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Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

UQ employability program lauded in national awards

A University of Queensland student employability service has won a prestigious 2016 Australian Financial Review Higher Education Award.

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Student Employability Team (BEL SET) recently won the employability category ahead of finalists from the University of Sydney, Marcus Oldham College and Bond University.

UQ employability program lauded in national awards

Pictured from left to right: UQ Chancellor Peter Varghese AO, BEL SET Director Rhea Jain and UQ Provost Professor Aidan Byrne (Photo: UQ)

In their report, the judges said employability was an increasingly important issue for universities.

“The University of Queensland is to be commended for its systemic, embedded approach to boosting employability, and the demonstrable results it has produced,” they said.

UQ Provost Professor Aidan Byrne said UQ Law students in particular ranked the highest nationally in securing graduate full-time employment.

“I congratulate the BEL SET team for this outstanding result, which should give great confidence to future students considering studying business, economics or law at UQ,” Professor Byrne said.

“The BEL SET program challenges students to develop employability skills from enrolment, throughout their studies and as graduates.

“This strategy was recognised as a flagship program in the UQ student strategy 2016–2020 and was also applauded by the Group of Eight which featured it in their journal this year.”

Director Rhea Jain said the award was a reflection of the hard work and dedication of her team, who all drew from extensive experience in recruitment consulting and talent acquisition within the industries the students aspired to enter.

“Our programs are run in partnership with employers so our students learn directly from industry experts and gain real-life experiences through industry placements and professional development opportunities,” she said.

“Last financial year we placed 1800 students with almost 600 employers and supported thousands of students by providing 150 employability workshops or events in partnership with more than 100 employers.

“The program is only 18 months old and this award is further confirmation we are on the right track and will provide momentum for us to continue to develop and refine the program.”

In 2015, the BEL SET team doubled student engagement in its programs.

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Friday, August 14th, 2015

It would be a crime not to laugh

Failing an exam at the University of Queensland is no laughing matter.

That is, unless the failed exam is being lampooned and parodied to a packed Schonell Theatre in the annual Corrs Chambers Westgarth UQ Law Revue.

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Left to right: Jimmy Jessup (Convenor), Nicki Murray (Video Director), Joy Qin, Henry Bretz, Will Baxter, Steele McMahon, Katie Wheatley, Henry Meehan, Izzy Belonogoff (Photo credit: UQ)

Every year, the revue has thousands of law students, alumni, legal professionals and members of the public chortling, and in 2010 it won Australia’s best university law revue sketch.

This year, GPA V: The UQ Law Revue, is set to be another evening of clever humour, if its Behind the Seens preview video is a guide.

However, revue convenor and fourth year Law and Journalism student James Jessup said the production had a serious side for law students, with their notoriously demanding workload.

“Legal students suffer rates of depression three times higher than those of other students,” he said.

“The UQ Law Revue plays a vital role in fostering a positive environment. It definitely has a grounding effect on those who sometimes get lost in the competitiveness of the degree.”

Mr Jessup said it was ironic that a serious area of study like law continuously produced people who went on to careers in professional comedy.

“Nearly every Australian comedian was a law student,” he said.

The 2015 revue video director Nicki Murray said the production highlighted the importance of recognising the shared difficulties of studying law.

“Seeing the everyday stresses of law school parodied on stage and in videos shows students that they aren’t alone, and it can really make students feel part of the law school community,” Ms Murray said.

“Plus, a good belly laugh is a great way to boost mental health—laughing releases a lot of feel-good endorphins!”

The production involves an extensive cast, a video team, a band, backstage assistants, set builders and costume and make-up artists, who all come together to form a tight-knit community.

Past revue audiences have been graced with the presence of “Tony Abbott,” “Kim Jong-Un” and “Snoop Dogg.” So, what can audiences expect this year?

“Absolute hilarity,” Mr Jessup said. “We have a lot of jokes on politics and observational humour. We have an amazing band, and each one of our chorus members sings better than Susan Boyle.

“Our videos have a high production value this year as we are now partnered with College Humor Australia.” (Watch here: GPA V: The UQ Law Revue, Behind the Seens of the Music Video).

“We are working on making our content relatable to all students,” Mr Jessup said.

About the Bachelor of Laws at UQ Law School

Program: Graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application Deadline: November 30, 2015

Entry Requirements for UQ Law School

To be eligible to apply to the University of Queensland Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry), you must have the following:

  • Completed or be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 75%

It is recommended that you apply for the UQ Law School’s LLB program if you have achieved a minimum cGPA of 75%, as above. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply and that your application outcome will be determined by the university. Each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study.

The LSAT is not required for entry.

Apply to the University of Queensland Law School!

