A chat with Griffith University’s Dean of Law

23 October 2020

Therese Wilson, the Dean of Griffith University Law School, is known for being easily accessible to students and a passionate academic guide and lawyer.

Griffith University Law School
Griffith Law School’s Dean of Law Associate Professor Therese Wilson

She started in the industry as a commercial lawyer and quickly climbed the corporate ladder. However, she started to rethink her lifepath when she had children. An accidental teaching position turned into a full career in academia, and she now is the Dean of one of Queensland’s most notable law schools.

While speaking about Griffith’s law program she notes how it’s special due to its emphasis on social justice, but also the small cohort size that fosters a “very rewarding relationship that can then develop between academic staff and students.” As the Dean, Therese takes this commitment seriously, even going so far as taking students to the Australian Women’s Lawyers Conference with her.

Therese also offers students the wise advice to “take every opportunity.” While she likes the idea of planning, she stresses that life doesn’t always follow that plan and Griffith tries to bridge the gap of training to career by providing lots of opportunities to explore options.

Griffith Law School has faculty members dedicated to providing support to first-year students, many alumni who reach out eager to mentor students or recent graduates, and the increased importance in the industry of valuing experiences over just grades. Students also have the chance to participate in international mooting competitions, overseas exchanges, and join events with industry professionals.

Therese and Griffith’s law school care not only about training lawyers but also about developing caring professionals eager to get involved in their communities.

You can hear more from Therese about her path to Griffith, and the special features of Griffith Law School, on this podcast episode.

About Griffith University’s Juris Doctor Program

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: February, July, October
Next intake: February 2021 (can be started online, in Canada!)
Duration: 2–3 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. The earlier you apply, the better!

Apply now to Griffith Law!


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