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135 Year Anniversary

135 law anniversary

Adelaide Law School Alumni

The University of Adelaide Law School was one of the pioneers of the teaching of law as a university discipline in the nineteenth century. Established in 1883 the Adelaide Law School became one of the earliest established Law Schools in the country. The Adelaide Law School’s Ligertwood Building was opened in 1967 and to this day provides some of the best library facilities for law students in Australia, along with a special purpose built Moot Court.

In many ways, it was a bold, innovative decision to establish a Law School at the University of Adelaide in 1883. There were few models to guide Samuel Way, the University’s Chancellor and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and the others who worked with him to make the teaching of English style law a university discipline in South Australia. There were still firm adherents to the traditional view that universities were not appropriate places for the study of the common law.

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Gala Dinner

The Adelaide Law School warmly invites you and your partner to join academic staff and alumni to attend the School's 135th Anniversary Gala Dinner.

The 22nd Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Adelaide, Professor Peter Rathjen, will be our guest speaker.

Established in 1883, the Adelaide Law School (ALS) is the second oldest law school in Australia. A recognised pioneer and ongoing leader of legal education and research globally and nationally, the ALS is consistently ranked in the top 100 law schools in the world.

Date: Saturday, 24 November 2018
Time: 6:30pm until 10:30pm

Adelaide Town Hall
128 King William Street, Adelaide (Map)

Dress: After five
Cost: $180 (GST inclusive) per person, including a sumptuous dinner with a fine selection of local wines
RSVP: Monday, 12 November 2018
Further Information: Luke van Trigt –
Phone: +61 8 8313 4200

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A new history of the Adelaide Law School Project

A new history of the Adelaide Law School Project

Alumni are invited to share their recollections for a new history of the Law School.

It is 35 years since the ground-breaking Law School history, Law on North Terrace, was published to celebrate the Law School’s centenary. Now a new, book-length history of the Law School is being written by legal historian Dr John Waugh, to be published in time for the Law School’s 140th anniversary in 2023.

The experiences of alumni are a key part of the Law School history project. Adelaide Law School alumni will be invited to share their recollections through an online questionnaire. Dr Waugh can be contacted at

A bird and a fish in love: a graduate’s view on a reconciled nation

"A bird may love a fish but where would they build a home together?” This is a famous line from Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof.

Sometimes the debate in Australia about co-existence, reconciliation, and recognition feels a bit like this line from “Fiddler on the Roof”. I still hear voices in my head saying,’ How can it happen, it’s impossible, someone has to compromise and someone has to be in charge and make the rules! At times it does seem difficult to see a way forward.

In this presentation, Adelaide Law School alumnus, Andrea Mason, will reflect on this question and discuss whether, at this point in time in our nation’s history, is there a chance that we may be missing seeing a tree in the forest that could help us see the forest differently?

About the speaker, Andrea Mason

Since 1989 Andrea has worked in various roles in government and community service. In her current role as the Chief Executive Officer of NPY Women’s Council, Andrea believes her responsibility is one of advocating, facilitating and coordinating the services of NPY Women’s Council to assist the organisation to deliver on its vision of a strong future for Anangu and Yarnangu.

A commitment to regional development, innovation, and growth are reflected in the various committees and initiatives Andrea supports including the Empowered Communities initiative, the Council’s partnership with Jawun and as the Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.

She is a Telstra Australian Businesswoman of the Year, Centralian Citizen of the Year and Northern Territory Australian of the Year, and she has been awarded an honorary doctorate for her commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice by The University of Adelaide. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Aboriginal Affairs and Public Administration.

Date: Friday, 7 September 2018
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Ligertwood 333 Lecture Theatre
Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide
North Tce Campus
Adelaide, South Australia 

Cost: Free
Further Information:

Luke van Trigt

Phone: +61 8 8313 4200

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