Students and alumni

Students and alumni

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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.

Macquarie University Law Society

Find out  how you can be supported by MULS (Macquarie University Law Society).  Visit the MULS website for information about upcoming events, publications and more ways to get involved.

Accreditation and careers

For information about accreditation or options for your future career, contact Macquarie Careers.

During your studies, you can enrol in our PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program to get a hands-on experience in the field.  Students from outside the department are encouraged to enrol in our People and Planet units. More information on these units can be found in the Handbook.

Undergraduate

Macquarie Law School focuses on innovation, active engagement, intellectual excitement and open communication. We aim to provide all students with an outstanding legal education and an inclusive community of staff, students and alumni.

Our programs will help you graduate with strong critical and analytical thinking skills and improve your communication and research skills.

Law school units

*  Session 1, 2018

Session 2, 2018

* Session 3, 2018

Course transfer information for current students

Students who would like to add Law to their program can apply for transfer.

Honours

Students meeting the CWA (course weighted average) criteria will be awarded first class honours or second class honours automatically.

Award of LLB with honours

The following provides information on the award of honours in law at Macquarie Law School. Students meeting the criteria for honours will be awarded honours automatically: they do not need to individually apply for honours.

Calculation of CWA

Eligibility for honours in the LLB is based in part on a student's CWA (Course Weighted Average). A student's CWA is calculated as follows:

  1. Multiply the unit mark for each graded LAW or LAWS unit attempted by the student by the value of that unit in terms of credit points;
  2. Sum the resulting values (weighted marks);
  3. Divide the sum of the weighted marks by the total value (in terms of credit points) of all graded LAW or LAWS units attempted by the student.

NB: when calculating a student's CWA no account is taken of the following:

  • units that are not graded (eg those assessed as pass/fail, such as LAW115 as currently offered)
  • units from which the student withdrew prior to the census date
  • units from which the student was permitted to withdraw without academic penalty.

Remedies unit

Students will not be eligible for honours in law unless they have completed LAW555 or LAWS555 (depending on whether they have completed LAW550: see below for details). Students who complete LAWS355 will not be allowed to graduate with honours in law.

Award of second class honours

Students who have completed all of the requirements of their non-honours degree will be eligible for second class honours if they have:

  1. attained a CWA of 71 or above, and
  2. met the additional criteria specified below.

The additional criteria depend on whether the student has completed LAW550 or has completed LAWS398 and LAWS399.

Students who have completed LAW550

In addition to attaining a CWA of 71 or above, these students must have completed either LAW555 or LAWS555.

Students who have completed LAWS398 and LAWS399

In addition to attaining a CWA of 71 or above, these students must have:

  1. completed LAW555, or
  2. met both of the following two requirements:
    1. completed LAWS555, and
    2. attained 24 credit points in LAW, LAWS or EXLW units at 500 level.

NB: For the purposes of calculating the 24 credit points, credit points attained as a result of completing LAWS555 may be included.

Award of first class honours

Students who have completed all of the requirements of their non-honours degree will be eligible for first class honours if they have:

  1. attained a CWA of 76 or above, and
  2. met the additional criteria specified below.

The additional criteria depend on whether the student has completed LAW550 or has completed LAWS398 and LAWS399.

Students who have completed LAW550

In addition to attaining a CWA of 76 or above, these students must have:

  1. completed either LAW555 or LAWS555, and
  2. attained a credit or above in one of the following units: LAW561 or LAWS561 or LAW564 or LAWS564.
Students who have completed LAWS398 and LAWS399

In addition to attaining a CWA of 76 or above, these students must have:

  1. attained a credit or above in one of the following units: LAW561 or LAWS561 or LAW564 or LAWS564, and
  2. met one of the following two requirements:
    • they must have completed LAW555, or
    • they must have completed LAWS555 and attained 24 credit points in LAW, LAWS or EXLW units at 500 level.

NB: For the purposes of calculating the 24 credit points, credit points attained as a result of completing LAWS555 may be included, as may credit points attained as a result of completing LAW561 or LAWS561 or LAW564 or LAWS564).

LLB honours flowchart

View and download the LLB honours flowchart.

Postgraduate

Macquarie Law School offers Masters Programs for students who have completed an undergraduate Law degree or wish to begin their study in law.

English Language Proficiency.  An IELTS of 7.0 overall with minimum 6.5 in each band or equivalent is required for entry into PhD, MPhil and MRes (Year 1 and Year 2) degrees.

Postgraduate Programs

Juris Doctor

Macquarie Law School offers the Juris Doctor for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and now wish to begin their study in law.

English Language Proficiency.  An IELTS of 7.0 overall with minimum 6.5 in each band or equivalent is required for entry into PhD, MPhil and MRes (Year 1 and Year 2) degrees.

Program of Study- Juris Doctor

Units of Study - 2018

Our alumni

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.

Graduate profiles

Some of our distinguished alumni:

Sebastian Hartford Davis 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."

Liana CrowneLiana Crowne

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."

Hon Rob StokesThe 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."

Joshua KnackstredtJoshua Knackstredt

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."

Stuart ClarkStuart Clark

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."

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