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Adelaide Law School

The University of Adelaide Law School is a law school in Australia, founded in 1883. It is the second oldest Law School in Australia and is a division of the Faculty of Professions at the University of Adelaide. As of 2005, it has 1300 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses. The current Dean of Law is Professor John Williams.[1]



  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)


  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Master of Business Law (MBusLaw)
  • Master of Comparative Law (MCL)
  • Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctorate of Laws (LLD)

2009 curriculum changes

To comply with efforts to standardise Law degrees across the country, the University of Adelaide Law school implemented a number of curriculum changes in 2009. These include the introduction of a new subject: Principles of Public Law and the combination of Law of Crime and Criminal Procedure among other changes. The new curriculum has resulted in the reduction of overall units required for graduation, thus reducing the duration of post graduate law from 3.5 years to 3.

Admission requirements

The University of Adelaide Law School maintains very high admissions standards and is very selective generally requiring an Tertiary Entrance Rank in the high nineties. This is especially true for the study of double degrees and is a reflection on its prestige, history and location. Entrance for post graduate study requires the completion of a 3-year bachelor degree at a recognised University, admission for post graduate or undergraduate transfer students is calculated on grades previously achieved.

Notable alumni


  • John Bray - Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia, poet and classicist
  • John Doyle - Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia and Chair of the Australian Judicial College.
  • Elliott Johnston - Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia and communist activist
  • Len King - Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia and former Attorney-General of South Australia
  • Brian Martin - Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
  • Robin Millhouse - Chief Justice of Kiribati, Chief Justice of Nauru, former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia, former Attorney General for South Australia and first Australian Democrats Parliamentarian.
  • Dame Roma Mitchell - First female Governor, Queens Counsel, University Chancellor and Judge in Australia.
  • Mellis Napier - Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Geoffrey Reed - Former Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia and first Director-General of ASIO
  • John von Doussa - Former judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia and the Federal Court of Australia



  • William Cornish QC - Emeritus Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Cambridge.
  • James Crawford SC - Whewell Professor of International Law, University of Cambridge.
  • John Finnis - Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy at the University of Oxford, author of Natural Law and Natural Rights and one of the world's leading authorities on legal philosophy and jurisprudence.[2]

International Affairs

  • Julian Disney AO - Rhodes Scholar, social activist and founder of Global Governance Group.
  • Ivan Shearer AM - member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee,[3] Former Dean of Adelaide and Sydney University Law Schools.[4]
  • Michael Smith - Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). Former Australian Ambassador to the UN, Geneva.

Media and the Arts

Adelaide University Law Students' Society

The Adelaide University Law Students' Society, or "the LSS", is an unincorporated association of which all students enrolled at the University of Adelaide School of Law are automatically members. It was founded in 1898 and is the second oldest organisation for law students in Australia. The LSS is operated by students of the University of Adelaide Law School and its purposes are to improve student life at the school. Its primary activities are to organise social events, such as the annual Law Ball and Law Dinner, to organise competitions, such as mooting and trial advocacy, and to represent the student body on law school boards and committees. It also conducts a myriad of other activities aimed at assisting students and improving their time at the school. The LSS is also responsible for supporting the University of Adelaide Law School Revue.

Adelaide Law Review

The Adelaide Law Review Association publishes the biennial law journal, the Adelaide Law Review.

See also


External links

  • University of Adelaide Law School
  • Adelaide Uni Law Students' Society

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