New Dean commences at Melbourne Law School

Professor Pip Nicholson commences as Dean of the University of Melbourne Law School this week.

Professor Nicholson has a long-standing connection with the Law School, having completed her Bachelor of Arts/Law and her PhD at the University. She has previously served as Associate Dean (International) and Associate Dean for the Juris Doctor (JD).

“Melbourne Law School has a long-standing history of leadership and innovation in legal education and a reputation for excellence in academic research,” Professor Nicholson said.

“It is an honour to build on this tradition and to take up the position as Dean, working with my colleagues to entrench Melbourne Law School’s reputation as a leading law school nationally and globally.”

Professor Nicholson said she looked forward to working with colleagues to build the Law School’s flagship teaching programs and further its diverse program of research.

“It is an exciting time for legal education with new challenges and opportunities emerging, particularly from globalisation and technological innovation,” she said.

“Higher education more broadly faces a number of challenges in the wake of changes to government funding models and increased global competition.”

“It is vital that we equip our graduates with the skills and knowledge to manage the evolving changes in the legal profession and across the sectors in which our graduates work.”

Professor Nicholson was previously Director of the Asian Law Centre and is one of the world’s leading scholars on the Vietnamese legal system. Prior to her appointment as Dean, Professor Nicholson served as the Vice-President of the University’s Academic Board.

Melbourne Law School is Australia’s leading law school and is ranked seventh in the world and first in Australia according to the Times Higher Education World University 2018 Subject Rankings for Law.

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