Deakin Law School is strengthening its international focus, with increasing overseas study and research opportunities, as well as many new programs and partnerships coming online. Here is a summary of what has been achieved in recent months:
Deakin Law School news
- DLS is ranked no. 1 in the state for teaching quality, no. 100 in the SSRN Top 500 Law Schools, No.150-200 in the QS World University Rankings (2015)
- The Master of Laws (LLM) will commence in Trimester 2 2016 and is aimed at equipping students with the necessary analytical and legal skills to work globally on complex international issues such as free trade agreements
- A new Master of Professional Accounting and Law will be launched in Trimester 3 2016. Acquisition of this highly valued skill set is critical for complex information processing in the real world and upon completion, our students should be well-placed to take advantage of that need.
International partnerships and visits
Supreme People’s Procuracy – Vietnam
On Tuesday 8 December, Deakin Law School signed a MoU with the very prestigious Supreme People’s Procuracy (SPP) of Vietnam.
SPP is one of the four pillars of the Vietnamese government and is responsible for overseeing public prosecution, and supervises judicial activities.
Vietnam and Australia celebrated 40 years of comprehensive, diplomatic relations in 2013 and SPP is responsible for working with Australian government authorities in combatting transnational crimes such as drug trafficking and money laundering.
DLS and SPP will work together to develop deeper collaborative relationships including postgraduate courses, joint research and training activities.
Ho Chi Minh City Law University (HCMC UoL) – Vietnam
A senior level delegation from HCMC UoL met with Deakin Law School academics on 23 November to sign a MoU, marking the beginning of their collaborative partnership. The two institutions look toward a positive future working together on many joint initiatives including staff and student exchange and research collaboration.
University of Brawijaya, Indonesia
Deakin Law School hosted a delegation from the University of Brawijaya on 19 February to sign a MOU which will form the basis of a collaborative partnership. Initiatives will include joint degrees, staff and student exchange, and research collaboration.
DLS students learn about business with China
One of Deakin Law School's core strengths is its focus on course enrichment via the injection of real world experience for undergraduates. On 5 February, DLS students greatly benefited from a visit by Mr Neil Samuel, Managing Director of Dryen Australia Pty Ltd, which holds approximately 20 per cent of the Australian domestic bed linen market. Mr Samuel shared his key insights of conducting business with China, including advice on cultural sensitivities, business negotiation techniques, economic challenges and political awareness.
Recent study programs
Indian Law Study Program
The India Law Study Program has been a stalwart in the Deakin Law School suite of overseas programs. In late 2015, 17 students visited India from 6-21 December.
Our law students attended classes for two weeks and studied an array of topics including discrimination, sexual harassment, company law, Indian constitution, employment law and corruption in India. In addition, a number of participants competed in a moot against Symbiosis Law School in Pune. The students spent three days in Mumbai where they visited the Mumbai High Court. Two students were able to obtain law internships with a firm in Delhi and four others were interned at the Mumbai High Court shadowing High Court Judges.
USA Criminal Justice Study Program
In November, 36 students and three staff members travelled to the United States of America on a Criminal Law overseas study program. Read more about this experience.
Sri Lanka Law Study Program
In February 2016 students had the opportunity to travel to Sri Lanka and discover the relationship between history, culture and law, as well as engage with legal professionals in the areas of international trade and arbitration law. Highlights included visits to important legal venues including the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, the Parliament of Sri Lanka, and the Attorney General’s Department.