UQ Law students treated to address by Chief Justice
UQ Law School students were treated to an address by Chief Justice Timothy Carmody recently as part of the compulsory first-year Legal Method course.
The course covers the importance of a thorough grounding in the structure of the Australian legal system and the development of skills in legal reasoning and case analysis, statutory interpretation and legal research and writing. This foundation is the essential for all later study at law school.
Chief Justice Carmody spoke about the role of the judiciary in a parliamentary democracy based on the rule of law.
Chief Justice Carmody commenced his appointment as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland, and as Chief Justice of Queensland, on July 8, 2014. From 2013 until his current appointment, Justice Carmody was a judge of the District Court of Queensland, and the Chief Magistrate of Queensland. Prior to his most recent judicial appointments, Justice Carmody was the Chairman of the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.
Professor Simon Bronitt, Deputy Head of School, welcomed the Chief Justice to UQ, observing that his lecture to new law students had offered “a unique window on the judicial mindset and myriad challenges facing modern judges obliged to put aside their personal interest and political considerations in upholding their judicial oaths to do ‘justice according to law’.” The lecture drew on examples from history exposing the high cost lawyers sometimes pay for upholding the rule of the law, Professor Bronitt expressing hope that ‘law students will have to cause to reflect upon these lessons as they pursue their studies and legal careers into the future.”
About the UQ Law School Bachelor of Laws
Program: Graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: November 30, 2015
Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.
International applicants from Canada with a cumulative average of approximately 75% or above in their university studies, are eligible to apply to University of Queensland Law School’s graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws. Please note that each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study. The University of Queensland does not require the LSAT for entry. Work experience is not required for admission.
Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the UQ LLB program.