Comparing law degrees at universities in NSW

So you’ve decided to study law. But what law degree, at which university, is the right one for you? We’ve done some research on your behalf, and spoken to current law students from all major law schools in New South Wales. We've got the low-down on their stand-out features, how subjects are taught and examined, what students loved about their degrees and what could have been better. This article compares and contrasts law degrees in NSW so you can decide which one fits you best.

Macquarie University

Stand-out features: Heavy focus on elective law units, available in final 2 years of combined degree - Participation and Community Engagement (PACE) incorporating compulsory practical units into study program - Vibrant law students society

University of New South Wales

Stand-out features: Streamlined teaching format of 2 seminars per week - Electives available in final year only - Legal research centres providing opportunity for clinical legal training - Vibrant law students society

University of Sydney

Stand-out features: Electives available in final year only - Heavy weighting on exams (though written assignments are being increasingly set for assessment) - Traditionally strong academic and research focus - Vibrant law students society

University of Technology, Sydney

Stand-out features include: Strong focus on practical skills - Study program involves (comparatively) small number of elective units - Practical Legal Training option incorporated into study program - Available to undergraduates as a stand-alone degree.

University of Western Sydney

Stand-out features: Streamlined teaching format of one seminar (per subject) per week - Strong focus on electives, available in final 2 years of degree - Emphasis on practical skills, with moot (mock trial) based assessment

University of Notre Dame

Stand-out features: Available to undergraduates as a stand-alone degree - Strong emphasis on legal ethics and social justice - Strong focus on practical legal skills