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Dean's Message

William MacNeil, Head, School of Law and Justice
Professor William P MacNeil
Dean of Law, Head of School
School of Law and Justice

I would like to extend my very warmest welcome to all of you who are about to embark on your university studies with our School. You have chosen wisely and well. For, at the School of Law and Justice, you will study not only our legal system's rules, principles and policies, but what we take to be its core concept: justice. 'An unjust law is no law at all', said St. Augustine over 1500 years ago-and what was true then, remains true for us today. At Southern Cross, we strongly feel that a legal education without the idea of justice at its centre is no legal education at all.

Being accepted into one of our courses is a recognition of your sound academic achievements. Whether it is the Bachelor of Laws, one of our combined degrees, the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies, your course at the School of Law and Justice will enable you to build on your achievements, as well as acquire new practical skills and fresh theoretical perspectives that will enrich your personal lives and enhance your professional opportunities.

Southern Cross University's School of Law and Justice is a dynamic and stimulating place to study, whether online or on campus (in picturesque Lismore and/or the vibrant Gold Coast). Our staff are committed to providing quality learning experiences for all of our students and we enjoy an enviable reputation for innovative teaching. Informing our teaching is outstanding research; and students at the School of Law and Justice are fortunate to study with interdisciplinary scholars who are leaders in fields as diverse as human rights advocacy, ecological jurisprudence, global law, critical race theory, legal ethics, the 'new property', law and popular culture.

In coming to the School of Law and Justice, you have taken your first, exciting step along an academic pathway that promises rich intellectual, social, and professional rewards.

Congratulations and, again, welcome!

Professor William MacNeil BA (Toronto), MA (Toronto), LLB (Dalhousie), LLM (University College London), JSD (Columbia)
Dean of Law, Head of School of Law and Justice
The Honourable John Dowd Chair in Law

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