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Dean's Welcome

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I warmly welcome you to Newcastle Law School. Please take the opportunity to explore our webpages to learn more about the exciting education programs and cutting edge research in our school.

Our mission as Australia's leading clinical law school is to provide an innovative legal education incorporating experiential learning that is interdisciplinary and internationally focused. Through first class, research-led legal education, we integrate the study and practice of law in our distinctive Practice Program where students work with real clients guided by dedicated and experienced practitioners at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC). The work of our UNLC practitioners extends into the community in various ways, including regular legal advice clinics, summer advice clinics at Newcastle Beach through our innovative 'Law on the Beach' program, and casework of local, regional and national significance. Students are able to 'experience the law' in action, which enhances their 'work-ready' skills and gives our graduates a distinct advantage in a competitive job market. In addition to this important practical experience, our graduates are ethically responsible global citizens, who have a strong sense of social justice, uphold the rule of law and are committed to the highest professional standards.

Our academic staff are world-class professionals, who are researching across various fields of legal endeavour, including family and child law, health law, criminal law and evidence, international law, commercial and corporate law, workplace health and safety law and legal education. Our research aims to develop legal and regulatory solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing our community, region and world. Our commitment to high quality teaching and learning is an important part of our overall educational philosophy in producing consummate legal professionals who have sound disciplinary knowledge, excellent analytical and research skills, and a clear understanding of ethical and professional standards. With over twenty years of highly successful clinical legal education, the Newcastle Law School opens up a world of opportunity for graduates in a broad range of private and public sector careers. Currently, Newcastle Law School is in the top 3 Australian Law School for graduate employment outcomes.

Newcastle Law School is moving forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century with an increasing commitment to high impact research, internationalisation, high quality postgraduate and undergraduate education as well as strong engagement with our community. The move to New Space in 2017 will enhance our opportunities for collaboration with the legal profession and the courts. We are all looking forward to this move and anticipating that it will enhance our reputation as Australia's leading clinical law school and will allow us to take advantage of the many opportunities presented for our future impact in legal research and clinical legal education.

This is an exciting journey. We trust that in joining us on this journey you will be provided with a solid and enviable educational foundation which will be the springboard to a successful career and engagement in lifelong learning.

Associate Professor John Anderson

Dean and Head (Acting), Newcastle Law School.