Social justice Law, security and intelligence

Social justice Law, security and intelligence

Eliminating discrimination and promoting equality, justice and fairness are just a few measures that would improve society.

At Macquarie, you’ll not only assess the rules and policies that shape contemporary social, economic and moral issues, but also learn the reasons behind them and what potential there is for change in the future – preparing you for careers in law, government, welfare and the private sector.

Careers in social justice 

  • consultant
  • lawyer
  • policy adviser
  • policy and development officer
  • politician
  • strategic campaigner
  • welfare advocate


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

The diversity and flexibility of Macquarie University's PACE program provides a broad range of activities for students and partners to undertake, no matter your varying circumstances, locations, needs and resources.

PACE enables you to work with an international partner without even leaving the campus. Social justice students used their legal research skills to support a Philippino NGO to challenge legislation which negatively affects the wellbeing of street children in the Phillipines - from right here on campus.

"Bahay Tuluyan is a relatively small organisation. We have limited resources and it is very difficult for us to gain legal resources within the Philippines. The PACE students allow us to do things we would not otherwise be able to do."– Bahay Tuluyan Director Catherine Scerri

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

Student experience

Hon Rob Stokes MP

Hon Rob Stokes MP 

Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Doctor of Philosophy

"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. I loved my time at Macquarie and strongly recommend that you consider Macquarie Law as your first choice in legal education."

The Hon Rob Stokes MP is the New South Wales Minister for Planning. He is also elected to the NSW Parliament as the Member of Pittwater in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and 2015.

Mr Stuart Clark

Mr Stuart Clark AM 

Bachelor of Laws

"As a Macquarie graduate, I continue to think about how the law operates, the impact it has on our society and why - not just about what the law is."

Mr Stuart Clark is a Partner at Clayton Utz and was elected as the Law Council of Australia's President for 2015, and as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. He was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday honours. Mr Clark is among the first graduating cohort of law students from Macquarie, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie Law School since 2010.

Mr Michael Greene

Mr Michael Greene 

Bachelor of Laws

"I have very fond memories of my time at Macquarie Law School. I am forever grateful for my broad legal education. Macquarie taught me the discipline of constructive inquiry, to think broadly and to work effectively in teams to solve problems. These are skills I still use every day."

Mr Michael Greene was recently appointment as Managing Partner of Henry Davis York (HDY), a renowned Australian law firm. He has had a distinguished career working with both public and private sector clients on disputes concerning contracts, tendering and procurement, fraud, intellectual property, directors and shareholders, corporate governance, administrative law, statutory duties and interpretation, road transport law regulation and enforcement.

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 social justice

Associate Professor Vijaya Nagarajan

Associate Professor Vijaya Nagarajan

Associate Professor in Law

With degrees in Law and Economics, Associate Professor Vijaya Nagarajan researches and teaches in the areas of regulation, corporate governance, sustainability and corporate responsibility, competition law and gender equality. She has published widely and undertaken several consultancies in these areas, including her current research consultancy with the Asian Development Bank on the design and implementation of pilot programs to economically empower Pacific women to engage in the private sector.

Professor Denise Meyerson

Professor Denise Meyerson

Professor of Law

Professor Meyerson is an active researcher in the areas of legal theory and theoretical and comparative human rights. She is currently researching political theories of human rights and theories of procedural justice. Her teaching role at Macquarie University involves convening and teaching jurisprudence in the Juris Doctor program. In her teaching, Professor Meyerson shows students how theoretical reflections on the nature of law and justice are relevant to resolving contemporary legal issues. Prior to joining Macquarie, Professor Meyerson was a Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town.

See Professor Meyerson's full profile

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.

Watch the video to learn more about Social Justice at Macquarie

4 reasons to choose law, security and intelligence at Macquarie

  • Law at Macquarie has been ranked in the top eight in Australia, and our interdisciplinary approach provides you with a critical understanding of the law, its development and its future direction.
  • Our law degree can be taken on its own or combined with several disciplines including finance, media, IT, commerce or psychology, to give you more varied career choices.
  • You'll learn from international security experts with years of practical experience.
  • Our staff have strong links with industry and are across developments in areas critical to industry and government.

The Juris Doctor program will develop your understanding of the Australian legal system, including:

Interdisciplinary approach to law

Macquarie Law School has a different approach to teaching law, according to Juris Doctor Program Director Shayne Davenport.

"We see ourselves as different, not only in what we teach but how we teach as well. We are an interdisciplinary law school. We don't just look at the law from inside the law itself. We look at the law from many different aspects."

Students of Juris Doctor will explore the law, discover its origins, assess its effectiveness and consider the need for reform.

Real-world experience is incorporated into the learning as part of this degree through placements with community legal centres or joint research projects with the Law Reform Commission.

Flexible study options

Students have the option to study Juris Doctor either full time or part time, on-campus or by distance. Macquarie Law School offers the only distance education option in New South Wales.

Davenport says, "Macquarie Law School has expertise in teaching law by distance education. We've had distance education courses going for many years and this is one of the strengths of Macquarie Law School. We truly understand the needs and pressures of distance students."

Substantial content will be available online and will be complemented by weekly face-to-face seminars of intensive on-campus sessions. There is also the opportunity to accelerate the rate of completion of this degree through summer session offerings.


The Juris Doctor is accredited with professional bodies regulating the admission of law graduates to legal practice and provides appropriate qualification for admission to practice as a lawyer in NSW*.

Graduates of Juris Doctor can pursue careers as either barristers or solicitors. However, a broad range of rewarding careers are open to Macquarie Law School graduates.

Employment can be found in a wide variety of organisations, including community legal centres, diplomatic service, financial institutions, multinationals, NGO advocacy bodies and public service.

*All Australian graduates are required to complete a period of practical legal training before being admitted as barristers or solicitors.

More information 

Learn more about Juris Doctor from our recent webinar hosted by Shayne Davenport, Juris Doctor program director.

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