The Forgan Smith Re-imagination

To ensure our students continue to receive a world-class education, Forgan Smith, home of the TC Beirne School of Law, has undergone an exciting and visionary re-imagination.

However, the re-imagination extends beyond the building. The TC Beirne School of Law is also investing in a change to the way in which the Law School develops within its students fundamental legal knowledge and skills, within a strong and vibrant research environment, whilst fostering within our future lawyers the notion of their place within a profession that is dedicated to upholding the rule of law and strives for access to justice for all people. With a revised curriculum, enhanced facilities, and a yearly intake of fewer than 200, our excellent student-to-teacher ratios and collaborative learning opportunities position the School as an Australian leader in legal education.

John StoryMessage from the Chair

The TC Beirne School of Law has educated some of Australia’s finest jurists, practising lawyers and academics. Its alumni are to be found in challenging senior positions around the globe. The School has been home to many distinguished legal scholars who have been revered by their students and who are responsible for the prevailing culture of intellectual rigour and discipline.

Three years ago it was recognised that fundamental change was required. A program for comprehensive reform of the School was adopted which included a revised curriculum, a review of the quality of the teaching, smaller yearly cohorts and class sizes and a focus on the broadening of the student experience. Substantial progress has been achieved, and there is momentum to continue with the reform agenda.

This appeal is designed to support this program. The first objective is to secure sponsorship for individual rooms and spaces within the refurbished West Wing of the building. Although the University has underwritten the project, it is hoped that the alumni of the School will continue to contribute to the project and take the opportunity to be recognised into the future for their support of this remarkable piece of architecture.

The second objective is the establishment of an endowment scholarship fund with the aspiration that no student of outstanding quality with the desire to pursue the law should be inhibited from attending UQ because of financial need.

This appeal is an opportunity for members of the alumni community to recognise in a tangible form the invaluable grounding that the TC Beirne School of Law has provided to each of you and to be a part of the re-birth of the School as it emerges as a law school of the highest ranking.

Mr John Story AO
Chair, Campaign Committee
Former Chancellor of The University of Queensland

Giving options

Name your place in Forgan Smith

Opportunities exist to name the spaces inside Forgan Smith and leave an enduring impression on the upcoming generations of legal professionals. Naming options include the library atrium, seminar rooms and individual study areas.

For a full list of available opportunities, please contact Professor Sarah Derrington, Head of School and Academic Dean of Law.

Donate to the Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Law School believes that high achieving students with great potential, but limited financial resources, should be given the opportunity to thrive. Donating to the Endowed Scholarship Fund will help ensure that outstanding students who desire to pursue the study of law have the means to do so.

Forgan Smith Library Atrium
UQ Pro Bono Centre

Resource the Pro Bono Centre

Public interest practice is a key professional value, and the UQ Pro Bono Centre teaches students the value of pro bono practice from the outset of their legal careers. Your contribution will help the Pro Bono Centre create meaningful opportunities for students to participate in the delivery of pro bono legal services and thereby enhance access to justice for the community at large.

Support the Mooting Program

The Mooting Program gives students the opportunity to compete in a wide range of domestic and international moots, including the prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which has seen UQ students argue in finals held in the High Court and in Washington DC. By contributing to the Mooting Program, you will help more students to participate in the program and to develop essential teamwork, advocacy and professional skills.

Professor Sarah DerringtonMessage from Head of School and Dean of Law

The TC Beirne School of Law stands at a cross-road. It has the opportunity to take a path that will see it go from strength to strength and to achieve national and international recognition as one of the best law schools in Australia. It needs the support of those who have already achieved personal success founded upon their own legal education. I hope you will be inspired by our vision for the future of this School to support the educational experience of the next generation of law graduates from this enduring institution.

Professor Sarah Derrington
Head of School and Dean of Law
TC Beirne School of Law

How to make your tax-deductible gift

To discuss your gift, please contact the UQ Faculty of Business, Economics & Law's Advancement Team. Alternatively, donations may be given directly through UQ Giving

Anthea Barry
Director of Advancement (Acting)
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

+61 7 3346 0668

Prof Sarah Derrington
Head of School and Academic Dean of Law
TC Beirne School of Law

+61 7 336 51021

Vice ChancellorMessage from the Vice Chancellor

The University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law has nurtured many of Australia’s top legal minds and is widely recognised as a centre for academic and diverse and energetic research. To maintain this leading position in a highly competitive environment, we need to ensure our next generation has the opportunity, inspiration and facilities to question, collaborate and excel. Forgan Smith was one of St Lucia campus’ first buildings and has to date served us well. This rejuvenation will ensure it continues to be a centre for excellence and a landmark for the university, Brisbane and Queensland.

Peter Høj
Vice Chancellor
The University of Queensland