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International Students

Become part of the Law School community

A UTAS Law degree is formally recognised by the legal profession and relevant government accreditation bodies in most Commonwealth countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, India, South Africa, New Zealand and most Pacific nations.

The University of Tasmania Law School warmly welcomes international students and has done so since the 1950s. Today, a great number of students from many Commonwealth countries including Malaysia, Singapore and India undertake their legal studies in Tasmania. Many complete their entire law degree at UTAS and many others come on an exchange from universities around the world.

The Law Faculty offers a unique and innovative International Students Support Program (ISSP). The objective is to assist international students to achieve their full academic potential and to ensure that their time studying in Australia is memorable. A staff coordinator and a team of dedicated tutors provide mentoring and supervision, a bridging program for new students, extra tutorials and social events. In 2008 this program won a National Award for Services Supporting Student Learning.

International Student Experience

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International Student Support Program (ISSP)

Need help with your studies or personal support?

The UTAS Law School provides effective assistance in a variety of ways to support your study and help make your stay in Tasmania are comfortable and rewarding. From our nationally award winning ISSP program, to quality university services such as English Assist, you will have everything you need to succeed in your studies.

The Law Faculty offers a unique and innovative support program for international students.

The objectives of the International Students Support Program (ISSP) are to assist international students to achieve their full academic potential and to ensure that their time studying in Australia is memorable. The Faculty of Law has provided academic and pastoral support for international students since 1996.

A staff coordinator and a team of dedicated tutors provide mentoring and supervision, a bridging program for new students, extra tutorials and social events.

In 2008 this program won a National Award for Services Supporting Student Learning. This Award recognises learning and teaching support programs and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and the quality of the student experience of higher education.

ISSP Coordinator

Dr Kerryn Brent

Dr Kerryn Brent is available to discuss any problems or concerns you may have. Kerryn will refer you to specialised support if necessary and follow up to see how you are going. The ISSP Coordinator is there to help you.

To make an appointment:
Email: K.A.Brent@utas.edu.au
Telephone: +61 3 6226 2773
Room: 2.21


Tutorial Program

For each compulsory subject in the law degree, additional tutorial assistance is provided to international students. A tutor is appointed for each subject (generally an academically strong undergraduate) who each week:

  • Conducts a tutorial
  • Is available for consultation

International students are expected to attend both mainstream tutorials and ISSP tutorials. Generally, the tutor will cover:

  • The topics being conducted in the mainstream classes
  • Preparation for assessment
  • Provide general skills seminars in research, legal referencing and mooting

Mentoring and Supervision

Through a process of mentoring and supervising students, the ISSP's aim is to support and provide pastoral care to all international students. In addition to informal consultation with the international students and answering student queries, the coordinator liaises with international students for the purpose of:

  • Checking on general well-being
  • Providing assistance and referral in relation to legal and study skills
  • Reviewing attendance at ISSP tutorials

Useful UTAS Website Resources

UTAS International Students

UTAS Current Students

Librarians

The librarians at the Law Library may be of great assistance to students. Students are encouraged to speak to them at the counter or use the resources at the Law Library.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

The Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) program is an academic support program, available to all students studying in selected units. PASS study groups are led by successful senior students.

English Language Centre

Staff at the English Language Centre delivers English courses designed to meet the needs of international students by providing Direct Entry programs into UTAS degree courses and assisting in IELTS preparation.

UniStart International

UniStart delivers online learning modules to help you adjust to university life, including independent living, critical thinking, research strategies, assignment writing, academic honesty and academic english.

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Law ISSP Coordinator

Contact: Dr Kerryn Brent is available to discuss any problems or concerns you may have.

The Tasmania University Law Society (TULS) International Student Officer

Contact: Jibril Khalid is the 2019 International Student Officer, and can be contacted at international@tuls.com.au.

The International Student Officer role is to bridge the gap between international students and the wider community. Keeping up with the pressure of law school is important, but participating in other social and extra-curricular activities is just as important. We encourage every international student to get involved in social activities that helps lead to an enriching and holistic university experience.

Tasmania University Law Society (TULS) is a society that is run by law students themselves and plays a huge role in making Law School more holistic and well-rounded. TULS regularly organises events such as barrels and hosts the opulent Law Ball annually. It also provides academic support through events such as exam tutorials and educational workshops.

Activities and Societies

There are many activities, societies and clubs available for students of the Law School and the University. From the Tasmanian University Law Society (TULS), to the University's many societies, there is something for everyone.

Each semester social events are organised by the ISSP for the international students, tutors, and general staff.

Together with TULS, an excursion for interested international students is organised each semester. In the past students have visited Hastings Caves, Mount Wellington, the Botanical Gardens flower festival, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and the historic village of Richmond.

TULS organises many social events, both for international students and for the wider student body. They are involved in organising events, such as: a sushi and satay night, cheese and wine night, cocktail parties, end-of-semester events and the annual Law Ball at the end of year.

International Students' Associations at the University of Tasmania

There are many UTAS Student Societies set-up by students from different nationalities, to celebrate these cultures and connect with other students. International students are also encouraged to sign up to any of the other societies, which range in focus from film, music, art, sports and many other activities. For a complete list of UTAS societies and clubs, please go to the Tasmania University Union.