Melbourne Law School celebrates 160 years

Next year MLS will celebrate 160 years of teaching law. Join us in 2017 as we reflect on our history and celebrate this milestone anniversary with a range of events and public lectures.

In 1857 Australia’s first law course began at the University of Melbourne, with the school proud to count 33 students in its legal training course for admission to practice. Today, the Law School is home to a diverse range of students, international networks are ever expanding and the curriculum is evolving to accommodate new concepts and jurisdictions.

MLS looks forward to celebrating the 160th anniversary with alumni and friends.

The 160th Anniversary Gala Dinner

When: Saturday 3 June, 2017

Where: The Grand Ballroom, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Keynote speaker: We are excited to welcome distinguished MLS alumnus James P. Gorman (BA 1981, LLB 1981), CEO and Chairman of Morgan Stanley, to give the keynote address at this black-tie event.

Gorman joined Morgan Stanley in 2006 as President and Chief Operating Officer of the firm's Global Wealth Management Group (GWMG). He served from 2007-09 as Co-President, with responsibility for GWMG, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, operations and technology functions, and as co-head of corporate strategy from 2007-09. Gorman became CEO of Morgan Stanley in January 2010 and Chairman in January 2012. Previously, he held successive executive positions at Merrill Lynch, including Chief Marketing Officer and head of Strategy and Research. Prior to this, Gorman was a senior partner of McKinsey & Co and a solicitor in Melbourne.

Gorman has been a board member of numerous organisations, including Columbia Business School, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Partnership for New York City. He is a former Chairman of Graham-Windham.

Celebrate with us

The 160th Anniversary Gala Dinner will draw together the Law School’s alumni community, friends, corporate partners and the wider legal profession to celebrate the people, traditions and achievements of the past 160 years. It will be a night to connect, network and appreciate the scope and significance of our community.


Discounted early bird tickets to the 160th Anniversary Gala Dinner are now available.

Please register online.

If you are in touch with fellow alumni, we encourage you to organise a table of 10 for this event. Partners are welcome to attend. For enquiries, please contact:

Banner image: Melbourne Law School Gala Dinner 2015

This article originally appeared in MLS News, Issue 16, October 2016.