Employment: Legal Counsel: Sponsorship & Licensing Rights, UEFA Club Competitions

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Olaf Borutz

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
<br />Employment: Legal Counsel: Sponsorship & Licensing Rights, UEFA Club Competitions

“My degree helped me secure a professional role in a law firm while still studying – I focused on estate planning and litigation as a law clerk, then won my current position shortly after graduating. From reviewing contracts to going to court, my work is always changing, which I find is the best way to learn. Studying law at UniSA is fantastic because whether you wish to specialise in a particular area or practise general commercial law, you’ll be set.”

Daniella Carling

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Employment: Solicitor, Andreyev Lawyers

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Daniella Carling

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
<br />Employment: Solicitor, Andreyev Lawyers

Employers often tell us that UniSA law graduates show strength in taking initiative with a ‘can do’ attitude, and are prepared for the  challenges of the legal profession – this is testament to our teaching ethos and culture of engagement. Our industry connections allow students to hear from experts about how the law is applied, which adds an invaluable element to their learning.

Dr Michelle Fernando


Employment: Senior Lecturer, UniSA

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Dr Michelle Fernando


<br />Employment: Senior Lecturer, UniSA

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.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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A five star university

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