In your first year of law? Studying externally? Or simply struggling to figure out what, how and when you want to study? Studying law is full of exciting opportunities, but figuring out the technicalities of your degree can be hard. That’s why MULS Education exists – we’re here to help you find the right advice to get you on the right track.
Can’t find the right information? Feel free to contact your Student Engagement Director Jack Morgan at email@example.com or your External and Distant Students Officer Elizabeth Ginges at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergraduate Academic Advisors in the Law School
If you’re seeking academic advice (like what units to study to get your degree) in relation to law, the relevant staff members to contact are:
General Academic Advice
Associate Professor Archana Parashar
(For students whose surnames commence with the letters A to K)
Room 618, Law School Building
Ms Debra Ronan
(For students whose surnames commence with the letters L to Z)
Room 517, Law School Building
Exemptions, Credit for Previous Study and Exchange Programs
Dr Carlos Bernal
Room 625, Law School Building
Mr Ilija Vickovich
Room 624, Law School Building
What do academic advisers do?
Academic advisers are staff that assist students with issues relating to their academic progress. They do provide you with information that you could obtain from eStudent or from the Macquarie website or Handbook – it is only when you run into particular or unusual difficulties that help from academic advisers should be sought.
What research should I do before consulting an academic adviser?
First, check to see if your question has been answered on the Macquarie University website (www.mq.edu.au).Most of what you need can be found by clicking on ‘New and Current Students’ on the University home page. On the right hand side of this website you will find useful quick links such as ‘enrolment’.
You can find other information you will find by clicking ‘Undergraduates’ in the left-hand column. The section marked ‘Forms and Documents’ is particularly useful. For information relating specifically to your law degree, you will find much of it on the Law School website: www.law.mq.edu.au.
In particular, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are familiar with the requirements of your degree, in terms of the units you need to study and how many credit points you need to graduate. These requirements are set out in the Handbook of Undergraduate Studies, available from the Library or Co-op, or from the link at the top of the Macquarie University home page (click ‘Course Handbook’).
While at Macquarie, you will need to study the Handbook almost as much as the readings given you by teachers.
What particular enquiries are appropriate for academic advisers?
It is appropriate to seek academic advice if you face an unusual problem in relation to your study. Please note that the Law School academic advisers can only assist in relation to the law component of your degree. As for your non-law degree, you should seek assistance from the relevant department.
One of the most common reasons for needing academic advice is to obtain a waiver in relation to unit prerequisites. Prerequisites refer to units which a student must complete before commencing a particular unit. These can be found in the Handbook (click under ‘units’ if you’re using the on-line version). For instance, you will not be allowed to complete a 200-level unit (e.g. LAW204 Contracts) until you have completed 6 credit points (cp) in LAW units at 100 level.
Sometimes prerequisites need to be waived for particular students. Most commonly, these students started their law degree at another university, or transferred into the law degree from another Macquarie degree, and are out of step with most of the student cohort.
If you think you need a waiver of prerequisites, you should ask the appropriate academic adviser for a document that explains the process of applying for a waiver.
How to obtain advice
Please note that academic advice will only be given to students who can demonstrate that they have first made a concerted effort to research their enquiry.
However, if you have done your research, made a genuine effort to understand the rules, but are still uncertain or confused, or have problems that are peculiar to you, then you may contact an academic adviser. Some of you may also need to contact an adviser in relation to particular waivers.
You should set out your query in an email to your adviser. Advisers check their emails regularly and will try to get back to you promptly.
MULS Mental Health Guide
A point of reference for all law students at Macquarie. The guide covers the symptoms and signs of the most common mental disorders, strategies for coping, a spotlight section on suicide and support, and an honest question and answer section with current law students from an array of different backgrounds.
Click on the image to download
Legal Research Guide – Research & Discovery
First Year Survival Guide
This official how-to in surviving law at Macquarie! Even if you are not a first year it is worth a look as it is packed with all things relevant to your studies, such as the academic and MULS social calendar, this years academic advisers, and the best tips and tricks to studying law. Check it out!
The Law Society of New South Wales – Young Lawyers
With more than 13,000 members, NSW Young Lawyers is the state’s largest body of young and newly practising lawyers, and law students.
Active, innovative and dynamic, NSW Young Lawyers supports practitioners in the early stages of their career development, giving them the opportunity to meet, work together, expand their knowledge, advance their career and contribute to the profession and community.
Membership is free and automatic for all NSW lawyers under 36 years and/or in their first five years of practice, and law students.
Through our Continuing Legal Education (CLE) activities, NSW Young Lawyers are able to support the development of programs for the benefit of both the legal profession and the community at large.
For more information click here.
I’m having a problem with my degree. Is there someone I can talk to?
Yes. If you experience any problems regarding your degree such as inability to attend compulsory On-Campus Sessions (OCS) days contact your Unit Convenor. Their email and office number can be found in the unit outline or at www.law.mq.edu.au/html/staff.htm under the relevant unit description. If not, contact your External and Distant Students Officer Elizabeth Ginges at email@example.com.
How do I get involved in law competitions at Macquarie?
Macquarie Law School has a wide range of competitions designed to give students a feel of what it’s like to be a practising lawyer, for both internal and external students. Email your Competitions Director Tom Platt at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How do I find out about elective units?
For information about elective units visit http://www.handbook.mq.edu.au/2011/Units/UGByPrefix/LAW or refer to your handbook about general requirements necessary to graduate with an LLB.
I have a question about a unit I am currently enrolled in – who should I contact?
If any queries or concerns about your units of study arise you should first contact the Unit Convener. Their email and office number can be found in the unit outline or at www.law.mq.edu.au/html/staff.htm under the relevant unit description.
If not contact Elizabeth Ginges at email@example.com who can assist you with any questions or difficulties you may have.
What is PAL?
Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) is an invaluable program that provides additional support to students through free workshops run by students who have excelled in that unit. They are run in group settings in an effort to promote improved learning and understanding of the unit’s content.
Participating in PAL increases the likelihood of achieving higher grades.
As an external student am I still able to get involved in the social side of Macquarie Law?
MULS runs social events throughout the year. First-years are encouraged to attend Law Camp, and for other there are Start of Semester (SOS) drinks, Law Cruise and Law Ball. And of course, the annual law society skit-show Law Revue always delivers an entertaining night of comedy.