Law

Legal professionals build outstanding critical thinking and leadership qualities, equipping them for success throughout society.

Join a rich culture of success

The Adelaide Law School was established in 1883, making it Australia’s second-most experienced law educator. In our nearly 140 years of history we’ve shaped countless future leaders who’ve gone on to enjoy success not only in the legal profession, but politics, international business, diplomacy, health, policy and the media. Our alumni include:

  • Australia’s first female Supreme Court judge and state governor, Dame Roma Mitchell, AC
  • Australia’s first female Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop, MP
  • former Premier of South Australia the Hon. Jay Weatherill, AO.

Gain vast real-world experience

Adelaide Law School operates five free legal advice clinics for use by the local community, providing fantastic opportunities for you to sharpen your skills working on real legal matters in your final year of study. Places in these clinics are limited and are subject to an application process. These include the:

  • Adelaide Legal Outreach Services, advising on child support, family matters, fines, contract issues, and criminal law
  • Magistrates Court Legal Advice Service, assisting with minor civil disputes
  • Equal Opportunity Commission Legal Advice, advising on discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Entrepreneur and Venture Advice Clinic, providing legal support to individuals and small-to medium enterprises related to their businesses
  • Administrative Appeals Legal Advice Service, supporting clients wishing to appeal decisions at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (a national body), and the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

And in all cases, you’ll work under the supervision of qualified solicitors.

Career prospects

Employment growth for the majority of law-related roles ranges broadly from moderate to very strong.

  • Ranked top 125 globally for Law*
  • 8 partnerships with top overseas universities^
  • Sharpen skills in community outreach clinics

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2022
^Oxford University, UK; Mannheim University, Germany; University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Meiji Gakuin University, Japan; OP Jindal Global University, India; Peking University, China; University of Montreal and University of Alberta, Canada
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After graduating, I pursued a career in legal practice with a top tier law firm and boutique commercial law firm across areas such as commercial litigation, corporate law and employment law, before moving into my current role as an Entrepreneur and owner of hospitality businesses. My Law degree has opened so many doors for me. I was invited to serve as Company Secretary on a medical research not-for-profit board, and also undertook a secondment in the banking and financial services sector. Studying Law also gave me the confidence to apply for a role as an editor at a publishing house, and I have later been able to merge that interest with my law studies, writing thought leadership pieces for law firms and articles for legal journals on a freelance basis