A prized post as Associate to a High Court Judge, two partnerships in a top-tier Australian law firm, and a call to the Canadian Bar are just some of the achievements of La Trobe’s Law School.
The School is also well-known for innovation ¬– the only one in Australia with a stand-alone compulsory Dispute Resolution subject in first year.
Highly regarded within the legal profession, many graduates also work in the community sector or hold public office. Through the efforts of Mary Anne Noone La Trobe helped found and has worked since its earliest days with West Heidelberg Community Legal Service.
Initially a Legal Studies Department led by Foundation Professor Kingston Braybrooke, La Trobe Law later gained a wide reputation for its former National Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.
Other key people have include Tony Blackshield, Pat O’Malley, Margaret Thornton, Penny Andrews, Oliver Mendelsohn, Kit Carson and Chris Arup, and current Head of Law and Public Policy, Patrick Keyzer.
They and many colleagues have contributed much, ranging from law and social policy, the relationship between the law and indigenous communities and juvenile justice, to international human rights and the role of women in the law.