Masters Degrees and Graduate Diplomas @ Sydney Law School

Welcome from the Dean

The Sydney Law School offers one of the largest range and number of units of study at the postgraduate level in law in Australia, reflecting today’s high demand for specialist legal skills and the increasing globalisation of legal services. One of the vital assets of those who practice law is the ability to adjust to contemporary legal issues as they arise. It seems there has never been a greater demand for legal advice and analysis and fresh approaches to legal problem solving than in this first decade of the 21st century.

The challenge presented by global warming, and the climate changes that are a consequence of it, require creative legal solutions; Australian trade measures must comply with the rules of the WTO and with the interlinked web of bilateral, regional and international trade agreements; intellectual property rights need protection both within Australia and globally; the jurisdictional reach of criminal laws extend to the acts of Australian armed forces overseas and also to those of directors of foreign corporations.

Australian lawyers need specialist legal training to respond to these demands. Indeed, the International Legal Services Advisory Council has recently reported to the Commonwealth Attorney General that 16 % of legal services provided by the Australian legal profession are now exported. It is very likely that this trend will continue, underscoring the need for legal training that fully prepares lawyers for the range of international and legal skills they will need for the future. For those of you taking postgraduate courses, I hope that you find them relevant and stimulating. Others of you will undertake further degree by thesis. I know that my colleagues on the Faculty will provide supervision of your research to give you the direction and intellectual depth that original scholarship can bring.

Professor Joellen Riley
Dean, Sydney Law School