University of Adelaide Law School

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The University of Adelaide Law School (more commonly referred to as '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. It is one of the most prestigious law schools of Australia and boasts current prominent alumni such as Federal Education Minister - Christopher Pyne,[1] Foreign Affairs Minister - Julie Bishop[2] and the Opposition's Head in the Federal Senate - Senator Penny Wong.[3] Moreover, all of the Director of Public Prosecution in South Australia since Federation have been alumni of Adelaide Law School along with all South Australian Solicitor-Generals. To add, the majority of Justices in all the Supreme Court and the District Court of South Australia graduated from the law school. The current South Australian Premier - Jay Weatherill - is also a graduate of the law school.[4] Due to this prestige, the law school maintains very high standards for admission.[5]

Degrees[edit]

Undergraduate:

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Postgraduate:

  • 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[edit]

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[edit]

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 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.

Rankings[edit]

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 - Law[6] ranked the University of Adelaide Law school 46th in the world, and 6th in Australia.

Notable alumni[edit]

Judiciary[edit]

  • Michael Ball - Justice of the New South Wales Supreme Court
  • John Basten - Justice of the New South Wales Court of Appeal
  • Catherine Branson - Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and Justice of the Federal Court of Australia
  • 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
  • Chris Kourakis - Current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • George Ligertwood - Former Chancellor of the University of Adelaide and former Justice of the Supreme Court 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
  • Melissa Perry - Justice of the Federal Court of Australia
  • Geoffrey Reed - Former Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia and first Director-General of ASIO
  • Len Roberts-Smith - Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • John von Doussa - Former Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia and the Federal Court of Australia
  • Margaret White - Justice of Queensland Court of Appeal

Politics[edit]

Academia[edit]

  • 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.[7]
  • Regina Graycar - Emeritus Professor of Law School at the University of Sydney.
  • Dennis Pearce, AO - Professor of law at the Australian National University.

International Affairs[edit]

Media and the Arts[edit]

Other[edit]

  • Max Basheer - Sports Administrator
  • Paul Rofe - Former South Australian Director of Public Prosecutions

Adelaide University Law Students' Society[edit]

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[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christopher Pyne
  2. ^ Julie Bishop
  3. ^ Penny Wong
  4. ^ Jay Weatherill
  5. ^ "About the Adelaide Law School". University of Adelaide. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2014/law-legal-studies#sorting=rank+region=+country=+faculty=+stars=false+search=
  7. ^ http://www.law.nd.edu/faculty/facultypages/finnis.html
  8. ^ Discussion on Australian Initiative to Improve the Effectiveness of the United Nations Treaty Committees, Internet Archive copy of Press Conference Interview with Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Daryl Williams, Attorney-General and Philip Ruddock, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, 12.30PM, 5 April 2001, accessed 22 January 2008]
  9. ^ Emeritus Professor Ivan Shearer AM RFD, Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney.

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