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

UQ Law Professor to help guide legal responses to domestic violence

A University of Queensland Law School professor will lead a team to develop a national domestic violence tool to improve the outcomes of domestic violence court cases throughout Australia.

Professor Heather Douglas from UQ’s T.C. Beirne School of Law will lead the domestic violence bench book project in partnership with the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration.

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Professor Heather Douglas from UQ’s T.C. Beirne School of Law will lead the domestic violence bench book project in partnership with the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (Photo credit: UQ)

The bench book, commissioned by Attorney-General Senator George Brandis, will be developed in line with the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.

Professor Douglas said family violence laws varied between states, and there was no legal benchmark to respond to domestic violence.

“Family violence does not have state boundaries and there are a range of different legal responses to it,” she said.

The bench book will be a comprehensive online tool for judges across Australia, covering civil and criminal legal responses in federal, state and territory jurisdictions. It will promote best practice and consistency in judicial decision making in cases involving family violence.

“This is a significant project with great potential for assisting the judicial treatment of family violence-related matters in all Australian courts.”

The project will aim to improve consistency in judicial approaches to family violence throughout Australia.

About the Bachelor of Laws at UQ Law School

Program: Graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application Deadline: November 30, 2015

Entry Requirements for UQ Law School

To be eligible to apply to the University of Queensland Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry), you must have the following:

  • Completed or be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 75%

It is recommended that you apply for the UQ Law School’s LLB program if you have achieved a minimum cGPA of 75%, as above. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply and that your application outcome will be determined by the university. Each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study.

The LSAT is not required for entry.

Apply to the University of Queensland Law School!

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Learn more about UQ Law School’s LLB program. Contact OzTREKKs Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada), or shannon@oztrekk.com.

Friday, May 15th, 2015

UQ law students bound for the United Nations

Two University of Queensland students will travel to New York next month as part of a bid to increase student participation at the United Nations (UN).

Students Sidney Sneddon and Samuel Bullen and Senior Law Lecturer Dr Alan Davidson, all from UQ’s TC Beirne School of Law, will attend the week-long UN Commission on International Trade Law’s working group session on electronic commerce.

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Dr Davidson has been a regular delegate and participant at the UN since 2011, and is part an independent committee working to increase Australian participation at the United Nations.

He said he hoped the program would pave the way to increasing Australian student and academic participation at the United Nations

“We hope this trip can be a starting point to allow students to regularly have a chance to see how the UN works.” he said.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn more about international trade law and the UN process for those who wish to pursue a career in international law.”

Miss Sneddon said the opportunity would be a fantastic way to see what she was learning in international trade law being put into practice.

“It definitely highlights the fact that the TC Beirne School of Law has some of the most respected professionals teaching its students,” she said.

Dr Davidson, an electronic commerce law expert, said international traders increasingly used electronic versions of traditional bills of lading or bills of exchange to transfer goods and money.

“These are worth billions of dollars, and there is a corresponding need for agreed international standards.”

Ms Sneddon and Mr Bullen were chosen from a group of 12 high-achieving law students to attend as observers for the working group session.

Dr Davidson is the author of The Law of Electronic Commerce and is about to publish a new book, Social Media and Electronic Commerce Law. He is a member of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law National Coordination Committee for Australia.

About the University of Queensland Law School Bachelor of Laws

Program: Graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application Deadline: November 30, 2015

Entry Requirements for UQ Law School

To be eligible to apply to the University of Queensland Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry), you must have the following:

  • Completed or be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 75%

It is recommended that you apply for the UQ Law School’s LLB program if you have achieved a minimum cGPA of 75%, as above. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply and that your application outcome will be determined by the University of Queensland. Each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study.

The University of Queensland Law School does not require the LSAT for entry.

Apply to the University of Queensland Law School!

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To find out more about studying law in Australia and at the University of Queensland Law School, contact OzTREKKs Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston. Phone Shannon at (toll free in Canada), or email shannon@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

UQ Law students to fight for tenants’ rights

Queensland tenants’ rights will be better protected thanks to a new specialist Tenancy Law Clinic, the first of its kind in Queensland.

The clinic is a joint project between the UQ Pro Bono Centre and Tenants Queensland, made possible by $50,000 in funding from The Ian Potter Foundation.

The clinic is the focus of the latest UQ News TV episode:

UQ Pro Bono Centre Director Monica Taylor said the clinic would involve senior UQ law students providing residential tenancy law assistance to Queensland tenants.

“The student clinic will greatly benefit the community by providing access to justice for highly vulnerable tenants, including single parents, refugees, people living on social security and people in marginal housing,” Ms Taylor said.

“Law students will benefit by gaining legal practice experience in tenancy law, helping them build important practical skills that are difficult to develop in the classroom.

