Professor Paula

Professor Paula Baron

Chair of Common Law

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

La Trobe Law School

Melbourne (Bundoora)





Area of study


Brief profile


Dr Paula Baron is Chair of the Common Law at La Trobe University and recently completed a three year term as Head of the Law School.  Prior to this, Paula was Dean of Law at Griffith University and, earlier, was the first woman professor appointed in Law at Victoria University Wellington.  She has published nationally and internationally in the areas of contract law, intellectual property, legal professional ethics, legal education, company law and gender and the law.  She is the General Editor of Law in Context.  

Research specialisation

- Law and society

- Legal Education

- Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession

- Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation

Recent publications

BARON, PD and Corbin, LC, Ethics and Legal Professionalism in Australia (OUP, 2013)



BARON, PD, ‘A Dangerous Cult: Response to ‘The Effect of the Market on Legal Education’ (2013) 23 Legal Education Review 273

BARON, PD, ‘Borderlines:  Sociolegality as the Abject’ (2013) 29(2) Law in Context 24-4

BARON, PD and Corbin, LC, ‘Thinking Like a Lawyer/Acting Like a Professional’ (2012) 46(2) The Law Teacher 100-119

BARON, PD and Corbin, LC, ‘Student Engagement: Rhetoric and Reality’ (2012) 31(6) Higher Education Research and Development 759-772