History

Australia’s first law school opened at the University of Melbourne in 1857. It combined scholarly teaching of the principles of law with preparation for legal practice. Soon, Victoria became one of the first places in the common-law world where all lawyers had to do part of their training at university.

Since 1857, the Melbourne Law School has educated judges and prime ministers, practising lawyers and academics. Its former students are found in varied occupations throughout Australia and the world.

We invite you to explore the people and places that make up the Melbourne Law School's history: