Alumni and Giving

With one of the most extensive financial assistance programs in the University, the Adelaide Law School has a rich tradition of philanthropy and giving.

Funded predominantly by alumni and corporate sponsors, our scholarships and prizes play an important role in encouraging excellence and supporting the next generation of leaders and ensuring all students have access to a high-quality education in law.


The John Bray law alumni network 

The John Bray law alumni network named in honour of the late Dr John Bray, has a rich tradition and continues to build strong bonds between the profession, the school and the community. John Bray law alumni network was also established with the aim of recognising the achievements of a financially disadvantaged student and the Adelaide Law School.

Other activities include the John Bray Oration, publications, and events.

  • John Bray alumni network commitee

    Name Position
    Katrina Bochner President
    Martin Hinton Patron
    James Litt Secretary
    Sarah Brown Committee member
    Thomas Cadd Committee member
    Alison Jones Committee member
    Alexandra Lontos Committee member
    Henry Materne-Smith Committee member
    Hamish McLachlan Committee member
    Rachel Rodda Committee member
    Sophia Laparidis Committee member (Adelaide Law Students' Society)
    Peter McCusker Committee member (Law Society)
    Melissa de Zwart Dean, Adelaide Law School (ex officio)
    Luke van Trigt Alumni Relations Officer (ex officio)
  • John Bray oration

    Originally proposed by John Perry, the first President of the John Bray law alumni network. John was a great admirer of John Bray’s learning and saw the oration as not just a tribute to Bray’s name and memory but as enabling the profession to provide an annual lecture to the University and community which would make a high level intellectual contribution from the alumni and the profession to the Law School, the University and the SA community.

     Previous orations:

    1. 23/8/93 Justice Elizabeth Evatt "Gender Issues and Law", Law School Lecture Theatre
    2. 22/11/93 Dame Roma Mitchell "Reminiscences of a 1930s Law Student and Practitioner"- Magarey Room, Law Society
    3. 22/8/94 Sir Daryl Dawson "Do Judges Make Law? Too Much? - Elder Hall
    4. 1/9/97 Justice Michael Kirby-- "Appointment to the High Court-what is it really like? - Elder Hall
    5. 17/7/98 Mr Michael Davis "Lawyer Lost in Space"
    6. 13/8/99 Justice Gummow "Australian Equity" Elder Hall
    7. 20/10/00 Justice Callinan "Legal and Other Literature" Urbrae House
    8. 28/11/02 Senator Robert Hill, Minister for Defence "Terrorism and International Law"
    9. 29/10/04   Mr Tim Costello "Civil Liberties and Compassion in an age of Terrorism" Union Hall
    10. 6/9/07 Professor Barry Jones "Censorship and Security Threats to a Free Society in an Age of Terror" Union Hall
    11. 11/3/09 Justice Richard Goldstone "Revenge or Forgiveness: Truth and Reconciliation in the aftermath of Human Rights Violations" - elder Hall
    12. 13/9/10 Mr Graham Leung- "The Rule of Law under Siege-Some Perspectives from the Third World"
    13. 19/10/11 Mr David Irvine "Freedom v Privacy-Getting the Balance Right"- elder hall
    14. 1/09/2012 The Hon John Doyle AC QC “CHOOSING OUR JUDGES’ - Mortlock Chamber
    15. 14/10/2013 Chief Justice Robert French AC, “South Australia and the Australian Constitution”, Elder Hall
    16. 24/09/2014 The Honourable Margaret White AO, “Pro Bono: Good for the Profession, Good for the Country, Elder Hall
    17. 10/05/2017 Mr Len Murray - Scottish Pleader (Retired), “Law Reform: The Scottish perspective”, Elder Hall

    2019 Orator

Giving back and supporting the Adelaide Law School

By contributing to one of the Law School alumni funds, you will be supporting the next generation of leaders in accessing an Adelaide Law School education.

  • Dean of Law's Fund

    The Dean of Laws Fund has been established with the support of alumni and corporate partners to assist students who would otherwise be unable to study with the Adelaide Law School due to financial need. By supporting this scholarship you will help to make an education at the Adelaide Law School a reality for disadvantaged students, as well as contributing to a diverse student body reflecting the society which the law serves.

  • Images of Justice competition

    Images of justice is one of the many annual competitions hosted by the Adelaide Law School that is reliant on the support of corporate and alumni sponsorship. Aimed at raising awareness for pressing legal and human rights issues facing the world of today, this competition challenges entrants to capture the essence of justice through the lens of their camera.

  • The John Bray Alumni Network scholarship

    The John Bray law alumni network named in honour of the late Dr John Bray, and has a rich tradition of building strong bonds between the legal profession, the School and the community. The John Bray law alumni network was also established in 2014 with the aim of recognising the achievements of a financially disadvantaged student and the Adelaide Law School.

    John Bray Alumni Network Scholarship

  • Support

    We also welcome support for the Adelaide Law School through by non-financial means. We have opportunities for alumni and legal professionals interested in mentoring, judging moots & competitions, guest speaking, student prizes, clerkships, work experience, and free legal clinics.

    Explore other ways to contribute to the Adelaide Law School