Why study law?

Many of our graduates have become significant figures not only in the legal profession but also at the highest levels in state and federal politics and in many other areas of public life.

We have a close alumni network that includes Rhodes Scholars and University medallists, eminent legal professionals, Australian State and Federal politicians, international legal officers and Professors of Law.

A special feature of law at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) is that being the only university in the State, we are privileged to have tremendous support from the legal profession, judiciary and magistracy for practical skills training, for our mooting program, and assisting in judging competitions and selecting teams for participation in national competitions.

We offer a contemporary undergraduate law curriculum with a global perspective, and encourage student commitment to social justice and community service. For example, many students are involved with community legal centres or other community organisations.

We provide a supportive, vibrant, and collegiate environment, rich in diversity, promoting a high performance culture for students and staff. Your experience with us will be enriching and memorable. You will graduate as a well-rounded individual with keen written and interpersonal communication skills.

Dr Lionel Nichols: prosecuting some of the biggest cases of our time.

Dr Lionel Nichols
Bachelor of Laws

Careers in law

Law is more than a study of rules and principles. During your degree you’ll develop high-level intellectual qualities, which includes the ability to think independently and critically, to research thoroughly, to reason logically and systematically and to communicate ideas clearly.

This ability to critically assess and evaluate information, theories and doctrines is ideal preparation for a variety of interesting and challenging careers.

The Bachelor of Laws course is the basic academic preparation for anyone wanting to enter the legal profession and other careers involving legal work. You’ll develop an understanding of the role of law in society and appreciate how the law operates in many commercial, industrial and societal contexts.

While you may have fewer contact hours than a degree like Medicine, to be successful, you should commit to active learning. The more you put into your study, the more you get out of your university experience.

A law degree is one of the most versatile university qualifications available. Many of our graduates have also gone on to successful careers outside law. This includes fields such as; policy writing, speech writing, media or communications, editing, public relations, politics and advocacy.

By taking law as a double degree, graduates can widen their career opportunities even further, in different sectors, industries or areas of specialist interest.

Graduate Diploma of Legal Studies

Sarah Kimber

"I decided to do postgraduate study at the University of Tasmania because of the course’s fantastic reputation in preparing students for a career in the legal profession. The course provides students with the necessary tools to ensure they will be competent and capable members of the legal profession."

Career options

  • Legal aid
  • Community legal centres
  • The Attorney-General’s Department
  • Law Reform Commissions
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Environment
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Police
  • Legal drafting
  • Politics
  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Teaching

What's next?