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Established over twenty years ago in one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious universities, the School of Law provides its students with a world-class education for the twenty-first century. For those able to study on-campus, the School of Law provides students with the unique opportunity of studying in a university town. Students can live outside the university and experience the remarkable diversity offered by the town of Armidale, set in the magnificent New England region of New South Wales. Alternatively, many students choose to live in the University of New England’s famed residential college system, a tradition that draws its inspiration from the earliest universities in Europe. Academic staff of the School are members of College Senior Common Rooms which allows them to get to know students outside the teaching environment but the small staff-student ratio allows all on-campus students to feel part of the School of Law.

The School is also one of Australia's largest providers of off-campus education in law. With a history of distance education stretching over sixty years, our programs continue UNE’s tradition of combining strong academic credentials with the use of innovative, online teaching technology so that fully online programs are tailored to the needs of the modern off-campus student. UNE Sydney in Parramatta also provides the opportunity for off-campus students to interact with other students and staff through the latest technological advances, and in a number of units intensive schools are offered (non-compulsory) to allow students greater engagement with the unit.

The School of Law is staffed by over 25 full time academic staff with an impressive array of experience in academia and legal practice. Our research was rated at world standard in the last research assessment exercise in 2015, and staff use this expertise in their teaching to challenge students to achieve their best in their studies at UNE through undergraduate or postgraduate courses. We take great pride in our courses being rated highly in graduate satisfaction surveys, and our degrees have provided a platform for our graduates to succeed in a wide variety of post-degree careers, including legal practice, government, non-government organisations, business and academia.

Our academic year is divided into three teaching periods. Students can commence their law studies in each of these teaching periods. Admission information can be found at the Application and Admission dates page.

Some additional information for prospective external students

Exam centres

The university has an extensive list of exam centres around Australia and overseas for students who do not live in Armidale.

Attendance and the Moot requirement

LAW480: Remedies and Advanced Legal Skills, requires students to participate in a moot as part of the assessment, but if a student is unable to come to Armidale or a capital city where a moot is taking place (they regularly take place in Sydney and Melbourne) it is acceptable to employ video-conference facilities.