About Sydney Law School
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About the Law School

A world-class leader in global legal education - ranked 16th in the world*

The University of Sydney Law School is home to exceptional legal educators, world-renowned researchers and esteemed professional practitioners, making us one of the top law schools in the world. Our remarkable alumni reflect our reputation for innovation and leadership.

Mission statement

At Sydney Law School we:

  • aspire to provide the best, research-led education in Australia to the most able students.
  • are committed to a legal education that is global in focus, that encompasses a commitment to the rule of law, and that promotes diversity, social justice, community service, professional responsibility and the highest standards of ethical conduct.
  • provide graduates with the strong analytical skills, critical thinking skills and communication skills required for professional legal practice and applicable to many other career choices.
  • acknowledge and respect Aboriginal Custodianship of Country and value the traditions, knowledge and on-going contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Research excellence

Our research is recognised as ‘well above world standard’ by the Australian Research Council 2015 and 2012 Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) outcomes reports.

Industry relevance

Our postgraduate coursework programs reflect the latest developments within the practice and profession of law. Many of our specialised units of study can be studied on an intensive basis, and are taught by leading Australian and international visitors and practitioners.

Our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) initiative, Professional Plus+, offers busy professionals the chance to sample our program for CPD points.

International engagement

Our students have an unrivalled opportunity to gain international experience and transfer the skills and knowledge they learn at the University of Sydney into an international career.

Our exchange program includes partnerships with law schools across North America, Europe and Asia, while our offshore program offers Australia’s most comprehensive collection of overseas intensive units of study in law.

We are part of a highly regarded group of international law schools that includes Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Geneva, Renmin and Tsinghua.

With a unique collaboration with the United Kingdom’s two finest Law Schools, we offer pathways to Oxford and Cambridge universities. We also offer dual law degree pathways for students from leading law schools in China including Renmin, Tsinghua, China University of Political Science and Law and Zhejiang universities to study at Sydney Law School.

*2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject