The University of Queensland Law Society Inc. (UQLS) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation with a long and proud history of serving the academic and extra-curricular needs of University of Queensland Law students and the broader UQ community. The same aims and purposes that inspired the former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Sir Harry Gibbs, to found the UQLS in 1937 continue to drive us in everything we do.
The UQLS is organised into seven portfolios:
- Publications & Marketing
- L Card & Activities
- Professional Sponsorship & Careers
For over 75 years, the UQLS has sought to promote excellence in both teaching and learning. The Society works in close consultation with the Law School and represents the interests of law students.
The UQLS supports students’ learning through its Peer Assisted Learning sessions in the lead up to exams and Allens Notepool, which contains notes donated by outstanding students.
The UQLS runs a series of competitions throughout the year that encourage students to develop their practical legal skills, with a focus on oral advocacy and alternative dispute resolution. In 2014, the UQLS will run Mooting, Negotiation, Client Interviewing and Witness Examination.
The UQLS produces and prints a number of publications each year including LLB Guide, Directions, Frolic, Res Ipsa, and Obiter magazine. These are made available in hard copy at the UQLS office, and online at www.uqls.com.
First and Second Year
The UQLS aims to ease the transition to law school by hosting a number of events and activities (including First Year Dinner, Hopgood Ganim First and Second Year Retreat and the Cooper Grace Ward Buddy Programme) to help first year students develop friendships and study skills.
The UQLS believes that equality of opportunity is paramount to enable all law students to make the most of their time at law school. To this end, the UQLS provides a number of student support initiatives, including a textbook loan scheme and an equity grants programme. Recognising that the health and well-being of law students is also critical to students achieving their best, the UQLS also hosts equity awareness forums, yoga classes and various study break activities throughout semester.
Postgraduate and International
The Postgraduate and Exchange officer acts as a liaison between the UQLS, the Law School, and the postgraduate and international student cohort. To facilitate this liaison, the UQLS hosts the Welcome BBQ for all international students and provides a buddy program to assist these students settle-in to law school. The UQLS also produces an annual exchange publication called Go Global. The purpose of this publication is to provide a guide to those students seeking to go on exchange and careers in an international capacity.
On a social level the UQLS organises a wide variety of social functions throughout the year. These include the Law Ball, Pub Crawl, Croquet Day, King and Wood Mallesons Law Dinner, and semester wrap up parties. Functions such as these help to promote an enjoyable and inclusive university experience.
The Corrs Chambers Westgarth UQ Law Revue has become an entertainment highlight on the university calendar. It annually plays to four full houses at the Schonell Theatre at UQ. The Revue is a satirical take on all things law, politics, society, popular culture and university.
The L Card
The UQLS also produces The L Card, the biggest student discount card in Brisbane, in conjunction with the QUT Law Society (QUTLS) and Griffith University Law Society (GULS). The L Card provides students with special deals at numerous hospitality, retail and services outlets in Brisbane. Visit the L Card website to see the full list of deals.
Each semester, the UQLS fields teams in social sporting competitions run at UQ. In 2014 these include waterpolo, touch, netball and dodgeball. Our weekly running club is attended by a large contingent of keen runners in preparation for Bridge to Brisbane in September.
To assist students in learning about and gaining employment with their law qualifications, the UQLS organises a Professional Development Seminar Series in March where students can gain information from a wide range of employers. In addition, the UQLS hosts Annual Professional Drinks, where students and practitioners have the opportunity to meet and mingle.
In Semester 2, the UQLS runs the popular Barristers Work Experience Program (BWEP) and the Ashurst Work Experience Program (AWEP), which gives second and third year students the chance to undergo 40 hours of unpaid work experience with a practising Barrister and at Ashurst.
Want to know more?
Elections are held at the Annual General Meeting in August/September for all of the UQLS Executive positions. This is your chance to get involved in the running of the UQLS, so look out for calls for nominations.
If you have any questions or suggestions, drop by the office in the West Wing of the Forgan Smith building (Room 1-W227) or email email@example.com.
Justice and The Law Society (JATL) is a productive and vital organisation within the TC Beirne School of Law. An active organisation with diverse membership, JATL performs an important role in promoting awareness of women's issues, general legal issues and social justice issues and also provides a forum for members to raise concerns. Membership includes females and males, law and non-law students and professionals within the law and in other fields.
JATL's aims and objectives are to:
- Expose gender inequality within the legal profession, the administration of the law and the wider community and to work for its elimination
- Investigate, publicise and provide information about social justice issues affecting the community
- Increase awareness of social implications of laws and policies and to ensure that legal education is situated within a social context
- Provide networks among members, students, the legal profession and professional women's networks (locally, nationally and internationally)
- Celebrate women's achievements in the law and other areas
- Represent, address and improve women's issues and concerns
- Be a forum for members and others to raise concerns, whether these be directly related to educational matters or to broader community issues
- Maintain a dynamic relationship between JATL and its members, the Law School, staff, sponsors and the profession
- Advocate on behalf of UQ law students for a high quality, fair and equitable legal education
- Be an inclusive and accessible society
JATL achieves these goals by hosting professional networking functions, social and sporting functions and educative seminars, by organising an academic paper competition and by publishing an annual academic journal and quarterly newsletters.
The Australian Legal Philosophy Students Association (ALPSA) is an association, based at The University of Queensland, which aims to promote the study of legal philosophy among law students, academics and the legal profession.
What ALPSA does
Every year ALPSA hosts a range of debates, seminars and competitions including:
- The Annual Launch Event - A professional event held at the beginning of each year, for students and the profession on topics relevant to the aims of the Association
- The National Essay Competition - Held each year, the National Essay Competition is a chance for students to polish an old assignment into a paper that showcases their ability to discuss the complexities of legal philosophy, shrouding a historical or controversial topic of choice.
How to get involved
- Join the ALPSA Facebook Group: "Australian Legal Philosophy Students' Association" for news and updates
- Attend ALPSA lectures and debates held at UQ or elsewhere in Brisbane
- Enter the National Essay Competition
- Contact ALPSA at firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more please visit www.alpsa.com.au.
The UQ International Law Society (UQILS) was founded to make the diverse and developing field of international law more accessible to UQ students. By providing knowledge, skills, experience and connections, the UQILS seeks to create opportunities for its members to engage with international law, and to network with professionals and fellow students.
Through cooperation with the TC Beirne School of Law and other student societies, the UQILS is committed to ensuring that all students with an interest in this rapidly emerging field are suitably equipped for future study and employment opportunities.
Membership is open to all UQ students, regardless of program, year level and prior experience or education in the field. You can like the group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uqils/ for news, events and membership details.