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Gold Coast Summer Law School

Summer Law School

At the 19th annual SLJ Summer Law School students will be given the opportunity to enrol in exciting and academically rigorous units at the beautiful Gold Coast campus, near North Kirra beach and Coolangatta.

Delivered by internationally recognised experts in their field, these units will continue the summer school tradition of offering niche and non-mainstream subjects as part of an exciting and academically rigorous program.

The Summer Law School is ideal for students, lawyers, industry professionals, senior administrators and those requiring knowledge and understanding from the units on offer. Cross-institutional, non-award and international students are particularly welcome. Legal practitioners may be eligible for MCLE/CLE points.

2016/2017 - unit availability

Applications for this unit have now closed.

LAW72007 Current International Legal Issues (International Business Negotiations)
Intensive dates: 9 January - 12 January 2017

This unit provides students with an introduction to negotiations and transactional legal practice. This unit is structured around a simulated negotiation exercise where students will be actively involved in the international business negotiation process. Students will represent different international companies interested in working together to exploit a new technology. The form of collaboration could be a joint venture, a licensing agreement or a long term supply contract. The negotiations will take place through written exchanges and through live negotiations.

Presenter: Jay Gary Finkelstein

Jay Gary Finkelstein

Jay Finkelstein practices corporate and securities law, offering three decades of experience in international and domestic negotiated transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings, corporate structuring, general contractual relationships and general corporate law. Mr. Finkelstein is also a member of the adjunct faculties at Stanford, Berkeley and Georgetown law schools and has been teaching international business negotiations since 2003.

Mr Finkelstein, a partner at DLA Piper LLP (US), has practiced corporate and securities law for over 30 years, focusing on international and domestic negotiated transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings, corporate structuring, strategic contractual relationships, and general corporate law. His practice has involved matters in a wide variety of industries, including defense, hospitality, financial services, real estate, franchised businesses and high-tech and emerging growth enterprises. He also represents numerous nonprofit organizations. He works closely with DLA lawyers in international offices throughout the world to coordinate the delivery of legal services for international transactional matters.

His teaching focuses on introducing law students to transactional legal practice through experiential and collaborative pedagogy involving an extended simulation of a negotiated international transaction which immerses students in the legal aspects and process of negotiating and documenting the business deal.. He has been a guest professor at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Tel Aviv University (Israel), IDC (Israel), Sun Yat-sen University (China), and Baltic Federal University (Russia) and has conducted numerous negotiations trainings for government lawyers throughout East Africa.

LAW10207 Psychiatry, psychology and the law
Intensive dates: 22 January - 25 January 2017

The Psychiatry, psychology and the law unit provides students with an overview of the way law and judicial systems affect the individual - be it in the position of a lawyer or a person who is in a variety of ways affected by the legal machinery in his or her daily private and public life. Students will learn how various theories reflect on the process of internalization of law, (i.e. on the very fact that people through the process of socialization need to slowly acquire an understanding about the nature of social prohibitions).

An introduction to psychological and psychoanalytic theories will help students understand why some people internalize social prohibitions and other do not. The students will get a clear understanding of how psychoanalysis, psychology and psychiatry can help legal practitioners.Students will also learn about new studies in the domain of neuroscience and their contribution to legal reasoning.

Presenter: Professor Renata Salecl

Renata Salecl

Professor Renata Salecl is a Slovene philosopher, sociologist and legal theorist. She is the author of Choice, On Anxiety and The Spoils of Freedom, to name a few. She is a senior researcher at the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana, and holds a professorship at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has been a visiting professor at London School of Economics, lecturing on the topic of emotions and law. Every year she lectures at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, on Psychoanalysis and Law, and she has also been teaching courses on neuroscience and law. From 2012, furthermore, she is visiting professor at the Department of Social Science, Heath and Medicine at King's College London. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages and she has given a well-known, much viewed TED talk on anxiety and choice.

How to apply:

SCU students

Cross institutional students

New students

Important enrolment information

  • These two units are being offered as Summer Intensive Units
  • To allow students to self-enrol, these units are now being timetabled in Study Period 6. Those students who have already enrolled in Session 3, have been moved to Study Period 6.
  • Intestive dates of the Units will remain the same.
  • The final date to enrol is Friday 20 January 2017 and students will need to check census dates in MyEnrolment.

Further information


Gold Coast campus
Southern Cross Drive
Bilinga QLD 4225


The southern Gold Coast has a large range of accommodation options including bed and breakfasts, motels, home stays, guesthouses, apartments, youth hostels and backpacker inns.


Gold Coast

Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus is located beside the Gold Coast airport.