Connection and community

University is more than just studying. It's a chance to make new friends and connections that will carry you through your whole career.

Whether you're looking to meet new people on the sporting field or find a buddy to help ease your transition into university life, there are plenty of opportunities to become immersed in the UQ community. 

UQ social sport team


Get social

Student societies

Joining one of the law societies is a great way to meet peers on a similar journey to you. Societies will regularly get together for social events, networking opportunities, study groups and more. Remember, you can always join more than one. Read a detailed description of the law societies.

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University of Queensland Law Society (UQLS)

UQLS is perhaps the largest law society on campus and offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities. With several students holding elected positions, the UQLS is able to manage numerous portfolios such as events, sports, mental health, wellbeing and more.

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Justice and the Law Society (JATL)

The JATL society aims to promote student discussions about the intersection between the law and social justice in particular, while also providing a number of opportunities for professional networking and career development.

University of Queensland International Law Society

University of Queensland International Law Society (UQILS)

By providing knowledge, skills, experience and connections, the UQILS seeks to create opportunities for its members to engage with international law and network with professionals and fellow students.

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Australian Legal Philosophy Students Association (ALPSA)

ALPSA seeks to uphold and engage in the importance, relevance and power of legal philosophy (a broad and critical perspective on the law). ALPSA often attracts legal minds interested in shaping and directing national legal policy through various events and opportunities.


UQLS Buddy Program

Find a buddy

Starting law at UQ can be an overwhelming experience. Luckily, UQLS aims to make things easier for first-year students with their UQLS Buddy Program – a program that pairs new students with older peers who are dedicated to showing newcomers the ropes and passing on valuable skills.

Become a buddy

While this program aims to make the transition from high school to university as smooth as possible for new students, it also provides older students with a platform to work on their mentoring skills and give back to our community.

Students chatting at the 2019 Gelato night
Staff and students at the 2019 Gelato Night event.


Do more with law


Sharpen your advocacy skills and prepare for the courtroom. By participating in extra-curricular legal advocacy competitions, you'll have the opportunity to learn from experienced legal professionals and bring out the best advocate in you.

Mooting can enhance your employment opportunities as a legal professional, help build your confidence in public speaking and further develop your research and presentation skills. Students who have mooted have found the experience to be one of the most challenging and rewarding elements of their UQ law program.

Learn more about mooting at UQ

Pro bono

Public interest practice is a key professional value of lawyers. Through the Pro Bono Centre, the Law School would like all law students to recognise the value of pro bono work and commit to undertaking pro bono work both while they are students and in their professional careers. The Centre is the only resource of its type in an Australian law school.

Learn more about UQ's Pro Bono Centre


Connecting as an international student

International UQ Law Students Facebook group

This group is for UQ postgraduate and undergraduate international law students. It's designed to connect students going through similar circumstances and provide a platform for them to form and maintain friendships. Whether group members talk about studies or extra-curricular hobbies is entirely up to you. Join the conversation today!

Join the International UQ Law Students Facebook group


UQ Ally Network

The UQ Ally Network provides a safe and welcoming space for gender, sex and sexuality diverse staff and students.
You can contact an Ally for confidential support, information or advice. They also promote our commitment to developing a safe and inclusive work and study environment.

Find a UQ Ally member

UQ Virtual Village

The UQ Life Virtual Village is a student-led UQ community, helping to bring your everyday connections online. The Village offers students the opportunity to connect, create student-led events and programs,  freely discuss issues, share hobbies and interests, and learn from each other. The Village is changing daily with new services, conversations and events popping up.

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