Deakin Warrnambool axes law offering due to low numbers

Deakin University's Warrnambool campus.
Deakin University's Warrnambool campus.

Law will not be offered at Deakin’s Warrnambool campus for the second year in a row after the university axed it due to low numbers.

Campus director Alistair McCosh said the decision would not affect current students and staff.

“We made the decision to suspend the Warrnambool campus’ 2018 Bachelor of Laws because Deakin was only in the position to make an offer to two students, which is an insufficient number to offer the students a university experience that meets their expectations or Deakin’s own high standards,” he said.

Mr McCosh said suspending it before first-round offers were made on January 16 meant the students would not be disadvantaged.

He said the Warrnambool campus was in a much stronger position than two years ago when its future was in doubt, and Deakin had been working hard to get the campus back to a sustainable position.

The one student accepted into the campus’ law course last year chose to defer.

Emmanuel College career advisor Karen Pritchard said four students applied to study law at the Warrnambool campus, but only two achieved the required ATAR score.

“As a career advisor I have heavily promoted Deakin Warrnambool throughout the year, involving our students in many of their events and I fear that cancelling courses in this manner may be detrimental to Deakin maintaining the faith that they are committed long term to local tertiary education,” she said.