Sydney Law School Strategy

Inspiring legal minds with Sydney Law School’s strategic vision
Our strategic vision maintains our tradition of excellence, world-leading status, and deep commitment to law reform and justice, and aims to transform the legal landscape.

Sydney Law School is proud to embark on its next exciting chapter with the development and launch of our new aspirational vision and mission, embodied in our 2024-2025 Strategy, characterised by our shared ambition to inspire legal minds within the Law School, the profession and beyond.

We will achieve our vision and mission through an uncompromising pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and external engagement, underpinned by a commitment to reform and justice. 

Sydney Law School Strategy


Harness our long tradition of excellence and reform to inspire legal minds.


To be a vibrant, diverse and innovative community of legal scholarship, recognised globally for our excellence; training tomorrow's leaders and addressing societal challenges through law reform and justice.


As a world-leading law school we aim to be ranked in the global top 10 and recognised as the premier law school in Australia.  

Through this Strategy of re-imagining the future of Sydney Law School, we build on our tradition of excellence, celebrating and harnessing our foundational DNA to transform the legal landscape and society more broadly. Drawing lessons from our long history of achievement, and wealth of talent across our engaged community of students, alumni and staff, the Law School forges a path of innovation in education, research and community engagement, while remaining true to our foundational mission of inspiring legal minds.

Shaped by our history, reimagining our future

Since our inception in 1890, we have fostered a proud heritage of excellence and leadership, challenging convention and driving law reform and justice. Today, the Law School is a globally leading institution, consistently ranking in the top 20 law schools worldwide (QS World University Rankings by Subject).

We are an internationally engaged academic community working at the forefront of our disciplines. We address complex problems and deliver research of the highest quality and create impact across a wide range of traditional, established and emerging areas of global significance. 

To achieve our vision demands an ambitious strategy

As a globally leading law school, our strategy must be clear, compelling and ambitious; enabling us to continue to contribute to emerging problems of global significance and the critical issues of law reform and justice, while maintaining our longstanding tradition of excellence.

The Strategy is centred on three core pillars, Education, Research, and External Engagement, and underpinned by a clear approach to our Culture, People, Resources and Governance.

Above all, the Strategy ensures that students, staff, partnerships and community remain at the heart of Sydney Law School.

Clear strategic priorities drive our ambitious vision

We will position academic excellence at the heart of an engaging learning experience that equips our graduates for the future.

Our strategic priorities for education are to:

1) Provide a rigorous, academic, contemporary and adaptive legal education

2) Enrich the student experience through a vibrant, diverse and engaged academic learning community.

We will drive our world-leading research capability to deliver relevant and impactful research with a wide range of global partners.

Our strategic priorities for research are to:

1) Drive research of the highest quality and impact that addresses problems of global significance

2) Grow and diversify research funding

3) Continue to foster a collaborative and innovative research culture.

We will engage in a wide range of local, national and global partnerships to contribute to positive reform and the transformation of society.

Our strategic priorities for external engagement and reputation are to:

1) Develop and deliver external engagement strategy guided by our expertise in research and teaching

2) Raise the profile of our contribution to society through external communication and increased alumni engagement.

We will ensure our culture, people, resources and governance are set-up to enable us to successfully deliver on our strategy.

Our strategic priorities for culture, people, resources and governance are to:

1) Strive for a vibrant, diverse and innovative culture

2) Embed our Indigenous Strategy

3) Identify our ideal size and shape and optimise resource allocation

4) Advance our commitment to sustainability

5) Adapt and strengthen our structures of internal governance and external engagement.

View Sydney Law School's 2024-25 Strategy

Read the Welcome from the Dean and Head of Sydney Law School, Professor Simon Bronitt.

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