2017 marks 160 years of legal education at the University of Melbourne

In 2017, we will celebrate the 160th Anniversary of legal education at Australia's oldest law school. To mark this milestone, MLS will launch a year-long series of special events and public lectures to honour the people, traditions and achievements of our community. Students, staff, alumni, friends, industry partners and the wider legal profession are invited to take part in our 160th Anniversary program.

Event Program

This event program will be updated as more information becomes available.

Friday 10 February 2017

MLS Alumni Reception in Geelong VIC

Thursday 2 March 2017

MLS Alumni Reception in London

Monday 6 March 2017
6.30pm for 7pm

MLS Alumni Dinner in New York

Monday 20 March 2017
6.30pm to 8.00pm

A Conversation with The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, former Justice of the High Court of Australia

Tuesday 21 March 2017
6.30pm to 8.15pm

Honour Board Unveiling and presentation with the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria

Tuesday 28 March 2017
7.15am to 8.30am

MLS Alumni Seminar with Gabrielle Trainor, AFL Commissioner

Tuesday 28 March 2017
6.00pm to 7.00pm

Judges in Conversation with Professor Paul Craig, Professor of English Law at St John's College, Oxford

Wednesday 29 March 2017
6.30pm to 7.30pm

Allen Hope Southey Memorial Lecture with Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO of Save the Children International, former Prime Minister of Denmark

Tuesday 4 April 2017

Seabrook Chambers Public Lecture with The Hon Allyson Kay Duncan, U.S. Circuit Court Judge

Tuesday 25 April 2017

MLS Alumni Breakfast in Singapore

Friday 28 April 2017

MLS Alumni Dinner in Kuala Lumpur

Tuesday 9 May 2017
7.15am to 8.30am

MLS Alumni Seminar with Elizabeth Kennedy, General Counsel, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Thursday 18 May 2017
6.00pm to 7.00pm

Rare Book Lecture with Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian at the Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library

Saturday 3 June 2017
6.30pm to 11.30pm

MLS 160th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Keynote speaker: Mr James P Gorman, CEO and Chairman, Morgan Stanley

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Judges in Conversation with Professor Joanne Bauer, Senior Researcher, Business and Human Rights Program at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University

Tuesday 20 June 2017
7.15am to 8.30am

MLS Alumni Seminar with Lucy Adams, Manager and Principal Lawyer, Homeless Law at Justice Connect

Monday 26 June 2017

Harold Ford Public Lecture with the Hon Geoffrey Nettle, High Court of Australia

Tuesday 11 July 2017
7.15am to 8.30am

MLS Alumni Seminar with Mark Leibler AC, Senior Partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler and Co-Chair, Referendum Council

Thursday 20 July 2017
6.30pm to 7.30pm

James Merralls Visiting Fellowship in Law Public Lecture with John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States

Wednesday 26 July 2017

Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow public lecture with Professor Denis Baranger, Professor of Public Law at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), Paris

Tuesday 8 August 2017

Judges in Conversation with Professor Ben McFarlane, Professor of Law at University College London

Tuesday 8 August 2017
7.15am to 8.30am

MLS Alumni Seminar with Paul Bassat, Co-Founder, Square Peg Capital

Sunday 20 August 2017
All Day

MLS Open Day 2017

Tuesday 12 September 2017
7.15am to 8.30am

MLS Alumni Seminar with Georgina Downer, Adjunct Fellow, Institute of Public Affairs

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Sir George Turner Lecture with The Hon James Richard Crawford AC SC FBA

Thursday 5 October 2017

Peter Brett Memorial Lecture with Dean Strang

Tuesday 10 October 2017

MLS Alumni Seminar with Tony Wilson, Author, Speaker, Broadcaster

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Judges in Conversation with Professor Jane Ginsburg, Morton L Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law at Columbia Law School

October 2017

Francis Gurry Public Lecture on Intellectual Property with Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office

October 2017

Golden Alumni Reunion Luncheon

Tuesday 10 November 2017

MLS Alumni Seminar with Tim Joyce, Executive Director, Macquarie Capital

History of Melbourne Law School

Australia's first university law course began at the University of Melbourne in 1857.

With 33 students enrolled in the first  year, it combined scholarly teaching of the principles of law with preparation for legal practice. Soon, Victoria became one of the first places in the common-law world where all lawyers had to do part of their training at university.

Since 1857, the Melbourne Law School has educated judges and prime ministers, practising lawyers and academics. Its 18,000+ active alumni found in varied occupations throughout Australia and the world.

Read more about Melbourne Law School's history.