History

Melbourne Law School's rich history is woven through Australian and international politics and constitutional reform from Federation to the present day.

Since 1857 MLS has educated prime ministers, governors-general, judges, lawyers and academics, and its alumni are found in varied occupations throughout Australia and the world.

Prominent alumni include Prime Ministers Alfred Deakin, Robert Menzies, Harold Holt and Julia Gillard, and Victorian Premier Rupert Hamer, as well as Governors-General Sir Ninian Stephen and Sir Zelman Cowen.

Four graduates have served as Chief Justices of Australia, including Sir Owen Dixon, regarded as Australia's greatest ever jurist, Sir Isaac Isaacs, the first Jewish Chief Justice, and current Justice of the High Court of Australia the Hon. Geoffrey Nettle QC.

Underpinning and driving everything at Melbourne Law School is its enduring tradition and commitment to innovation.

Click on the links in the timeline below to read more about the history of MLS.