The Hub

A full round-up of the latest news and events,
just for current UQ law students.


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Law life & wellbeing

​At UQ, we're exploring the unique skill set required to be a lawyer - the skills that are difficult to replicate using a machine. Find out how we're training future lawyers to own the unknown.

TWB is back for more and our first guest is the Executive Director of Innovation at King & Wood Mallesons. Michelle is responsible for legal service design, digital strategy, the application of artificial intelligence, future-readiness and innovation thought leadership. She also leads KWM’s Digital Transformation strategy and execution, which includes the #TransformLaw KWM Prize. Watch now.

Law FAQ resource

We understand that some students experience uncertainty around their studies from time to time. At UQ Law we want to remind you that we are here for you, and welcome any questions or concerns you might have about your student experience. Check out our FAQ resource online, for law students, or anonymously submit your questions or queries here.

UQ Law School Zoom Backgrounds

We're bringing the university to you with weekly releases of law-specific Zoom backgrounds!  Check out the Law Library release, Moot Court & Boardroom options, The Forgan Smith backgrounds and the new Study Nook options

St Lucia Orientation

Orientation is an important step to starting university for both new and returning students. Over the next few weeks, UQ will be offering a variety of events, activities and entertainment online and on-campus to help introduce you to university life. See the timetable now.

National Diversity Virtual Careers Fair 2020

This event is for students wanting to learn more about the broad range of employment opportunities and diversity & inclusion initiatives within each organisation. Employers attending this event on Thursday 20 August, will run presentations, facilitate panel and Q&A sessions. Register now.



Other life & wellbeing opportunities 

  • International UQ Law Students Facebook Group | Join Now.
  • Peer writing assistance for international students | Book now.
  • Preparing for study in Semester 2, 2020 | Learn more.
  • UQ’s safe return to campus roadmap | Learn more.


Study opportunities


2021 International Mooting Applications Open

Applications for the 2021 season of the international moot court competitions are now open! We are currently seeking students for the Jessup Moot, Vis Moot and International Maritime (IMLAM) Moot. Be quick, internal applications close Friday 7 August. Apply now for our hotly contested competitions. Learn more.

Join SWEP - Student Work Experience Program

SWEP is all about participating in a competitive recruitment and selection process, similar to those used by top law firms, where you’ll get detailed feedback specific to YOU! Join the last information session on Tuesday 4 August. 

Scholarship opportunity for domestic students for Semester 2

If you are a full-time domestic law or law dual student and struggling financially, UQ law school alumni have donated funds to help.  Make an application by 14 August. We don't want you to drop out because you can't afford to study.  Find out more and apply.

#TransformLaw KWM Prize

Your chance to win $10,000 cash and help shape the future of law is back with the annual #TransformLaw KWM PrizeParticipate in an incubator-style program, be mentored by legal, tech and business experts, get a crash-course in entrepreneurship and pitch your idea. Find out more at the live Fireside chat and Q&A with last year's winners, or dive right in and register to compete. Be quick, applications close Friday 7 August.

Aurora Internship Program

Are you keen to experience working in the Indigenous sector? Do you have an interest in native title, land rights, policy development, social welfare, legal aid, community/environmental development? The upcoming summer 2020/21 round of the Aurora Internship Program opens Monday 10 August. Learn more or, apply now. Applications open Monday 10 and close 28 August.

Summer Semester

LAWS4114 'Advanced Research' and LAWS5172 'Advanced Jurisprudence' will be offered in Summer Semester 2020, enrol now.  

Other study opportunities


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The Future of Law Reform Webinar Series

Kicking off from 27 July, (concluding 24 August) this series will highlight a number of guest speakers discussing the most recent research conducted by the Australian Law Reform Commission. Register now.

Your Arts/Law Career

Join BEL SET on Thursday 13 August as they host a panel Q&A discussion with a number of Arts/Law graduates to discover what pathways they have taken after they finished study. Register now.

BEL Faculty 3MT Final

Tune in on Friday 7 August to watch our HDR students as they present their theses in a three-minute time limit and learn about the exciting research being conducted by BEL Faculty students. Plus, you'll get the opportunity to vote for your favourite in the People's Choice award! Register for the Zoom link now.

Online Employer Event: Baker McKenzie - Bakers' Dozen | July - 17 August

Baker McKenzie Australia is excited to launch our new series, Bakers' Dozen! This is a series of 13 events enabling you to learn more about our Firm and to set you up for clerkship success! Learn more.


K&L Gates Employer Presentation

K&L Gates is a leading international law firm providing a full range of commercial legal services across numerous sectors, including finance, real estate, energy and resources, infrastructure, agriculture, technology, manufacturing, transport and logistics, and tourism. Join their upcoming event on Tuesday 11 August and learn about their employment opportunities. Register now.

How to Build your Employability in the Current Climate

The current global climate has created new and unique employability and job seeking challenges. Join BEL SET for a FREE webinar on Thursday 6 August where you’ll learn practical tips and receive honest advice and ideas on how to keep your career moving forward at this time (60 min + Q&A time). Register now.

Updated Clerkship details

Please see this link for the updated QLS clerkship and graduate guidelines.

Key changes include:

  • The introduction of an Autumn clerkship for the 2020/2021 program
  • Replacing the 2021 Spring clerkship with an Autumn clerkship in 2022 as an ongoing change
  • Moving Queensland Clerkship recruitment activity from March - May to July - August from 2021 onwards
  • Moving Priority Graduate Offer dates to July 2021 as an ongoing change, with Graduate open market following immediately afterwards (in August/September).



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Seeking students: UQ Experience Research Panel

Join the UQ Experience Research Panel and give us your feedback on UQ services and websites. You will earn gift vouchers or win prizes each time you participate!  Your insights will help us create a more enriching student experience so you can get the most out of your time at UQ. Find out what's involved or Sign-up here. 

JATL Essay Competition 2020

The UQ Justice and the Law Society (JATL) is excited to announce this year’s Essay Competition ‘Law and Psychology.’ To enter the competition, simply write an article on the way in which the law and psychology interact by Sunday 13 September. Find out more including prizes at their Facebook event.

[Listen] Deaths in custody database

Professor Tamara Walsh discusses why the deaths in custody database has never been more important. Learn more.

[Read] The NT political donations system has changed. But do the changes go far enough?

Professor Graeme Orr talks about the motivations of individuals and companies who donate to political parties in ABC news online (31 July).

[Read] Deaths in custody database gives voice to the vulnerable

Professor Tamara Walsh and a team of UQ law students have launched the latest version of the Deaths in Custody Project – the first comprehensive national database of its kind. Legal professionals, researchers, journalists and the wider community can access the database for up-to-date information on deaths in custody as coroners’ inquest reports are released. Check out the Deaths in Custody Project. Read the story coverage now. 

[Read] Queensland wants to move coronavirus border checkpoints into NSW — but is it legal or even feasible?

Professor Nicholas Aroney tells ABC Online there’s nothing in the constitution preventing the repositioning of checkpoints, but it all depends on cooperation between the states (21 July). Read more

UQLS Directories - connecting students, tutors and study groups.

  • UQLS Tutoring Directory - students looking for tutors | Register here.
  • UQLS Tutoring Directory - tutors looking to offer their services |  Register here.
  • UQLS Study Group Directory - students looking for form study groups with other students | Register here.
  • The above initiatives are run entirely by the UQLS and work to put students in contact with study groups and tutors, they do not broker any ongoing agreements between individuals.

Other community opportunities