The UOW Faculty of Law Graduate Qualities represent the knowledge, skills and values that students will progressively develop through their learning experiences at the Faculty of Law to equip them for their working lives. The Faculty of Law Graduate Qualities build on and contextualise the five generic UOW Graduate Qualities.
The UOW Faculty of Law Graduate Qualities are set out in below. Some elements of the Graduate Qualities deal with discipline knowledge and its application, some with higher order thinking, some with discipline specific and/or generic skills and others with professional and/or societal values.
The Graduate Qualities aren’t achieved in a single subject – their development is an ongoing process across the entire course or program, and will continue to be developed by graduates long after graduation. The emphasis or focus placed on each Graduate Quality may differ from subject to subject and between each learning or assessment task.
A UOW Faculty of Law Graduate will:
- have a sound knowledge of the history, development and operation of the Australian legal system and Australian law.
- appreciate the contextual nature of law by understanding:
- the way in which economic, political, philosophical and ethical values shape the development of law;
- key current domestic and international legal issues; and
- how the law relates to other disciplines and institutions.
- Independent Learners
- critically engage with new ideas and ways of thinking.
- extend knowledge through ongoing research, enquiry and reflection as a life long learner.
- locate and critically evaluate information using a variety of sources and technologies.
- properly acknowledge the work and ideas of others.
- Problem Solvers
- recognise the legal and other dimensions of problems.
- apply logical, critical and creative thinking skills to resolve legal problems.
- Effective Communicators
- articulate and convey ideas effectively using a range of media and in a variety of contexts.
- engage with people in different settings and work effectively with others.
- recognise how culture can shape communication
- understand and appreciate the ethical framework in which law is practised.
- identify and propose appropriate solutions to ethical problems.
- recognise the value of diversity and its role in the legal process.
- act with integrity and recognise personal and professional responsibilities.
Last reviewed: 13 July, 2012