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Join with the oldest Law School in Queensland and support the cultivation of exceptional legal thinkers and leaders who use their discipline, ingenuity and initiative to change and enrich our society.

With your help, we can provide greater access to scholarships, improved student experiences through the UQ Pro Bono Centre and Mooting Program, and more opportunities for our researchers to help answer some of humanity’s enduring legal and ethical questions.

The T.C. Beirne School of Law has a long and proud tradition as the premier law school in Queensland, educating many of the State’s most senior and influential practitioners. Philanthropy plays a critical role in this, providing scholarships to financially disadvantaged or academically gifted students, funding the expansion of UQ’s award-wining Pro Bono Centre into regional, rural and remote areas of Queensland, and developing students’ skills through the Mooting Program.

A $5,000p.a. undergraduate scholarship can make the world of difference to a student balancing their education, work, and living away from home for the first time, allowing them to truly focus on their university experience.

$20,000 will fund UQ Law students and pro bono lawyers to travel to regional, rural or remote areas within Queensland to provide legal education, information and assistance to communities. Funds will encompass transport costs, staffing, accommodation, food and other associated costs.

Give to the UQ Pro Bono Centre

The UQ Pro Bono Centre (PBC) is one of the only university-based centres of its kind in Australia, celebrating 10 years of operation in 2019. The community legal sector partners with the UQ Pro Bono Centre student volunteers to enhance their capacity for law reform work, community legal education and direct client assistance. Through partnerships with community legal centres, charities and not-for-profit organisations, UQ Law students undertake a wide range of activities, improving access to justice for the most vulnerable. Activities include clinical placements, completing research projects, law reform submissions, developing community legal education materials, and delivering workshops to high school students.

Throughout 2021, the UQ Pro Bono Centre Philanthropy Committee has been raising much-needed funds, with the aim of expanding activities to rural, regional and remote areas of Queensland. To date, the Committee has raised over $115,000 – a wonderful achievement during our first phase of the campaign and testament to our community.

Mandy Shircore, Director of the UQ Pro Bono Centre, John Mckenna QC, President of UQ Law Alumni Association and students talk about the impact of pro bono work.

Give to Pro Bono

Give to the Mooting program

You can support students to develop their research, written and advocacy skills and to build their confidence in public speaking.  Mooting is the presentation of legal and factual arguments against an opposing counsel and before a judge, tribunal member or arbitrator. It resembles the experience that a student can expect to have in a court, tribunal or in arbitral proceedings after qualifying as a lawyer.

Students involved in the mooting program benefit from a unique learning opportunity that encourages them to step outside their comfort zone and challenge themselves. Mooting can enhance a student’s employment opportunities as a legal professional, help to build confidence in public speaking, and assist in developing research and presentation skills. Your contribution to the Mooting Program helps our students meet the cost of travel to national and international competitions.

Professor Anthony Cassimatis and students talk about the UQ Law School Mooting Program (3m:18s, Vimeo)

Give to Mooting

Give to the UQ Law Alumni Scholarship Fund

The UQLA Endowed Scholarship Fund has been established by members of the UQ Law Alumni Association to assist students studying, or wishing to study Law at UQ, but who are facing financial hardship. There are a number of these scholarships available annually.

Give to the UQLA Scholarship Fund

 

Impact of giving

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67 donors supported UQ law School in 2020

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92 law students received philanthropic support in 2020

Thank you for the Forgan Smith refurbishment

With the generous support of donations from alumni,  a historic refurbishment of the Forgan Smith Building was completed in 2017.  The refurbishment created new collaborative research spaces, independent study areas, and facilities for mobile technology and innovative learning for law students. 

Thanks to your support, the re-imagination of Forgan Smith will ensure future generations of UQ law students will continue to enjoy the highest quality and most relevant legal educational experience.

Hear current UQ Law students share their appreciation for the state-of-the-art facilities they now enjoy.

Forgan Smith Re-imagination: Celebrating the transformation of the UQ Law School (2m:46s, Vimeo)


 

Contact

Contact a member of the BEL Faculty Advancement team to discuss your relationship with the Faculty, options for giving back to current and future students, partnership opportunities, upcoming events and more.

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