Environmental law Law, security and intelligence

Environmental law Law, security and intelligence

Managing the environment has become a key concern of our time, so those who protect it are crucial for a sustainable future.

At Macquarie, you’ll explore environmental law from the perspectives of human interactions with the environment, the importance of economic pressures on policymaking in the environmental debate, and the role of sustainable development.

Careers in environmental law

  • environmental advocate
  • environmental policy adviser
  • business development adviser
  • compliance officer
  • consultant
  • lawyer
  • researcher
  • resource consultant/adviser


Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Juris Doctor 

The Macquarie LLB and Juris Doctor are accredited with professional bodies regulating the admission of law graduates to legal practice. The Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor provides the appropriate qualification for admission to practise as a lawyer throughout Australia.

In addition to completing a law program at an accredited institution such as Macquarie Law School, the profession (via the LPAB - Legal Practitioner's Admission Board) requires all law graduates to complete a period of Practical Legal Training (PLT) including further study (Coursework Component), Continuing Professional Development Units (CPD Component) and supervised experience in a legal practice (Work Experience Component), before being admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor. This typically takes six months to one year to complete, and usually involves options to study full-time, part-time and online through various institutions.

To be qualified as an Australian Legal Practitioner in New South Wales, a solicitor or barrister also requires a Practising Certificate issued by the Councils of the Law Society of New South Wales or the New South Wales Bar Association respectively. Similar bodies and systems of accreditation exist in the other States.

Professional experience

At Macquarie, learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. Through the PACE program you can gain unique practical and professional skills working in environmental law well before you graduate.

If you're interested in studying Environmental Law at Macquarie University you can choose a PACE unit from a range of disciplines and complete a placement in an environmentally focused context.

"I gained a greater understanding of how environmental organisations function, and the conversation surrounding such political topics. Additionally, I now understand the characteristics needed of a person in this field; for one, it is not all about your academics but more so diligence and sacrifice. It allowed me to think not just as a student but as an active member in the community, and gave me the opportunity to think about how my skills and my degree could be used now and once I have graduated. Additionally, it gave me the tools to assist in developing my graduate and professional capabilities." – PACE aluma Brianna worked at The Nature Conservation Council's Environmental Liasion Office.

No matter what you decide to study at Macquarie, PACE has an opportunity available for you. Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

Student experience

Claire Cantrall

Claire Cantrall

Bachelor of Environmental Management* with a Bachelor of Laws

*renamed Bachelor of Environment

“I studied law at Macquarie because of the great staff and excellent reputation for interdisciplinary studies for law. I chose my double degree because I have always been passionate about advocacy and have a strong sense of social justice. I have also been fascinated with environmental science from a young age. In studying my degree, I learnt balance, to think critically and that the law is a dynamic beast. To work within it you need to be a lifelong learner.”

Since graduating, Claire has become a barrister practising primarily in family law.

Watch video from the Macquarie Law School Information Evening where Claire Cantrall shared her student experience at Macquarie.

Guy Dwyer

Bachelor of Science with Bachelor of Laws

"[At] Macquarie University I was equipped not only with extensive and deep knowledge of the disciplines…but also an ability to apply that knowledge in practical situations. In particular, by studying law in an interdisciplinary fashion, I feel capable of assisting people with questions about what the law is and how it can be reformed so as to deliver more effective and just outcomes for stakeholders."

"I have been able, as a result of my studies at Macquarie University, to secure what are widely regarded as prestigious graduate roles: first, working for a Judge as a tipstaff or legal researcher and secondly, working as a graduate lawyer with a top-tier law firm.”

Macquarie University Law Society (MULS) 

The Macquarie University Law Society (MULS) is a representative body for all law students at Macquarie University. The Society operates to enhance the Macquarie Law degree by assisting students in personal and professional development and providing opportunities for students to participate in competitions, publications, socials and sporting events. All law students at Macquarie are members of MULS.

Our expertise in environmental law

Associate Professor Shawkat Alam

Associate Professor Shawkat Alam 

Associate Professor in Law

Associate Professor Alam’s teaching and research expertise are in the areas of international law, international environmental law, international trade and sustainable development. He is the Director of the Centre for Environmental Law and has served as an International Expert for United Nations Industrial Development Organisation’s Quality Support Programme in Bangladesh and engaged in consultancy and community work in Bangladesh.

Centre for Environmental Law 

The Centre for Environmental Law provides a platform for research into the dynamic areas of environmental law. The Centre is committed to excellence in research and builds upon the strengths and expertise of its academic staff in a variety of areas.

Macquarie Law School offers more than just a law degree

Macquarie Law School prepares you to think beyond textbooks to open the way to a world of careers. Our industry focused programs and supportive learning environment will give you the valuable skills and knowledge to achieve your career goals.

It explores human interactions with the environment; environmental management issues being faced in Australia and globally; and the importance of economic, legal and policy making on the environmental debate.

Watch the video and learn more about what you can study in Environmental Law and Management at Macquarie.

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