INNOVATIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING

Innovation matters. As a young university, and an even younger law school, we’ve looked for ways to stand out from the beginning. As students are at the centre of what we do as a university, it was always crucial for us to establish an engaging, student-centred approach to teaching and learning. At UTS Law, this means we’re continually reviewing our course and subject content to ensure students receive a practical education: one that is relevant and responsive to what happens in the real world.

 

Social justice is at the core of all teaching; how law impacts society, how it affects individuals, civil society and interacts with government policies. Subjects are practice-orientated, focusing on skills development with a strong disciplinary knowledge and a critiquing of the law.

“Forty years ago, writing was the most important skill for law students. Writing remains a fundamental skill, however oral communication, collaboration and self-reflection are now just as important – and our courses reflect that”, says Maxine Evers, Associate Dean (Education).

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Students are immersed in experiential learning through the Brennan Justice and Leadership Program, the Practical Legal Training (PLT) and internship subjects, locally and internationally. These are all valuable experiences in capacity building in readiness for professional life. They seek to hone students’ ability to apply the learning of the discipline of law through practical skills, such as teamwork and communication, while heightening their social justice awareness.
Named after The Hon. Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE, former Chief Justice of the High Court and UTS Chancellor (1999-2005), students who participate in the Brennan Program attend internal UTS and external forums on justice and participate in community-focused voluntary work.
PLT at UTS is the only university-based program in Sydney, and enables students to acquire both the academic and the practical qualifications required to practise law in NSW.
Looking to the future, the Faculty is strengthening and expanding its internship program to encompass not-for-profits, commercial and government agencies, both internationally and locally, to maximise law students’ breadth of experience, to ensure they become well-rounded graduates.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Students are immersed in experiential learning through the Brennan Justice and Leadership Program, the Practical Legal Training (PLT) – and internship subjects locally and internationally – these are all valuable experiences in capacity building in readiness for professional life. These programs hone students’ ability to apply the learning of the discipline of law through practical skills, such as teamwork and communication, while heightening their social justice awareness.

Named after The Hon. Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE, former Chief Justice of the High Court and UTS Chancellor (1999-2005), students who participate in the Brennan Program attend internal UTS and external forums on justice and participate in community-focused voluntary work.

UTS PLT program is the only university-based program in Sydney. PLT at UTS enables students to acquire both the academic and the practical qualifications required to practise law in NSW.

The program is available to Juris Doctor students and combined LLB students as a Graduate Certificate or as part of the stand-alone Bachelor of Laws.

Looking to the future, the Faculty is strengthening and expanding its internship program to encompass not-for-profits, commercial and government agencies, both internationally and locally, to maximise law students’ breadth of experience, to ensure they become well-rounded graduates.

“Our focus throughout has always been on quality, sustainability and
a commitment to social justice,”says Professor Lesley Hitchens, Dean.

HOW IS UTS DIFFERENT?

We’re different because we approach teaching and learning differently. Our courses blend two types of teaching: ‘intensive (block) teaching’ and ‘blended delivery’. ‘Intensive teaching’ makes learning accessible, particularly for students who work full-time or have family responsibilities. ‘Blended delivery’ combines technology and face-to-face teaching, enabling students to maximise their time on-campus.

In both forms of learning, students do most of their preparation off-site, including preparatory reading, watching videos, participating in webinars and discussion boards. On-campus, they interact with academics and visiting experts and work with their peers on collaborative projects.

A social justice and professional ethic is the strong vein that runs through every aspect of UTS Law, encompassing electives, internships and co-curricular programs. Together with a structured student support network, this is what sets us apart from other universities.

UNIQUE UTS GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES

A UTS Law undergraduate or postgraduate degree is designed to imbue students with a rigorous understanding of the rule of law, the Australian legal system, and how the law is applied. We equip all our graduates with sound research, problem solving, communication and collaboration skills, as well as the ability to think critically and creatively.

As many law graduates in the 21st century will not become practising lawyers, disciplinary knowledge, adaptable skills and professional attributes are crucial general skills that can be applied to varying professions and roles, says Maxine Evers, Associate Dean (Education).

“Whether they are a CEO of a bank, heading a government department or working for a sporting body, above all, our graduates will approach the law with a high degree of ethical judgement,” she says.