La Trobe Law School's first graduates return to campus

The inaugural class of the La Trobe Law School recently returned for a morning tea and tour of the Bundoora campus with Dean, Professor Fiona Kelly.

Dean of the La Trobe Law School, Professor Fiona Kelly welcomed seven of the university’s first legal graduates back to the Bundoora campus on Friday September 8 for a special morning tea and tour led by current law students.

During her address at the event, Professor Kelly underscored the enduring significance of the Law School's core values, which have remained steadfast for three decades.

‘While the buildings look different, the mission of the School hasn't changed. The School was founded on three key values: service, justice, and academic excellence. To deliver on those values, we need to be an institution that both reaches out and welcomes in.’

Professor Kelly continued by announcing the School's new Law Clinic, a health justice partnership with Whittlesea Community Justice Hub.

‘The clinic will host 200 students annually who will provide legal services to under-served communities in Melbourne's north, ensuring access to justice to populations who couldn't otherwise afford a lawyer.’

Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Susan Dodds, extended her warm welcome to the group, emphasising the significant transformations currently taking place at La Trobe. She also highlighted the continued success of the Law School, both in its past achievements and its promising future.

Acting VC Professor Susan Dodds

‘The School received its highest ever ranking in the 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. Law was 170 in the world, a rise of 22 ranking positions, and was ranked 3rd in Victoria and 13th nationally, rising five places.’

This accomplishment underscores the Law School's commitment to excellence and its ongoing contribution to the university's reputation and impact on the global stage.

Karen Streckfuss, Chair of the La Trobe Law School Alumni Committee and a distinguished Barrister, also shared her cherished memories of her time at La Trobe and the enduring friendships that have enriched her life.

Morning tea for first law grads

‘I’ve experienced great pride and enjoyment from my relationship with the La Trobe Law School. Now having a child studying at La Trobe, I feel that by being a part of the alumni committee for the Law School I can help reconnect other alumni with each other and with the Law School and University, enhancing the La Trobe experience.’

The event also featured our law students who recently achieved success at the Vis Moot in Hong Kong and the Nuremberg Moot in Germany. These students joined the alumni and led an engaging tour of the Law School, including the moot court and adjacent facilities.

Want to see more? Photos from this event can be found here!

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2023, the La Trobe Law School has been hosting various events to mark the occasion throughout the year.

The La Trobe Law School Alumni Committee will be planning an end of year celebration in the Melbourne CBD later in the year and will soon send formal invitations to all alumni to join in. If you are a Law School alumni and have recently moved or updated your contact information, please update your contact details to ensure you receive news and event invitations.