Notre Dame Law Schools rated best in the nation

Notre Dame's law students have voted its academic staff number one in the country for teaching satisfaction in a recent national survey.

15 January 2014

Academic staff in The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Law have been voted the best in the country for teaching excellence by its students as part of a national survey conducted by student-orientated legal website, Survive Law.

The Survive Law Australian Law Student Satisfaction Survey is based on the responses of nearly 2,200 students from 36 law schools and faculties across Australia.

Students were asked questions in the categories of teaching, study, careers, campus life, wellbeing and overall satisfaction, and whether their institution met, exceeded or failed to meet their expectations.

Notre Dame’s Law School was ranked #1 in Australia for teaching satisfaction of the law schools which yielded more than 50 student survey respondents. In addition, the University took first place in Western Australia for student wellbeing, study experience and overall satisfaction also.

The University was also ranked #1 in the categories of career support and student wellbeing from all Sydney universities, and second in the same categories in the whole of New South Wales.

Dean of the School of Law in Fremantle, Professor Doug Hodgson, said he was delighted with the results.

“The results have vindicated our confidence and are testimony to our continued commitment and dedication to pursuing our statutory objects of delivering an excellent standard of teaching, learning and pastoral care to our students,” Professor Hodgson said.

“Our efforts in these areas will continue to grow in 2014 and beyond.”

Jarrad Goold graduated with a law degree from Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus in December 2013. Mr Goold said the results of the survey highlighted the qualities of the Law School he experience whilst a student.

“Teaching a Notre Dame has always been outstanding and is made better by the small class sizes,” Mr Goold said.

“I enjoyed my time at Notre Dame – the lecturers are approachable, and learning on a Campus located in the heart of Fremantle contributes to the vibrant student life.

“Through studying at Notre Dame I gained the skills and opportunities which enabled me to secure a dream job as an Articled Clerk with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. This shows that Notre Dame not only offers a great education, but is also an institution respected by employers.”

Final year law student on the Sydney Campus, Rochelle Jones, said the personal approach of Notre Dame allowed each individual student to their desired career path and succeed.

“Entering the final year of the graduate law degree at Notre Dame, I am thrilled to see the University’s School of Law be recognised for its outstanding contribution to students,” Rochelle said.

“Notre Dame’s School of Law is an institution offering remarkable support academically and prides itself on providing easily accessible programs to enhance students’ exposure to the legal profession and to facilitate career progression.”

Professor Michael Quinlan, Dean of the School of Law in Sydney, said it was a difficult choice for students to select a university to undertake studies in law. However, for Notre Dame, he said its distinguishing factor was graduating students who not only had sound knowledge of the law, but who also possessed the necessary skills to be well-rounded, ethical people.

“Notre Dame’s Law degrees provide students with a thorough knowledge of the law, coupled with the practical skills necessary for the work force – such as problem solving, letter writing, public speaking, advocacy and research skills,” Professor Quinlan said.

“So we can achieve our goal of providing the highest quality of academic training for students, our staff have all practised, or are still practising, the law as judges, barristers, solicitors or worked in government.”  

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