“Residential tenancy law is an area that many law students, being renters themselves, are familiar with.

“This clinic will allow students to use their legal skills to help Queensland tenants at risk of eviction and homelessness.”

Tenants Queensland Statewide Coordinator Penny Carr said the group appreciated the support from The Ian Potter Foundation and UQ.

“Tenants Queensland has experienced a rising demand for our services,” she said.

“This clinic will increase our capacity to meet tenants’ needs while providing an opportunity for us to participate in the education of up and coming Queensland legal practitioners.”

The clinic will begin in March 2015 and will operate every academic semester for a period of three years from Tenants Queensland premises in Brisbane.

About the University of Queensland Law School Bachelor of Laws

Program: Graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 3 years

Entry Requirements for UQ Law School

To be eligible to apply to the University of Queensland Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry), you must have the following:

  • Completed or be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 75%

It is recommended that you apply for the UQ Law School’s LLB program if you have achieved a minimum cGPA of 75%, as above. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply and that your application outcome will be determined by the University of Queensland. Each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study.

The University of Queensland Law School does not require the LSAT for entry.

Apply to the University of Queensland Law School!

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

UQ Law School graduates to participate in pro bono partnerships debate

The University of Queensland (UQ) is taking part in two forums that will explore ways of strengthening cross-sector partnerships to improve the delivery of pro bono legal services to the community.

UQ Pro Bono Centre Director Monica Taylor said the forums in May would focus on building a stronger pro bono culture and best practice in the conduct and coordination of pro bono work.

“It is vital for the centre to be aware of and promote issues about best practice for pro bono service delivery,” Ms Taylor said. “Our ability to provide meaningful pro bono opportunities for law students depends on the strength of our partnerships with the legal profession.”

The events will feature a range of speakers and panellists chosen for their pro bono experience and will demonstrate the variety and depth of pro bono work.

“These are professionals who can communicate their passion for the work they do and reinforce the message that pro bono work is an essential part of delivering access to justice for community members,” Ms Taylor said.

The first event, to be held on May 1 as part of the UQ Alumni Lecture Series, will focus on the work of UQ Law School graduates involved in different areas of the access to justice sector.

“In this session we’ll explore individual panellists’ motivations for pro bono work, discuss their career choices in law and the reasons they were drawn to broader issues of access to justice,” Ms Taylor said. “It will also show how important integrated pro bono services are to delivering legal assistance to those in need, and how each of the various sectors—private, community and government—has a role to play.”

The ability to access legal services regardless of an individual’s financial means is a fundamental principle of the Australian legal system.

For many marginalized members of the community this is only made possible through the provision of free or reduced fee pro bono legal assistance.

Recent research quantifying the extent of legal need in Australia has called for a more holistic and integrated approach to the provision of pro bono legal services.

The second event, on May 13, will be co-hosted by the UQ Pro Bono Centre, the Queensland Public Interest Clearing House (QPILCH) and the Bar Association of Queensland to mark National Law Week.

Keynote speakers Professor Pascoe Pleasence from University College London and National Pro Bono Resource Centre Director John Corker will provide an international and national perspective on legal need and best practice pro bono service delivery, and a panel Q&A session will discuss issues in a Queensland context.

The UQ Pro Bono Centre Director added that the audience will hear different perspectives—from a barrister, law firm and a community legal centre—about what they consider to be best practice pro bono work. The panel will also examine integrated service delivery, training for practitioners involved in pro bono, and the different ways that might improve pro bono partnerships.

About the UQ Pro Bono Centre

The opening of the UQ Pro Bono Centre in 2009 formalized UQ Law students’ participation in the provision of pro bono legal assistance. The centre has a range of partnerships with the legal profession, including with the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH), the Caxton Legal Centre and Legal Aid Queensland. The centre’s Patron is The Hon Paul de Jersey AC, Chief Justice of Queensland.

About UQ Law School

The University of Queensland Law School is a long established and leading Australian law school. The law school is committed to providing high quality undergraduate and postgraduate legal education, and of contributing to the production of lasting and cutting-edge research.

The law school’s student body comprises of approximately 1,800 high achieving students from a diverse range of backgrounds and nationalities. Law students are well served by two representative bodies: the University of Queensland Law Society (UQLS) and the Women and the Law Society (WATL).

The three-year, graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Queensland is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and deep understanding of legal principles and institutions that is distinguished by its rigour, depth and conceptual sophistication. Education in the law will include not only a thorough understanding of the concepts, principles, policies and values that underpin and permeate the law both in Australia and in other jurisdictions, but will also see students develop a critical and reflective attitude to the law, and more generally, a capacity for sustained critical analysis, thought and argument.

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