This section details the governance arrangements of MLS. The provisions of information in this section are subject to the overriding provisions of University legislation and policies.

Governance structure

The MLS Governance chart shows reporting lines for each board, committee and sub-committee. The supervisory committee or individual has responsibility for receiving reports from the other boards, committees or sub-committees and for broadly ensuring that they carry out their assigned roles. Supervisory committees may also consider matters of policy as to the continued need for, operation or scope of activities of a board, committee or sub-committee either at the request of the reporting body or on their own motion. Each of the sub-committees reports to the relevant Faculty committee and not to any other sub-committee.

Some of the sub-committees, particularly those with involvement in student selection, progress and misconduct, ethics approval and the award of scholarships are not subject to oversight by the committee to which they report with respect to particular decisions where those decisions are taken under relevant University statutes or regulations. In such cases, there are usually other mechanisms in place for review of the decisions of such bodies.

While the centres and institutes are not part of the MLS governance structure, they play an important role in assisting MLS to carry out high quality research, teaching and engagement. The Directors of the centres and institutes will be consulted with respect to any changes to MLS policy or practice that impacts on centres or institutes.

School Structure


Melbourne Law School is a single department Faculty.

Research Centres and Institutes

Details of MLS centres and institutes for research and research training can be found on the University Governance Consolidated list.

Other Academic Units

There are no other academic units in MLS.