One of the most wonderful parts of university is the opportunity to learn something new and exciting from experts in the field in the presence of gifted peers. The Education portfolio are the people who try to ensure that this experience is enjoyed by all, advocating for students’ education all year round with the Law School, through the Education Board and the Education Report.
We also host events, including the Naida Haxton Lecture and Sir Harry Gibbs Lecture, and assist with studies, through Peer Assisted Learning Sessions (PALS) and Notepool. We work on the belief that students’ relationships with their education will be fundamental throughout their time at university. We are here to help further develop and support that relationship.
If you have any questions concerning our education events, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sir Harry Gibbs Lecture
Annually in Semester 2, The Sir Harry Gibbs Lecture is delivered by a prominent legal or political figure speaking on important contemporary issues. The lecture has been delivered by Michael Kirby AC CMG, the Honourable George Brandis QC, the Honourable Patrick Keane QC, the Honourable Julian Burnside AO QC and Professor Graeme Orr. The lecture is a highlight of the year and is not to be missed.
The Naida Haxton Lecture
The Naida Haxton Lecture is named after the first female barrister to practise in Queensland, Ms Naida Haxton AM, and focuses on advocacy and legal history. The inaugural lecture was held in 2016 and presented by the Honourable Justice Susan Brown and continues to be held annually in Semester 1.
The Modern Lawyer Series
The Modern Lawyers Series is a new initiative delivered by leading lawyers directly to students. The three-part series will explore what it takes to make it as a modern lawyer, as well as equipping you with the skills to impress firms.
Peer Assisted Learning Sessions (PALS)
Whilst sometimes you’ll be thinking you are taking a Latin and French class instead of studying the law, the PALS team is here to explain the meaning of stare decisis, ratio decidendi and force majeure. Most importantly, PALS is designed to help you approach the seminars, assignments and exams that await you. Throughout first and second year, the PALS sessions will run through:
The correct application of the IRAC formula;
How to effectively conduct legal research;
Referencing and footnoting skills;
Advice for answering past exams; and
General study and wellness tips.
PALS aims to facilitate a more informal and collaborative learning environment than a typical class. As such, the PALS sessions are taught by students in the later stages of their law degree and provides an excellent opportunity to meet people from across all year levels. The dates and content for this year’s PALS sessions will be published on the UQLS Facebook page, as well as via email notices.
The Education team engages in advocacy related to education issues and constructively liaises with the Law School to improve T.C. Beirne. Aside from regularly meeting with the Head of School and the Dean of the BEL Faculty, the UQLS represents student’s academic concerns on a variety of School and National bodies, including:
T.C. Beirne School of Law Teaching and Learning Committee
Council of the Australian Law Students’ Association
UQ Law Graduates’ Committee
T.C. Beirne School of Law Selection Committee
You can also submit anonymous feedback on courses and assessment here which will be directed to the relevant advocacy group.
The UQLS’ Education Board is a separate student advisory group made up of a Year Level Academic Representative from each cohort and a Graduate representative. The Board is responsible for liaising between students and the Law School to ensure that you can get the most out of your LLB.
Every year the Board also conducts a survey and further research which are used to produce the Education Report.
Working out how to organise the lecture notes into a concise and helpful summary can be challenging, especially when you’ve missed class or the exam is right around the corner! Luckily, NotePool gathers past high-achieving law students’ notes from compulsory and elective subjects into an online database. This database is being updated and will be available shortly.
Wanting to help out your fellow law students in their studies? Now is your chance to contribute by submitting high quality revision notes or course summaries for ANY and ALL law subjects to Notepool! Notes can be submitted here, and successful contributors will be thanked on the website.
The UQLS Tutoring Database is a service which helps connect law students to further their education. This database allows students to do three things:
1. Help students to find law tutors
2. Help law tutors to find students
3. Help law students to find other students to form study groups.
Students looking for other students
If you are interested in meeting other students to form study groups, please complete this form. Please note that this database may not be used to facilitate any form of academic misconduct.
UQLS will contact you as soon as possible with the name and email of tutors, study group mates, or students that match your request.