25 September 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast has received accreditation from the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board of Queensland for its suite of Law degrees to be introduced in 2014.
This means USC’s Bachelor of Laws programs, as well as its seven double degree Laws programs, are now approved academic qualifications for entry into the legal profession in Australia.
The accreditation was achieved by the University’s inaugural Professors of Law Neil and Anne Rees, who were each formerly Deans of Law at the University of Newcastle before starting at USC in February.
“We are looking forward to our first intake of students next year,” Professor Anne Rees said.
“It is always exciting to be in on the ground floor of any program. We have been delighted with the co-operation and interest from the local legal profession.”
Sunshine Coast Law Association president John Watson of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers in Maroochydore congratulated the University, saying the availability of law degrees locally would help to bolster the region’s legal profession.
“The USC accreditation is significant for the Sunshine Coast legal profession going forward in helping to grow our local profession here on the Coast,” he said.
“The opening of the USC law school also presents greater opportunities for local legal practitioners to lecture and tutor law students in their areas of legal speciality. This has benefits all round, including greater interaction between law students and local lawyers.”
USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the accreditation was a major step forward for the University in meeting local demand for this popular degree.
“Our new law school, which is in very experienced hands, will provide Sunshine Coast residents with the opportunity to obtain a first class legal education without needing to leave home or commute to Brisbane daily,” he said.
Professor Hill thanked the local legal profession for the support and encouragement it had already provided to Professors Neil and Anne Rees.
“I anticipate a strong partnership with the local legal profession which should greatly enhance the quality of the educational experience for law students at USC.”
The seven combined Law degrees on offer for 2014 are Laws/Arts, Laws/Business, Laws/Commerce (Accounting), Laws/Creative Writing, Laws/Journalism, Laws/Science and Laws/Social Science.
— Terry Walsh