Welcome to the School of Law

The School of Law at the University of South Australia is an internationally oriented school with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research.

Offering single and a wide range of double degrees, our programs are characterised by smaller class sizes and flexible study options through the School’s trimester system. Our focus on experiential learning sees legal skills training such as mooting and witness examination embedded into courses. Global perspectives are encouraged through international mooting and overseas student  exchanges and placements.

At present the Law program is primarily an undergraduate one, although we strongly encourage doctoral studies in areas of staff expertise.  We are especially interested in drawing foreign comparative law PhD students who wish to examine international issues in  areas of commercial law and legal theory.

The school offers a range of services and events for the legal profession and wider community including our Law Evenings research seminar series and our free, student-run Legal Advice Clinic.

Based in a heritage listed building in the heart of the city of Adelaide, the school is well positioned to bring students a dynamic legal education whilst allowing them to enjoy the best of Adelaide’s wonderful lifestyle, safe environment and quality of life.

Programs in the School of Law


Contact information

School of Law
p: +61 8 8302 7244

Ground Floor, Law Building
City West campus
228 Hindley Street (George Street entrance)
Adelaide, South Australia

Postal address:
School of Law
University of South Australia
GPO Box 2471
Adelaide, SA 5001

Our staff

Attend a research seminar

'The 300 year error: misunderstanding politics, law and ourselves'

'Who will guard the guards themselves?'

Date: Tuesday 8 April 2014
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm, refreshments provided
Presented by: Professor Rick Sarre, Professor of Law, School of Law

More information and registration

Community placements

Law students at UniSA are keen to be involved in community service

Would you like to host a law student for a work experience placement?

Our law students will be placed in organisations to develop professional skills and values as part of the 'Legal Professional and Community Service Experience' elective.

Register your interest

Legal Advice Clinic

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Final year law students at UniSA are offering free legal advice to the public under the guidance of a supervising solicitor at a newly launched community legal clinic in Adelaide, South Australia. The clinic will offer free advice on legal issues such as debt claims, car accidents and faulty goods but will not provide court representation or give advice to both sides in a legal dispute. The clinic is also unable to provide advice on matters of wills, power of attorney and personal injury claims and will not fund clients' costs or expenses. UniSA's Director of Professional Programs Rachel Spencer says the clinic will have two important functions. "The clinic will give people access to quality legal information at no cost and it will importantly give law students experience of real practice, the real problems that need to be resolved and how the law impacts on real lives," Spencer says. "This engagement is invaluable in equipping lawyers with the skills of client-centred practice and a better understanding of the role of law in society." To start with the clinic will be staffed by four final year law students with more undergraduates set to become involved as the workload grows. The students will interview clients in pairs before researching each case and discussing it with supervising solicitor Matthew Atkinson. Mr Atkinson, who has seven years experience working at a community legal centre and will work full-time at the clinic, says he is delighted to be involved. "The chance to play a part in creating a new kind of advice service that is free to the public in an educational setting was something I did not want to miss out on," he says. Final year participating student Caitlyn Keague agrees. "I was really excited to be part of a new clinic that provides the opportunity for diverse people to come in and feel comfortable about speaking about legal matters which they might not have otherwise been able to resolve," says Keague. The law clinic is currently taking appointments from the public. To find out more or to book an appointment visit Music used in this video: iStockphoto®, ©antb, Positivity

Watch to learn more about our Legal Advice Clinic, providing confidential, free legal advice to members of the community.

Legal Advice Clinic

Areas of study and research

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