Why Study at the Adelaide Law School?
The Adelaide Law School has a long history of offering high quality legal education as only the second law school to pioneer the teaching of law as a university discipline in Australia in the Nineteenth Century.
Our history has provided a strong foundation which we continue to build upon. We continue to foster our connections with the profession, including through our active Advisory Board and our distinguished alumni. This allows us to attract high profile guests and visiting lecturers to speak with students about the practice of law and cutting-edge legal issues arising in the community.
Students are supported during their degree through the Adelaide University Law Students' Society (AULSS), and the opportunity to receive prizes and scholarships, including support for prestigious international scholarships such as the Rhodes and Fulbright. We are proud to have a number of Rhodes and Fulbright scholars among our alumni.
Our students are provided with opportunities to participate in national and international competitions, including moot competitions such as the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world's largest and opportunities to work in the community (through our Free Legal Clinics) and with national and international organisations through our Native Title, Public Law and Human Rights Internships. Our strong national and international connections provide unique opportunities for our students. Each year, our high-achieving students are invited to participate in two prestigious courses that refine their research and communication skills, the Adelaide Law Review and the South Australian Law Reform Institute.
One of the advantages of studying at Adelaide Law School is the community of current students, alumni and academics that our students become part of. Our network includes distinguished alumni who have become leaders in the legal profession as well as in business and government. Students can participate in a range of student associations, as well as annual celebratory and networking events held by the Law School.
- Connections with industry and an active Advisory Board
- Attracting high profile guests and visiting lecturers
- Adelaide University Law Students Society (AULSS)
- Prizes and scholarships
- Distinguished alumni
- Rhodes and Fulbright Scholars
- Participation in national and international competitions (Moot Competitions, Jessup)
- Presence in the community (Free Legal Clinics)
- Strong international connections and opportunities
There's something different about being a part of a law school. One of the core advantages of studying at Adelaide Law School is the unique culture and tight–knit bond between our current students, alumni and School staff. You will be part of our network – a network that includes distinguished alumni who have become leaders in the legal profession as well as in business and government. You can participate in a range of student associations, as well as annual celebratory and networking events held by the Law School.
- High Quality Curriculum and Teaching Staff
Adelaide Law School's lecturers and tutors are experts in their field as well as award-winning teachers. Their cutting-edge research keeps our curriculum up to date and our students learning from the best in their field. The Adelaide Law School also has a strong reputation as a research leader in legal education.
We offer courses across a number of high interest areas including:
- International Law
- Media Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- Environmental Law
- Medical Law and Ethics
- Corporate Governance
- Moot Court
- Moot Court
Adelaide Law School students have the opportunity to build their skills in presenting a case or argument in our fully equipped mock courtroom. The moot court is used for debating, moot court competitions and practical training such as advocacy training and mediation.
Adelaide law students have competed in a number of moot competitions, including:
- the International Humanitarian Moot
- the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world's largest and ;
- the Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot
- International Experience
International study is a valuable addition to any degree. International study offers an exciting opportunity to learn in another country studying at a leading university overseas. Students will achieve enhanced cultural and international awareness and networks abroad.
The Adelaide Law School has partnerships with five leading overseas universities at which Adelaide law students can take study abroad:
- University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
- University of Mannheim (Germany)
- Pace University (United States)
- University of Poitiers (France)
- University of Alberta (Canada)
The Adelaide Law School provides study tours each year at leading overseas universities and institutions. Study tours are usually around two or three weeks in duration. They can be credited towards electives or core courses in our degrees. Study tours are usually held during the summer or winter break. Students are able to access financial assistance to take these tours through OS-HELP.
Students who want an international study experience but are unable to take a semester long exchange or study abroad, may find these short-term overseas study tours more accessible. Students get the opportunity to discover law from an international perspective, a chance to visit and engage with the International Law Courts and much more. Our most recent study tour took place in Germany and The Netherlands.
