Law School

From tradition to innovation, we are the leading Law School in Western Australia.

Our pathways, programs and teaching excellence ensure we continue to educate remarkable graduates and global citizens.

Our research contributes to a fair and just society.

We earn the trust of the communities we serve.

Discover the power of legal thinking. Discover the enduring value of diverse legal minds. Discover your place in law.

Our vision
To be a world-class law school that nurtures diverse legal minds and inspires just and innovative approaches to the global challenges of the 21st century.

Our mission
To provide a creative and supportive teaching, learning and research environment of legal excellence that fosters critical thought, ethical scholarship and practice, and connects with diverse communities.

 

Over 90 years of excellence

Ranked in top 100 law schools in the world (QS and Times Higher Education 2020)

Research rated above world standard (ERA 2018)

UWA Law School is committed to upholding the rule of law, and the promotion of the highest standards of ethical conduct, professional responsibility, and community service.

In response to the outcome of the High Court of Australia’s investigation into the sexual harassment of six Judges’ Associates by former High Court judge, Dyson Heydon, the UWA Law School issued this statement on sexual harassment in law.

The UWA Law School condemns past and ongoing discrimination in the Australian legal system that continues to create profound injustice in the lives of First Nations peoples. We are committed to continuing to work in partnership with Indigenous peoples to create culturally safe teaching and research spaces and produce culturally competent graduates.

Welcome from the Dean

Discover your place in Law

Over 90 years of excellence in legal research, education and service.

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Highly acclaimed teachers and researchers

UWA Law School comprises more than 50 scholars. Our staff are continually evolving to meet current and future predicted challenges, and we celebrate their international expertise and multidisciplinary areas of study. Our world-class researchers inspire just and innovative approaches to global challenges of the 21st century.

Our research areas

Our almost 60-strong faculty comprised of teaching and research staff bring with them a wealth of experience from a vast breadth of areas of expertise. Browse our research strengths below.

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Commercial and Corporations Law

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Law and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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Law and Society

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Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law

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Public International and Human Rights Law

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Research entities

The UWA Law School supports the following research centres and networks.

Our remarkable students

Congratulations to our student award winners

We recognise the hard work and dedication you give to your studies and wish to celebrate your achievement with you. We also thank our generous donors for their continued support. 

View the full list of UWA Law School 2019 prize winners and 2020 scholarship recipients and a selection of video messages. 

Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the UWA Law School has the following scholarships available for Semester 1, 2021. 
Undergraduate
Browse the general undergraduate scholarships available at UWA.
Postgraduate

Anna and Nicoletta Ciffolilli Scholarship for Women in Law  OPEN
Scholarships to encourage and assist a female student to pursue a Juris Doctor at the University.
$5,000 per annum.
Applications close: 28-Feb-2021
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B. P. Kakulas QC and Nellie Kakulas Scholarship in Law  OPEN
To assist and encourage eligible students who demonstrate financial need to continue their studies toward the Juris Doctor.
$2,000 per annum.
Application close: 28-Feb-2021
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Dean's Circle Juris Doctor Scholarship  OPEN
To encourage and enable students facing educational disadvantage to commence a Juris Doctor at UWA.
$2,000 per annum.
Applications close: 28-Feb-2021
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The Herbert Smith Freehills Scholarship in Mining Excellence  OPEN
To encourage and assist an eligible student enrolled in the Advanced Legal Research units, as part of their studies towards the Juris Doctor, to undertake a research project in the area of Mining Law at the University.
$2,500 per annum.
Applications close: 28-Feb-2021
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The Honourable Serge Ferrier Family Law Bursary  OPEN
To encourage and assist eligible law students experiencing financial hardship to undertake study towards Family Law at the University. 
$5,000 per annum.
Applications close: 28-Feb-2021
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James TF Chong Award  OPEN
Scholarship to encourage and assist a student, who is experiencing financial hardship, in their first year of study towards a Juris Doctor.
Applications close: 28-Feb-2021
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Jennifer Inskter Memorial Law Scholarship – OPEN
Scholarship to assist and encourage female students experiencing financial hardship to commence the Juris Doctor.
A minimum of $1200.
Applications close: 28-Feb-2021
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JD Scholarship for the Promotion of Social Justice  OPEN
To assist and encourage a high-achieving student enrolled in the third year of the Juris Doctor at the University, who is experiencing financial hardship and demonstrates a strong commitment to Social Justice.
$5,000 per annum.
Applications close: 28-Feb-2021
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K. W. Hatfield Q.C. Memorial Scholarship in Law  OPEN
To encourage and assist a student who is experiencing financial hardship to complete their studies towards the Juris Doctor.
$5,000 per annum.
Applications close: 28-Feb-2021
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Linda Cotton (Vatskalis) Memorial Scholarship  OPEN
To assist and encourage students to continue studies towards a Juris Doctor.
$2,500 per annum.
Application close: 28-Feb-2021
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Courses

