The USCLSA is the peak body for law students at USC and is committed to building an active, prosperous community, fostering success and encouraging greatness. I take this opportunity to welcome you to our website, and encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, or in person through one of our many events. Whether you are a student, a professional, a sponsor or an interested member of the community, the USCLSA has an opportunity for you to engage with the up-and-coming lawyers of the Sunshine Coast.

Having both been founded in 2014, the USC Law School and the USCLSA are still young, but there is no doubt both have already proven that quality is not confined to the more prestigious or larger universities. Through leveraging our strong relationship with the Law School, the USCLSA is dedicated to building a sustainable foundation for the future; to develop into the most vibrant, active, professionally-relevant and positive student associations on campus. In 2016, the USCLSA in collaboration with key sponsors Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and the Sunshine Coast Law Association delivered three superb competitions in Negotiation, Client Interview and Moot respectively. As well as expanding the competitive portfolio of the Association, the USCLSA was delighted to present its inaugural Women in Law event, an LGBTIQ Diversity Forum as part of the University of the Sunshine Coast's Diversity Week Celebrations. As ever, the USCLSA Law Ball 2016 provided students, staff and professionals alike with the opportunity to celebrate another fantastic year.

The USCLSA was delighted to receive a Vice Chancellor and President's Equity and Diversity Award in 2016 as part of the celebrations. This award was given in recognition of the Association's efforts to ensure that everyone, from all backgrounds, nationalities, races, languages, sexual orientation and geography is welcomed into the Association, University and broader Sunshine Coast community.

In 2017, the Association hopes to continue its growth as a key student group at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Whether you wish to compete, learn or connect, this Association is committed to building our students and building our profession. I invite and encourage you to peruse this resource and engage with the Association in every way possible.

 I hope you enjoy your interactions with our Association and I would love to hear any feedback directly at president@usclsa.com.

Callum Lee, President