Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Verbyla, Chancellor John Dornbusch, Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey AC, Dr Bobbie Brazil AO, Mark Tranter, Professor Allan Layton; Kerry Shine, Professor Reid Mortensen
USQ Chancellor John Dornbusch, Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Verbyla, Head of School of Law and Justice Professor Reid Mortensen, and USQ Law Society President Mr Ryan McCullogh joined the Governor to mark the occasion.
In March 2007, the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board approved two new USQ degrees – the Bachelor of Laws and the graduate entry program Juris Doctor. On May 9, in a ceremony at Parliament House, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC (then Chief Justice of Queensland) opened the USQ School of Law.
Mr Dornbusch said in the last decade, the School of Law and Justice had developed an enviable reputation as a leading educator whose graduates have the expertise, knowledge and understandings to shape and influence those around them.
“Our graduates are taught to be independent thinkers and effective problem solvers and who can adapt to an ever-changing world,” he said.
“The incredible support given to the School by our region’s legal practitioners has helped develop some the best teaching spaces in Queensland.”
USQ has over 1500 law students currently enrolled both on campus and online, studying at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
This year, the USQ School of Law and Justice was one of the first group of Australian law schools to receive certification from the new Australian Law Schools Standards Committee.
“There is no doubt the School has accomplished some remarkable achievements but it has always been its students in which it has been most proud,” Mr Dornbusch said.
Learn more about studying Law and Justice at USQ by visiting www.usq.edu.au/law-and-justice.