Welcome from the Dean

Prof. Michael Quinlan

Welcome to the Sydney Campus of The University of Notre Dame Australia and to the School of Law.

The School of Law wants to assist you to achieve your full potential, whether you choose to study law with the aim of joining the legal profession and working in a large commercial firm or in a smaller or suburban practice, as a barrister and advocate or as in-house counsel. You may also have some other career path in mind. The School of Law has a commitment to excellence and to developing graduates with a sound ethical grounding and real practical training. Our academic staff have all practised (or continue to practice) law as judges, barristers, solicitors or as lawyers working for corporates, government, not for profits or religious organisations in Australia or overseas. As an example, before commencing as the Dean of the School of Law in 2013, I worked for over 23 years at the large commercial law firm Allens, where I was a partner for more than 14 years. Allens has a strategic alliance with global law firm Linklaters.

Our objective at the School of Law is to graduate students who not only know the law as an academic discipline but have the skills necessary to be great lawyers and well-rounded people. An essential requirement of any lawyer is the ability to consider and explain an argument. This is a skill which is difficult to foster in huge lecture theatres overflowing with students. At Notre Dame we seek to maintain smaller class sizes so that all students have an opportunity to contribute and to grow. For the last two years our average class size has been 31 students. As a Catholic University, we teach within the context of Catholic faith and values and have a commitment to the pastoral care of our students. Our undergraduate law degrees incorporate philosophy, ethics and theology (which is taught within the Catholic theological tradition).

If you are joining us as a new student or returning to complete your degree I most wholeheartedly welcome you. If you are considering the School of Law on the Sydney Campus of Notre Dame and have any questions or require any further information about the University, the Sydney Law School or the degrees we offer, we would be delighted to hear from you.

- Prof. Michael Quinlan