Early life and earlier education
In 1992, Riley commenced a graduate law degree (LL.B.) at the University of Sydney, graduating with honours. After earning her law degree, Riley completed a Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law in North Sydney and worked at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) before receiving the Ivan Roberts Scholarship that permitted her to study at the University of Oxford, where she graduated with a B.C.L..
After the defeat of Paul Keating by John Howard and the commencement of the tabling of the Workplace Relations Act 1996, Riley became interested in labour law and, soon thereafter, began to teach the area and completed a Ph.D., under the supervision of Ronald C. McCallum and Patrick Parkinson, in employment, equity, and commercial law.
- "Professor Joellen Riley". Sydney Law School. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- "Joellen Riley". The Business Outsourcing and Restructuring Regulatory Research Network. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
- Riley, Joellen (2005). Employee Protection at Common Law. Canberra: Federation Press.
- Joellen Riley (14 April 2011). Outlawing 'pizza pay': Fair Payment Under the Fair Work Act. Australian Institute of Employment Rights. Retrieved 12 February 2013.