- University of Queensland Law Society (UQLS)
- Justice and the Law Society (JATL)
- Australian Legal Philosophy Students Association (ALPSA)
University of Queensland Law Society (UQLS)
The University of Queensland Law Society (UQLS) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation with a long and proud history of serving the academic and extra-curricular needs of University of Queensland Law students and the broader UQ community. The same aims and purposes that inspired the former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Sir Harry Gibbs, to found the UQLS in 1937 continue to drive us in everything we do.
The Patron of the UQLS is Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
The UQLS is organised into three portfolios:
Education & ALSA
A key objective of the UQLS is to promote excellence in both teaching and learning. Three Education Officers are available to represent the concerns of law students. The UQLS acts as an advocate for the student body and actively seeks the opinions of students in a variety of forums.
The UQLS also provides a Notepool which allows access to the summaries of outstanding students in a number of courses. These may be downloaded from the UQLS website.
The UQLS runs a series of competitions that encourage students to develop their practical legal skills, with a focus on oral advocacy and alternative dispute resolution. Throughout the year, the UQLS runs Mooting, Paper Presentation, Legal Drafting, Trial Advocacy, Negotiation and Client Interviewing competitions. The UQLS Competitions Team is assisted by the Competitions Advisory Board.
The Textbook Loan Program aims to assist financially disadvantaged students through offsetting the cost of textbooks for one or two semesters. The UQLS also liaises with the Law School on a variety of equity issues, including those relating to gender, ethnicity and disability.
On a social level the UQLS organises a wide variety of social functions throughout the year. These include the Law Ball, Halfway Dinner and Law Dinner. Keynote speakers at recent Law Dinners include the esteemed journalist Kerry O'Brien, The Hon Michael Kirby, The Hon Gough Whitlam and The Right Hon Malcolm Fraser. Functions such as these help to promote an enjoyable and inclusive university experience.
The L Card
The UQLS also produces The L Card, the biggest student discount card in Brisbane, in conjunction with the QUT Association of Justice and Law Students (QUOTALS) and Griffith University Law Society (GULS). The L Card provides students with special deals at over 70 hospitality, retail and services outlets in Brisbane. Visit the L Card website to see the full list of deals.
In the sporting arena, the Law Cup provides a day of friendly competition between law students and practitioners. Every semester, the UQLS fields teams in the UQ Mixed Social, Mixed Netball and Uni Touch competitions.
The UQ Law Revue has become an entertainment highlight on the university calendar. In 2009, the Revue plaued to four full houses at the Schonell Theatre at UQ. The Revue is a satirical take on all things law, politics, society, popular culture and university.
To assist students in learning about and gaining employment with their law qualifications, the UQLS organises a Professional Development Week in March where students can gain information from a wide range of employers. In addition, the UQLS hosts Annual Professional Drinks, where students and practitioners have the opportunity to meet and mingle. The keynote speakers at the 2010 Annual Professional Drinks was The Hon Justice Margaret A McMurdo, President of the Queensland Court of Appeal.
The UQLS produces five major publications each year. Legal Directions and Alternative Routes to the Top provide valuable career information of intending graduates. The always popular Obiter takes a humorous look at the Law School and life in general, whilst Res Ipsa is the UQLS Annual Yearbook, chronicles the year that has passed. Ratio is a monthly newsletter which details all the latest news and events you need to know about in the Law School. In 2010, the UQLS released the very first LLB Guide.
Want to know more?
Elections are held at the Annual General Meeting in September for all of the UQLS Executive positions. This is your chance to get involved in the running of the UQLS, so look out for calls for nominations in September.
If you have any questions or suggestions, drop by the office in the West Wing of the Forgan Smith building (Room 1-W227) or consult the website at http://www.uqls.com
Justice and the Law Society (JATL)
Justice and The Law Society (JATL) is a productive and vital organisation within the TC Beirne School of Law. An active organisation with diverse membership, JATL performs an important role in promoting awareness of women's issues, general legal issues and social justice issues and also provides a forum for members to raise concerns. Membership includes females and males, law and non-law students and professionals within the law and in other fields.
JATL's aims and objectives are to:
- Expose gender inequality within the legal profession, the administration of the law and the wider community and to work for its elimination
- Investigate, publicise and provide information about social justice issues affecting the community
- Increase awareness of social implications of laws and policies and to ensure that legal education is situated within a social context
- Provide networks among members, students, the legal profession and professional women's networks (locally, nationally and internationally)
- Celebrate women's achievements in the law and other areas
- Represent, address and improve women's issues and concerns
- Be a forum for members and others to raise concerns, whether these be directly related to educational matters or to broader community issues
- Maintain a dynamic relationship between JATL and its members, the Law School, staff, sponsors and the profession
- Advocate on behalf of UQ law students for a high quality, fair and equitable legal education
- Be an inclusive and accessible society
JATL achieves these goals by hosting professional networking functions, social and sporting functions and educative seminars, by organising an academic paper competition and by publishing an annual academic journal and quarterly newsletters.
Australian Legal Philosophy Students Association (ALPSA)
The Australian Legal Philosophy Students Association (ALPSA) is an association, based at The University of Queensland, which aims to promote the study of legal philosophy among law students, academics and the legal profession.
What ALPSA does
Every year ALPSA hosts a range of debates, seminars and competitions including:
- The Annual Launch Event - A professional event held at the beginning of each year, for students and the profession on topics relevant to the aims of the Association
- The National Essay Competition - Held each year, the National Essay Competition is a chance for students to polish an old assignment into a paper that showcases their ability to discuss the complexities of legal philosophy, shrouding a historical or controversial topic of choice.
How to get involved
- Join the ALPSA Facebook Group: "Australian Legal Philosophy Students' Association" for news and updates
- Attend ALPSA lectures and debates held at UQ or elsewhere in Brisbane
- Enter the National Essay Competition
- Contact ALPSA at firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more please visit www.alpsa.com.au.