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Orientation for Law & Justice Students


Khushaal Vyas

Khushaal Vyas says he chose Law at UNSW based on the Faculty’s pursuit of social justice, something he feels very passionate about.

He says the Law School’s social justice projects and initiatives provided some of the most memorable and rewarding aspects of his degree.

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Regie Ann Gardoce

Practical Legal Training (PLT)

Practical Legal Training (PLT) is an essential requirement for admission as a lawyer in Australia, and at UNSW we provide you with a unique, career enhancing program. Hear from Regie Ann Gardoce talk about her PLT experience and download our brochure to find out more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Online Learning

How can I get detailed guidance on how to take online courses? Who can I speak to for help?

Start by visiting the UNSW Transitioning to Online Learning website. Our Nucleus Student Hub Team can also provide support as well as your course teachers.

Are the final exams going to be held online?

UNSW has quickly transitioned to online learning and adjusted assessment tasks appropriately to online. Each class may have different assessments, so jump onto Moodle to find out more and make sure you read the course outlines, which will give you a better sense of how the course will be run.

Are there opportunities to take overseas courses?

Not yet, the timeframe is unclear at this moment. The University is following the lead of the Government of lifting restrictions on overseas travel. Once changes have been made to these restrictions, UNSW Law will investigate these options when suitable and safe for participants.

Are there any specific apps or software I will be required to downloaded?

Your course convenor and teachers will provide clear details on what platforms/websites/apps will be needed to participate in classes. This may differ for each course so please reach out to each of your course convenors through Moodle to find out what is required.

Do I need to attend my tutorials at the specific time that is on my timetable or can I watch them at any time online?

You must participate in your class at the specified time (Australian Eastern Standard Time – AEST) unless your course convenor or your teacher has advised that a class is not compulsory or has been recorded. Some classes are unable to be recorded due to student privacy.

Please reach out to your course convenor or your teacher to find out what you are expected to do and what access is available for live classes and recorded classes.

Do you have any tips for online learning and balancing uni work and your personal life?

  • Establish your study space away from distractions and pay attention to ergonomics.
  • Try and stick to a routine, setting out your day as if it is a workday is a great way to keep on top of things.
  • Make sure you take breaks and go outside, find your escape from “work” this could be exercising, reading a book outside, art, gaming anything that switches you off from work.
  • Check in with family and friends and create a good network that allows you to feel supported.
  • Reach out to your course convenors or tutors if you need help, we want you to succeed and can help if needed.

We have created this website for you, with tips to help ensure that you continue to succeed in your studies.

Careers and internships

Orientation for Law & Justice Students

UNSW Law has a dedicated Career Service, offered exclusively to UNSW Law students to assist you in maximising your employability in whatever career path you choose to pursue.

UNSW Law Career Service


What opportunities are available to students through UNSW Law Careers?

UNSW Law is committed to supporting students and our dedicated Law Careers Service is available to assist you. Our UNSW Law Careers team offers seminars on preparing for clerkships and graduate positions, drafting job applications and career planning. We also host panel discussions throughout the year showcasing a broad range of legal industry professionals to keep our students informed about current and emerging issues with the legal industry.  To find out more www.law.unsw.edu.au/students/careers


What opportunities are available to International students through UNSW Law Careers?

UNSW Law are committed to supporting international students and our dedicated Law Careers Service is available to assist you. Our UNSW Law Careers team offers seminars on preparing for clerkships and graduate positions, drafting job applications and career planning. We also host panel discussions throughout the year showcasing a broad range of legal industry professionals to keep our students informed about current and emerging issues with the legal industry.  To find out more https://www.law.unsw.edu.au/students/careers.


What career opportunities are there after getting a law degree?

A law degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities in a myriad fields.

At UNSW Law we prepare our students for careers in business, media, the arts, science, education, engineering and government. Our alumni include judges, barristers, partners and solicitors in leading law firms, politicians, entertainers, academics and some of the most dedicated public sector and community sector lawyers in Australia.


Will there still be internships available this year?

We are currently exploring these possibilities; a lot of workplaces have also transitioned to online working environments and it makes it difficult to give definitive answers as much of this space has changed. Please keep in contact with your course convenors and discipline directors through Moodle for updates on internships available to you. Check out the UNSW Law website’s internship page for more information and current internships available.

Course and class enrolment


 When do course outlines become available and when does course content get released?

You should receive this information in week one of term through Moodle.


What should I do if a class I want to enrol in is already full?

