If you're keen to add international experience to your study program, UNSW Law offers two to three week overseas electives, as well as the opportunity to go on a semester long exchange to another leading law school. UNSW students don’t pay any additional tuition fees to the overseas host institution and your courses overseas will be credited to your UNSW Law dual degree.
UNSW Law has one of the largest student exchange programs of any Australian university and has direct links with more than 80 leading international law schools. Completing one or two semesters of your law degree program at an overseas institution is both a culturally rewarding and intellectually enriching experience.
These two to three week courses are offered at a range of overseas locations during the main summer and winter semester breaks. Each course is worth 6 units of credit towards the completion of a UNSW Law degree program, in place of a 6 units of credit law elective. In 2018, we had opportunities in Berkeley, Shanghai, Beijing, New York, Santiago, Pune, Vanuatu and Zurich.
"The best part about exchange was the chance to immerse myself in a whole new culture. Being surrounded not only by locals at my host University, but other exchange students from around the world gave me a greater appreciation of how global our society is becoming and a recognition of the opportunities available worldwide. Whilst on exchange I was invited to join the CUHK Undergraduate Law Society and Mooting Society. I also attended UNSW alumni events, networking with successful alumni working in the legal and business industries in Asia, and was invited to many CUHK Law events as well!"
"Over the winter break I had the opportunity to participate in the New York overseas elective – Human Rights in Practice. We had an engaging and inspiring set of guest lecturers, including talks by Michael Posner, who worked directly with Hilary Clinton during his time as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the US State Department. We also had the opportunity to speak to UNSW alumni currently working in the human rights field which was incredibly valuable in understanding whether it was something we wanted to pursue in our own careers. I was able to gain a better insight into the reality of working in human rights and international law. As someone looking to utilise their legal knowledge through means other than litigation, this course gave me a great sense of direction for my future career pursuits. I cannot recommend this course enough. Oh, and New York City is pretty awesome too!"