TC Beirne School of Law

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TC Beirne School of Law,
The University of Queensland
Law School logo
Type Public
Established 1936
Dean Sarah Derrington
Administrative staff
Students 2,000 (2013)[citation needed]
Location Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Campus Urban
Affiliations University of Queensland
Website [1]
North entry of the TC Beirne School of Law
Thomas Charles Beirne, Brisbane millionaire, major giver and eponym of the TC Beirne School of Law

The TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland, founded in 1936, is the oldest law school in the Australian state of Queensland, as well as the sixth oldest law school out of 32 in Australia.[citation needed] Its alumni include two Chief Justices of Australia.

The school has approximately 2,000 students, the majority of whom are studying the Bachelor of Laws.[citation needed] Other programs offered by TC Beirne include the Master of Laws, Master of Applied Law and Doctor of Philosophy.

The school, as part of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, works closely with several student associations including the University of Queensland Law Society, the Justice and the Law Society and the Australian Legal Philosophy Students Association (based at UQ).


Although the TC Beirne School of Law began teaching in 1936, a Faculty of Law was established with the foundation of the University of Queensland in 1910.[citation needed] This enabled the University to confer honorary degrees on locally notable graduates of other universities. Sir Samuel Griffith, former Premier and Chief Justice of Queensland, and the first Chief Justice of Australia, was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Laws in August 1912. The school is named for Thomas Charles Beirne, Warden of the University who in 1935 donated £20,000 to establish the faculty.

In 2005 and 2013, a team from the TC Beirne School of Law won the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.[citation needed]


Current professors:

  • Professor Sarah Derrington, current Dean
  • Professor James Allan
  • Professor Ross Grantham
  • Professor John Devereux,
  • Emeritus Professor Suri Ratnapala
  • Professor Nicholas Gaskell
  • Professor Nicholas Aroney
  • Professor Graeme Orr
  • Professor Craig Forrest
  • Professor Kit Barker
  • Professor Jennifer Corrin
  • Professor Heather Douglas.[1]


The following publications are produced by students and staff at the Law School:


The TC Beirne School of Law's alumni include:

See also[edit]


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Coordinates: 27°29′48.90″S 153°00′47.09″E / 27.4969167°S 153.0130806°E / -27.4969167; 153.0130806