The University of Wollongong Law Students’ Society (UOWLSS) is a team of committed students, elected to represent the interests of law students at the University of Wollongong. We aim to get law students involved in University life outside the classroom, and to participate and engage with each other, as well as promoting and developing the study of law at UOW.
UOWLSS does a number of things, including;
- organising both social and educational events to build and foster students’ connections with each other, the UOW Law Faculty, and the Legal Profession run legal skills competitions to allow like minded students to meet each other, and foster practical legal skills in a way that can improve academic performance as a law student;
- provide quality guides and publications about the law degree, and students’ future career options;
- represents UOW law students’ interests to the Faculty and University through seats on the Faculty Committee, Faculty Education Committee & Faculty Advisory Committee, and also nationally by holding seats on the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) Council.
UOWLSS exists to embrace the different needs of all law students at UOW, and to generate a more rewarding and exciting university experience. UOWLSS is run by a committee of elected students who offer their time, effort, and energy on a voluntary basis to ensure that all UOW law students have a memorable experience.
We seek to embrace the different needs of all our members to generate a richer and more rewarding experience for them while they attend the University of Wollongong.
The UOWLSS’s main objectives are to:
- promote and develop all aspects in the studies of law and legal practice at the University of Wollongong, particularly in the intellectual, social and cultural spheres;
- provide a conduit between law students, the legal profession, and the academic community;
- create an environment for membersto allow them to engage in law related projects associated with their interests and tastes;
- provide a representative voice for the students of the faculty, particularly with regard to educational issues;
- foster goodwill between the students and staff of the of the University of Wollongong Law Faculty;
- develop relationships between the students and external bodies such as ALSA, the legal community and prospective employers.
The University of Wollongong Law Students’ Society was formed in 1991. in that time, UOWLSS has grown from an initial membership of twenty students to approximately three hundred students annually. Currently it is one of the largest student associations on campus.
UOWLSS is a dynamic body of Wollongong law students who remain focused on the promotion of the legal profession in Australia. The range of degree choices for students is just one element that makes up the remarkable dynamics of the law student body. The University of Wollongong does not attract regional residents only, but students with a diverse range of backgrounds. Many students travel from Sydney City and Sydney’s Southern suburbs, as well as nationally and internationally to study law at the University of Wollongong.
UOWLSS has recognised the diversity of the student body and is continually looking to build active student participation in a range of areas from social activities through to professional goals and development.
An elected executive and committee are responsible for management of UOWLSS, as outlined in our Constitution.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to the structure and governance of UOWLSS, please contact any member of the Executive. Members are welcome to attend our committee meetings*, which are held on a regular basis throughout semester.
* Please note that occasionally some items of business are marked Confidential and observers may be requested to leave the room while these items of business are discussed.
UOWLSS represents students to both UOW (through seats on the Faculty Committee, Faculty Education Committee & Faculty Advisory Committee) and on a national level (through seats on Council of the Australian Law Students’ Association).
UOWLSS also has a number of ‘year representatives’ and committee members who are more than happy to connect law students with the UOWLSS executive, who can raise issues with the faculty.