WUSTL School of Law forms alliance with University of Queensland

Law school to offer combined LL.M program for U.S. and Australian students

Washington University in St. Louis School of Law recently launched a formal alliance with the University of Queensland (UQ), one of Australia’s premier learning and research institutions.

Beginning this fall, the law school and UQ’s TC Beirne School of Law will offer a four-year combined degree program.

The program allows U.S. students to study at both WUSTL School of Law and UQ’s law school.

Upon completing the degree program, the U.S. graduates will earn a juris doctorate from WUSTL and a master of laws (LL.M) from Queensland. Australian participants will enter the LL.M program at WUSTL after completing the UQ bachelor of laws (LL.B) program.

“Our alliance with the University of Queensland will help prepare students from both universities for successful careers in an ever globalized world,” says Kent D. Syverud, JD, dean of the School of Law and the Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor.

“The TC Beirne School of Law is one of the elite law schools in Australia, with a global reputation for attracting the top students from Queensland and from across Australia,” Syverud says. “In addition, the ambitious global vision of the law school and its faculty complements that of Washington University.”

Exchange opportunities also will be available for WUSTL law faculty and students, and the schools are exploring future joint research collaborations.

UQ, known as a leader in discovery and translational research across a broad spectrum of disciplines, is the oldest university in Queensland and has produced almost 197,000 graduates since opening in 1911.

McDonnell International Scholars Academy

Earlier this year, UQ and the University of Melbourne became new Australian partners in the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, which brings together exceptional international graduate and professional students from its 27 partner institutions worldwide to pursue a world-class education and research while forging a strong network with one another.

The program is designed to prepare them as future leaders knowledgeable about the United States, other countries and critical international issues.

The academy also encourages other initiatives, such as faculty collaboration across institutions on global issues, including energy, the environment, cultural understanding, human health and economic and social development.