UWA Law School fosters excellence, integrity and inclusivity in student learning through a diverse and inspiring range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, teaching methods and learning environments. We are leaders in the scholarship of teaching and learning in law, and provide a world-class legal education experiences across all our programs.


Indigenisation of the Juris Doctor

Through the Indigenisation of the Juris Doctor project, the UWA Law School is incorporating Indigenous cultures, knowledges and perspectives throughout Juris Doctor (JD) degree. The project is a joint initiative of the Law School and the School of Indigenous Studies, and is overseen by a Reference Group of legal and cultural experts.

 

Student health and well-being

The UWA Law School is committed to the health, well-being and safety of all of our students. We strive to support our students to stay well and thrive throughout their studies. 

Global study opportunities

The UWA Law School is a community full of dedicated and passionate people who foster an environment of encouragement and acceptance. Studying Law at UWA has opened up countless opportunities for both my individual development and to make an impact in the community.Joshua Sanchez-Lawson
Blackstone Society President 2018

Dean's Circle

Law School alumni

Alessandro Silvestri

Andrew Giorgi

Christa Queern

Ebony Back

Landy Ramahavory Ep Ranaivoson

Roney Jose da Silva

Executive education and CPD

Catering for busy professionals, our executive education courses give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills through intensives taught by experts in a variety of fields. 
UWA Law School Online CPD series

In 2020 UWA Law School is pleased to launch its Online CPD Series. UWA Law School academics will share the depth of their expertise through a series of live webinars, to be held on Wednesdays between 1:00-2:00 pm. The Law School is an accredited CPD provider; attendees will be awarded CPD points. Each presentation will be one hour in duration, entitling attendees to 1 CPD point in the relevant competency area. The School is pleased to offer competitive pricing:

  • Individual practitioner $50 
  • Organisation rate (unlimited attendees employed by the organisation) $500 
  • Community legal centre practitioners $25 
  • Community legal centre rate (unlimited attendees employed by the CLC) $200 

To secure your place, please click on the hyperlink associated with the relevant presentation, below. Please note that these seminars are streamed live and will not be hosted online after the event.

9 September 2020
Professor Robyn Carroll
I’m Sorry: What is a Good (Enough) Apology?
Competency Area 4: Substantive Law
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16 September 2020
Ms Claire Kaylock
Clear Legal Writing Made Simple
Competency Area 2: Professional Skills
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30 September 2020

Dr Murray Wesson
Developments in the Implied Freedom of Political Communication
Competency Area 4: Substantive Law
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21 October 2020
Dr Marco Rizzi
Special Provisions for Medical Negligence in the Civil Liability Act 2002 (WA) - Much Ado About Nothing?
Competency Area 4: Substantive Law
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18 November 2020

Dr Sagi Peari
Force Majeure Clauses and the Doctrine of Frustration  
Competency Area 4: Substantive Law
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27 January 2021
Professor Michael Blakeney
International Intellectual Property Law  
Competency Area 4: Substantive Law
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10 February 2021

Dr Nick Tiverios
Recent Developments in the Law of Penalties  
Competency Area 4: Substantive Law
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24 February 2021
Associate Professor Ian Murray
Charity Law Essentials  
Competency Area 4: Substantive Law
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10 March 2021

Michael Douglas
The Ethics of Cross-border Legal Practice  
Competency Area 3: Ethics and Professional Responsibility
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24 March 2021
Professor Natalie Skead, Dr Tamara Tulich and Professor Sarah Murray
Reforming WA’s Confiscation of Proceeds of Crime Legislation: Lessons From a Comparative Study of Queensland, NSW and Western Australia  
Competency Area 4: Substantive Law
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Law, Policy and Government

Innovations in Legal Practice Management

This Unit assists you in becoming ‘work-ready’ and providing you with a sound understanding of the professional, ethical and business framework within which law firms and lawyers operate.

The Unit addresses three key themes: First, it explores an understanding of the business of law, including the economics of running a legal practice and the development of ethical business processes and strategies.

Second, it considers the role of people and practice management in the delivery of legal services. This includes consideration of how to recruit, engage, upskill and lead staff in an ethical, client-focused and changing legal environment.

Third, it considers the role of technology in the transformation of how lawyers and law firms perform legal work and deliver legal services.

The Unit will be taught intensively using a combination of interactive workshops and seminars. It will be taught by Lauren Ziegelaar (Gilbert + Tobin) and Aaron McDonald (Pragma Lawyers) together with guest presenters.  Students will be assessed by an assignment, a group presentation and their participation in class discussions.

CPD pointsFull attendance at this short course entitles a legal practitioner to claim:

  • three CPD points in Competency Area 1 (Practice Management), 
  • two CPD points in Competency Area 2 (Professional Skills) and 
  • one CPD point in Competency Area 3 (Ethics/Professional Responsibility).

Dates: 16-17 and 23-24 January 2021, 9am to 4pm each day. Please note shared registration is not available for this workshop.
Cost: $2,530.00 + online booking fee. 
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Mining, Energy & Natural Resources

Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading

This course will examine in detail the Commonwealth’s clean energy legislation and related policies, together with the climate change international law and policy framework in which it operates. It will also examine the laws and policies of the Australian states and territories. The workshop will benefit lawyers, business people, academics, those working at all levels of government, policymakers, and those from non-government organisations.

Date: 15 - 17 July 2020
Price: $2,530.00 + online fee
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Mining Law

This workshop will provide an intensive course of study on Mining Law in Western Australia. It is designed to be a comprehensive review for lawyers, for professionals and business people, non-government organisations and government administrators working in or with Mining Law. The three day workshop will comprise of five sessions, each morning and afternoon, comprising a lecture followed by a tutorial discussion of a problem raising the issues of law presented in the lecture.

Date: 28 - 30 October 2020
Price: $2,530.00 + online fee
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Oil and Gas Agreements

Date: 11 - 13 November 2020
This three-day workshop provides a clear understanding of legal agreements which underpin the operation of the oil and gas industry. Lawyers, government officials and oil and gas company personnel who require an appreciation of the legal context of oil and gas agreements will benefit from the expertise gained in this course.

Price: $2,530.00 + online fee
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Construction Law

This course covers several important doctrines of contract law and equity, as well as key legislation specific to issues which commonly arise under construction contracts.

In an effort to explore all of these areas of the law, we will follow the journey through a hypothetical project for the design and construction of a power station on a mine site, from negotiation of the contract through some of the issues which most often arise, to a consideration of dispute resolution of those issues.

Date: 30 November - 2 December 2020
Price: $2,530.00 + online fee
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Taxation

Advanced Australian International Taxation

This unit reviews the application of Australian income tax law to international transactions and structures. It covers both inbound and outbound scenarios, as well as individuals and companies. The core areas to be studied are Australian law in relation to tax residence and source; the withholding tax regime; the elimination of double taxation; the controlled foreign company (CFC) regime; the transferor trusts regime; Australia's double taxation agreements; thin capitalisation and transfer pricing in Australian law.

Date: 7 - 10 July 2020
Price: $3,300.00 + online fee
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Resource Taxation

This four day workshop examines the taxation of resource projects and resource companies in Australia, it covers income tax, royalties, petroleum resource rent tax and state duties. The course will also look at common tax issues which arise for resource companies in domestic and cross-border transactions. A range of non-renewable resource industries are covered, including mining, oil and gas. Lawyers, accountants, government officials and resource company personnel who need a working knowledge of how resource projects and resource transactions are taxed will benefit from this course.

Date: 17 - 25 September 2020
Price: $3,300.00 + online fee
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Taxation of Trusts

This unit covers the complex Australian taxation of trusts in relation to both domestic and foreign trusts. Core issues examines are—the nature of a trust; trusts in tax legislation; the statutory scheme in trust taxation; present entitlement; streaming of trust income; anti-avoidance; trust losses; capital gains and trusts; taxation of non-resident trusts and taxation of non-resident trust beneficiaries.