You may find a class is full or on a waitlist for a course that has already met its enrolment capacity, if this has happened to you please reach out to us and we will do what we can to see if we can find space in the course for you or provide an alternative solution. Please reach out to the Nucleus Student Hub to discuss your options.


What marking system is UNSW Law school using? For example, many law schools in the US are currently using Bell Curve Marking system which evaluates students based on their rankings in class instead of the grades they got. Is Bell curve also applied in UNSW?

No, UNSW marks students to a standard. We generally expect that overall students’ marks may fit a bell curve, but we do not mark to the curve, and teachers moderate the marks by cross-marking and other means to ensure an even standard of marking is kept.


Who do I speak to about transferring course credits from another degree?

Credit will be assessed by student services and it is important that students submit their application for credit as early as possible (via https://student.unsw.edu.au/credit-transfer). Students can refer to the MyLaw student intranet (https://my.law.unsw.edu.au/current-students/my-academic-life/policies-procedures-and-student-forms) to see what they might be eligible for prior to submitting their application, or they can contact student services: https://student.unsw.edu.au/law


When should students select their courses for every term? Are there any notifications about when to select courses? If some core courses are at capacity and those courses are prerequisites to later courses, what is the advice for students?

Regarding enrolment/course selection, UNSW moved to annual enrolment when 3+ was introduced in 2019 and this allows students to enrol for an entire year in the courses they intend to complete each term. Annual enrolment usually opens around October, for example for 2021, annual enrolment opens on October 6th. In addition to annual enrolment, students must class register for their classes each term, this is when you pick the class times you wish to attend. Class registration opens 2-3months before the start of each term, class registration for T1 2021 for example, opens from November 23.


It is recommended that students enrol and class register as early as possible to avoid disappointment. In the event that students miss out on enrolling in a particular course, they can submit a full class request to student services who will endeavour to assist (via https://portal.insight.unsw.edu.au/web-forms/) the University sends out numerous communications about the various enrolment and class registration deadlines however, students should also familiarise themselves with the UNSW academic calendar https://student.unsw.edu.au/enrolment-dates


I am interested in exchange. Can I have some more details about this?

As a UNSW Law student, you can study overseas on an international exchange at leading law schools around the world. UNSW students do not pay any additional tuition fees to the overseas host institution and your law courses will be credited to your degree.

Completing part of your law program at an overseas institution is both a culturally rewarding and intellectually enriching experience. Students are eligible to go on exchange in their fourth or fifth year of an undergraduate degree; during the second or third year of a Juris Doctor (JD) program; or after you have completed 24 UOC in the Master of Laws. 

Start planning your overseas experience for when borders open again!  https://student.unsw.edu.au/exchange. We partner with a number of universities across the UK (and across the world!), search for the current list of partner unis here: https://student.unsw.edu.au/partners

Subscribe to the Learning Abroad News to receive regular updates on exchange information sessions and other international experiences including virtual and online opportunities: https://student.unsw.edu.au/globalnews

Clubs and societies

How can I get to know other students in a social way online?

Start by engaging with your peers and embrace group assignments, this is a great way to meet like-minded students. You can also join one of the many clubs and societies on campus and join online events that UNSW Arc run. The UNSW Law Society is our faculty’s dedicated student society, you can find out more through their facebook page or website.


Is there a UNSW Law Student Society?

Yes, the UNSW Law Society is our society that caters for all students completing a degree within the Faculty of Law. Please connect with them on facebook to join the conversation and register for society events.


Where can I find a list of other clubs and societies?

Arc is our hub for student life, volunteering, events and clubs and societies. Check out their website www.arc.unsw.edu.au or follow them on Facebook and Instagram, there are opportunities for everyone!

Key links and contacts

How can I contact UNSW Law & Justice for questions about study, academic support, financial support or health and wellbeing support?

Visit the UNSW Law & Justice Website’s useful contacts page, our friendly staff can assist you with any enquiries. The Law & Justice Student Services team are also available to help, ask a question anytime here.


More key links and contacts

More support

Orientation for Law & Justice Students


UNSW Law & Justice

UNSW Law & Justice provides all the support you’ll need to do your best in your studies and to make your studies fulfilling.

We’re committed to fostering a learning environment that provides our students with a world-class legal education.

We’ve got your back with study and academic support and financial aid, as well as health and wellbeing support.

If you have any questions about your program or would like to arrange a face-to-face meeting with one of our Program Directors, they can be contacted below.

Contacts in UNSW Law & Justice





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