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School of Law and Society

Our aim is to provide a practical, inspiring and rigorous learning environment that empowers graduates to be skilled, future-ready and socially responsible.

We are committed to quality teaching and learning that focuses on employability and flexibility, where students learn to work independently, as well as with others, to navigate complex practical, ethical and social issues.

We look forward to working with you to achieve your ambitions and to contribute and innovate locally and globally.


Through our academic programs we: 

  • Prepare outstanding and ethical graduates who are equipped for rapidly changing and interdisciplinary careers
  • Advance meaningful scholarship and ideas for the benefit of the academic, professional and wider community
  • Foster public service and justice

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We produce high quality and impactful research that makes a difference in our world. Research is underpinned by principles of human rights, social justice and integrity.

Research spotlight

Virtual child sexual abuse material can be used to disguise real abuse
New research on virtual child sexual abuse material (VCSAM) shows it can disguise the abuse of real children and be a gateway to “contact offending” against children (meaning abusing them in real life), and a grooming technique.
Pro-speeding content higher in speeders

USC’s Road Safety Research Collaboration Unit has confirmed the link between social media, mass media and an influence on risk-taking behaviour in new research showing exposure to content promoting speeding on social media and mass media was higher in speeders compared to non-speeders.

Research students

Progress knowledge and pursue your research passion under the supervision of our school's skilled researchers and industry experts.


Hands-on learning

UniSC campuses feature modern learning facilities and specialist simulated environments including a near replica of a real courtroom, called the moot court. Strong connections to industry give students clinic experience helping real clients in the community.


Sunshine Coast Senior Lecturer in Law Dr Timothy Peters
Speculative fiction reveals deep truths of legal system

Movie audiences are often exposed to the deeper aspects of the modern legal system as they enjoy fantastic tales about superheroes and arch-villains says Senior Lecturer in Law, Dr Timothy Peters.

UniSC graduate elected to lead law association

UniSC graduate Jessica Popple has been appointed president of the Sunshine Coast Law Association (SCLA), the first member of UniSC’s Law alumni to lead the association.

Award for research mitigating risks from extreme heat

Doctoral student and town planner, Ryan McNeilly Smith has received a Planning Institute of Australia Award for Excellence for research investigating how urban design can mitigate health risks from extreme heat.