Date: 6 - 9 October 2020
Price: $3,300.00 + online fee
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Taxation Law of a Foreign State

This unit examines the core principles of the income taxation and other relevant tax of a foreign State. It also examines the tax administration system and relevant legal and equivalent institutions. The primary focus is on the taxation inbound investment, outbound investment and trade by the State. The operation of double taxation agreements is also covered. Core concepts studied are residence and source rules; corporate tax rules; taxation of passive income flows and anti-tax avoidance rules. In 2020, the foreign state focussed on will be China.

Date: 24 - 27 November 2020
Price: $3,300.00 + online fee
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Engagement and opportunities

The Law School hosts a range of short courses and a diverse seminar and conference program.
Tutoring in the Law School (2020)
The Law School is now in the process of appointing sessional teachers (tutors) for 2020.  If you are interested in tutoring in 2020, as a first step, you should contact the unit coordinator of the unit you are interested in working in to see if they have availability.  If you are interested in applying generally, please complete the expression of interest and submit as directed.
Judge in Residence Scheme

The Judge in Residence program encourages and fosters engagement between the judiciary and Law School staff and students. It supports sitting and retired judges to engage in academic activities, including writing and developing research topics and projects.

The 2020 Judge in Residence is The Honourable Justice Antony Siopis. Tony is interested in the extent to which the common law provides remedies for infringements of human dignity and he will be undertaking research into that topic. Open to sitting judges during a sabbatical (WA, Australia, overseas) or retired state, federal and High Court judges (including overseas judges) who wish to be part of the Law School community, the Judge in Residence program offers:

  • The opportunity to be involved in the life of the UWA Law School.
  • An office in the UWA Law School.
  • Access to UWA Library facilities and service during your time in residence.
  • Access to student researchers (with payment arrangements subject to negotiation).
  • The opportunity to guest lecture and make other presentations to students and staff.
  • Audit of postgraduate units taught by the UWA Law School.

In return, the Judge in Residence would:

  • Have regular interaction with members of the Law School.
  • Provide informal mentoring of academic staff and students.
  • Maintain a regular presence at the Law School (at least once a week) throughout their residency. 

 

How to apply

Contact the Deputy Head (Community and Engagement) Professor Robyn Carroll:

Tel: +61 64882965
Email: robyn.carroll@uwa.edu.au

 
UWA Mediation Clinic

The UWA Mediation Clinic offers a tailored mediation service to help people to resolve University, workplace, family and community conflict.

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Legal APPtitude
The Law School is the leading law and technology law school in Western Australia. In collaboration with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, the UWA Law School delivers Legal APPtitude. In the unit students team up with lawyers from Corrs to develop artificial intelligence solutions to some of the not-for-profit sector’s most pressing problems.
Visiting scholars

The UWA Law School’s Visiting Scholars Program hosts academics from around Australia and overseas to undertake research and to participate in the communal life of the Law School. Approved visiting scholars are provided with a workspace, IT access and a computer (where possible) and library access. They are encouraged to participate in the academic life of the Law School and University, including seminars and public lectures.

Application process

Prospective visitors should email the following to the visiting scholars coordinator at least three months prior to their intended visit:

  • a brief curriculum vitae that includes details of academic employment, qualifications and publications
  • a one- to two-page proposal outlining the research project, planned collaboration with UWA Law staff and any other activities intended during the visit
  • a copy of a letter from your home university confirming that you are an academic (not a student) and will be taking sabbatical leave for the duration of your visiting academic appointment, and confirming that you will be returning to full-time employment when the visiting appointment ceases
  • copy of biodata page (photograph page) of passport (if available). An appropriate visa must have been obtained to allow commencement of this appointment

Applications are considered in advance of the proposed visit and all applicants will be notified as soon as possible after a decision is reached. Any further information that is required to implement the decision will be sought at this point. The Visiting Scholars Program receives many applications from prospective visitors and unfortunately not all can be supported.

Legal internship and Clinical Legal Education

The Law School provides a Clinical Legal Education program through which our students can participate in local, national and international legal internships with law firms, courts, government agencies, non-governmental organisations and the UWA Mediation Clinic. The focus is upon social justice and commercial placements.

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