For more information on the experiences of students who have taken previous study tours, please read our study tour blogs.
- Practical or Work Placement
Throughout their degree students can take advantage of a number of opportunities to undertake work placements, either through internships, clerkships or through Clinical Legal Education courses.
Clinical Legal Education
Clinical Legal Education is a three-point elective subject available to students in their final two years of study in their Bachelor of Laws program. This practical subject gives law students the chance to work in a legal office one day per week and participate in the day-to-day provision of legal services to people in need.
As the world becomes more interconnected and globalised, a good grasp of international is important for every student, and there are an increasing number of our students working in the international law sphere. Adelaide Law School students have the opportunity to give themselves the edge and experience that future employers are seeking in this field. The Law School now offers International Law as a core course in the Bachelor of Laws. It also offers a number of elective subjects in international law, including the International Humanitarian Law Moot.
Many students are interested in working in the field of human rights when they graduate. However, it is a popular field and finding a job can be competitive.
Human Rights Law and Internships
Many students are interested in working in the field of human rights when they graduate. However, it is a popular field and finding a job can be competitive. The University of Adelaide Law School offers a number of human rights electives and student can also receive 3 units of academic credit for undertaking the Human Rights Internship course.
Native Title Internships
Click here for more information on Native Title Internships.
Public Law Internship Program
Available year-round, Public Law Internships are a great way for students apply the knowledge of public law theory gained in their degree to practical issues. Through these internships, students are involved in the day-to-day activities of public law offices.
Opportunities are available at public law institutions in Adelaide and Canberra, including:
- the State Ombudsman's Office
- the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
- the Commonwealth Ombudsman's Office (Summer internship)
- the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (Summer internship)
From time to time additional internship positions are offered by the South Australian Crown Solicitor's Office, the South Australian Solicitor-General's Office and the Attorney-General's Department's Office for Legislation and Legal Policy.
Adelaide Law Review
The Adelaide Law Review course introduces students to legal publishing and editing. Students will consider the legal journal as a means of legal education, involving them in the production of the annual editions of the ALR. Students will also consider the role of legal publications, critically analyse submitted material and comment upon a diverse range of legal scholarship. Finally students will develop skills in advanced legal writing, copy-editing and journal production.
South Australian Law Reform Institute
In the South Australian Law Reform Institute course, students are provided with the opportunity to work with the Director of the Institute to research and develop law reform proposals.
Research Assistant Opportunities
From time to time, Adelaide Law School academics employ students as research assistants in their projects. High achieving students in their final years are encouraged to register their interest in becoming a research assistant with the Associate Dean (Research).
- Networking and Diverse Student Body
Adelaide Law School attracts bright minds from all backgrounds, with a diverse range of life experiences, and initiatives like the Dean of Law's Fund and the High Achievers program provide opportunities for all students to access the Adelaide Law School. Throughout their degrees, law students are exposed to many networking opportunities including peer-mentoring programs, Adelaide University Law Students' Society events, and regular public seminars presented by guest speakers.
Eagles Peer Mentoring
All first year students have the chance to be part of the Eagles Peer Mentoring group, where they are matched up with a mentor who is currently advancing through their degree. With up to 20 mentors available, the Eagles program is one of the largest mentoring programs established within the University and aims to support first year students during their transition into tertiary studies.
- Prizes and Scholarships
There are over 60 prizes and scholarships awarded through the Law School to our students each year. The Adelaide Law School thanks its generous sponsors for their support and ongoing financial assistance in making this possible. Through prizes, scholarships and donations our sponsors play an important role in encouraging excellence and supporting the next generation of young leaders.
Many of our graduates have been awarded prestigious national and international scholarships, including the Rhodes Scholarship, which supports students to continue their studies at the University of Oxford, and the Fulbright Scholarship, which supports students continuing their studies in the United States. The Adelaide Law School provides important support to these students throughout the application and selection process.