When Macquarie Law School was established in 1972, it became the third oldest Law School in New South Wales. Since then, Macquarie Law School has made its mark in legal education: undertaking innovative research, fostering interdisciplinary approaches to the law, promoting social justice and enhancing understanding of fundamental legal rules and institutions.
Macquarie Law School's vision is to provide an outstanding legal education, based on a commitment to intellectual rigour, social justice, access and equity, and diversity, as well as values and ideals of ethics, service and professionalism. We prepare our graduates to promote justice, actively engage with and contribute to their communities, and become leaders in a multiplicity of fields, including private legal practice, industry, commerce, government, education, and community services.
MLS seeks to be a supportive and inclusive community constituted by its academic and general staff, students, alumni and affiliated members of the legal profession, working together as partners at all levels including learning and teaching, research/scholarship, and community and professional outreach and engagement. It is founded upon a robust culture of innovation, intellectual excitement and inspiration, empowerment, active engagement, open communication, respect and collegiality and we aim to maintain this environment in all aspects of our work.
We strive to provide a learning environment that equips students to become lifelong learners by integrating strong discipline-based knowledge, legal theory and the development of professional and generic capabilities. Our graduates are to excel at critical and analytical thinking, possess excellent communication and research skills, and to be reflective and independent learners.
A hallmark of all our programs is a commitment to the interdisciplinary study of law and law in context through the incorporation of cross cultural, comparative and international perspectives. In achieving its vision, consistent with Our University: A Framing of Futures, MLS fosters excellence in teaching and research through academic staff members who are active researchers and teachers engaged in ongoing inquiry, reflection, discussion and dissemination of knowledge and ideas.
The students who choose to study at Macquarie Law School are not only intelligent, but well-rounded. Their experience of Macquarie Law School's unique teaching and learning environment equips them to conquer an array of challenges in their professional and personal endeavours. We are very proud of our graduates. So many have obtained exceptional positions when seeking employment; the legal profession in particular is filled with the names of many distinguished Macquarie Alumni.
Often critical to the Macquarie Law School experience is interaction and involvement with the Macquarie University Law Society (MULS). MULS is one of those inimitable organisations that appreciates the importance of ensuring that students receive more than just a degree, by providing students with experiences that make them multi-skilled, highly capable and ambitious individuals.
Our distinguished alumni include some of Australia's leading judges, managing partners of national law firms and academics. As an alumni member of the University graduates are offered the opportunity of ongoing support for their career development and an array of graduate services and benefits, including access to the library and databases to assist them in potential further study. There are many opportunities to stay connected to Macquarie and the alumni community. For more information visit the Alumni Relations website.
Some of our distinguished alumni:
Sebastian Hartford Davis
Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours, University Medallist)
Associate to the Chief Justice of Australia
"My UAI permitted me the choice of other universities, and my grades would have allowed me to transfer, but not once have I regretted my decision to study at Macquarie. The campus was beautiful, the Law School was full of inspiring scholars and like-minded students, and the sporting, academic and social opportunities were diverse. I have travelled all around Australia, Europe and East Africa with the support of the Law School and the University. Macquarie allows a person to excel as an individual, in their own way, with the only barrier to success being your own work ethic."
Bachelor of Business Administration with Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours)
Lawyer, Allens Arthur Robinson
"I think the key strength of Macquarie's law program is that it is not just a "black letter" law degree. The program not only teaches students what the law is and how it should be applied, it also teaches students to critically analyse the law and to ask questions about why it's like it is, how it has evolved, where it's going, and how it can be improved. Now that I have been in practice for several years, I see how valuable Macquarie's approach has been. I find it fundamental in my role to constantly critique the law and understand the context in which it operates."
The Hon. Rob Stokes MP
NSW MP for Pittwater (Liberal Party)
"Macquarie Law School has earned a reputation as one of the leading university law schools in Australia. Over the past 30 years, Macquarie Law has developed a unique brand of legal education that examines law in its wider context. The Macquarie approach has forged a degree particularly suited for lawyers wanting to pursue careers in policy and government, and not just the commercial practice of law. I loved my time at Macquarie, and strongly recommend that you consider Macquarie Law as your first choice in legal education."
Barrister-at-law, 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers
"Choosing to study law at Macquarie was one of the best decisions I have made. My teachers were both knowledgeable and inspiring. In addition, the way subjects were taught, with a focus on both the theoretical and practical aspects of law, gave me an excellent grounding and has helped me to approach each case creatively and critically. Finally, Macquarie has an international program that is second-to-none, which meant that I was able to spend a subsidised year on exchange at the University of Copenhagen. I couldn't recommend it enough."
Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner (International), Clayton Utz
"Macquarie law graduates are unique because of the way they develop effective solutions to problems and provide advice to clients. They are willing to challenge assumptions, articulate their reasoning and defend their conclusions. Why? Because at Macquarie students learn how to think about the law, how it operates and why - not just about the law. In my experience this is what enables Macquarie graduates to make a real difference."
The Law School has significant research strength in the areas of environmental law, encompassing both its international and domestic application, and the broad discipline of international law generally. Its research concentrations also extend to the broad field of public law, with a specific focus on issues of legal governance and regulatory frameworks in a globalized context, philosophical and theoretical approaches to human rights and ethical challenges, and mechanisms for enhancing access to justice and equality. In the private law area, research focuses on the law of obligations governing the interactions of individuals and entities in a range of social and economic contexts.
Our researchers and academics are at the forefront of legal research and development; engaging with other researchers nationally and internationally, as well as with government, the profession, industry stakeholders, and community groups. These efforts directly benefit our students, permitting them insights into cutting-edge thinking throughout their studies and enhancing their abilities to think critically about the law's interpretation and application.
Staff at Macquarie Law School also actively engage with the community - locally, nationally and internationally. Our staff have provided pro bono advice on legal matters, undertaken consultancies with government agencies, UN offices, private firms and international organisations, undertaken outreach activities with local high schools and community groups, among other things. Macquarie Law School staff engage with the media in commenting on national and world events. Many staff members have been office bearers in professional associations. Our academics always ensure that their research connects with the world around them and can enrich the experience of the students they teach.