About the Law School

University of Sydney Law School

Redefining Tradition

The University of Sydney Law School is one of the world’s leading law schools, with a ranking of 13 in the QS World Universities Rankings for the discipline of law. With more than 150 years’ experience, Sydney Law School is committed to excellence in legal education, which we demonstrate in many diverse ways.

Research Excellence

Sydney Law School is an international leader in legal research, led by globally recognised legal educators, world-renowned researchers and highly respected professional practitioners.

The research undertaken at the Sydney Law School is world class, and has a global impact. This is evidenced by the Sydney Law School receiving the highest possible rating of five, in the Australian Research Council 2015 and 2012 Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) outcomes reports

We place particular emphasis on international and comparative law while also maintaining a strong focus on taxation, commercial, corporate and criminal law. We offer research expertise in specialist areas such as climate and environmental law, as well as health and medical law.

Legal Leadership

We attract the brightest students, and a University of Sydney law degree will challenge the best of you. Our students are at the forefront of their field and will be the global leaders of tomorrow. They graduate ready to take on leadership roles in many fields, both within and outside of law.

Our Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree is offered as part of our Combined Law program, providing the opportunity to study law in combination with some of the University’s most comprehensive and challenging degrees. Our Juris Doctor builds on our tradition of academic strength in the core areas of law and international law, to give you a competitive advantage in the legal world, both in Australia and overseas.

Industry Relevance

Sydney Law School offers one of Australia’s largest and most specialised coursework and research programs in law, with 80 percent of units offered on an intensive basis. The coursework program reflects the latest developments within the practice and profession of law.

Domestic practitioners and international visitors teach 60 percent of the program ensuring that our teaching is informed by current practice relevance and leading edge ensuring our graduates will be able to use information effectively in a range of contexts.

Our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) initiative, Professional Plus+, offers busy professionals the chance to sample our program for CPD points or engage with our Law and Business Seminar Series.

Alumni Engagement

A Sydney Law degree can take you anywhere. Our alumni can be found in legal and non-legal roles around the world. We have a reputation for excellence built over more than 150 years of teaching, researching and practising law; a reputation which opens doors. Sydney is an innovator in the legal world. We have produced five prime ministers of Australia (as of December 2015) and were the first Australian law school to admit women (three of only four female high court judges in Australia graduated from Sydney Law School).

International Engagement

We are part of a highly regarded group of international law schools that includes Oxford, Cambridge and Tsinghua. Our students have an unrivalled opportunity to gain international experience and transfer the skills and knowledge they learn at the University of Sydney into an international career.

The Sydney LLB and JD are the only Australian law degrees that require students to complete two units of study in international law. Our exchange program includes partnerships with law schools across North America, Europe and Asia, while our offshore program offers Australia’s most comprehensive collection of overseas intensive units of study in law.

Award-winning Building and Facilities

Located only minutes from the CBD and legal precinct in Australia’s most dynamic city, our flagship New Law Building represents the next generation of teaching and research in law. With seven levels, it offers the highest quality facilities and is internationally recognised for its sustainable modern design.