Meet the Dean of Law at Monash University

28 April 2021

Thinking about studying law at Monash University? Let us give you a bit more information on the Monash University Dean of the Faculty of Law, Bryan Horrigan!

The Dean of the Faculty of Law
Bryan has been the Dean of the Faculty of Law at Monash University since January 2013. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland and holds a doctorate in law from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to this he was the Louis Waller Chair of Law and Associate Dean (Research) at Monash University’s Faculty of Law.

Monash University Law School Moot Court
Inside the Monash University Law School Moot Court

He has held academic and research leadership positions at a number of Australian universities prior to beginning his role at Monash. Before his role in academia, Bryan was a long-standing law firm and governmental consultant, advising commercial lawyers and their cooperate and governmental clients on a variety of issues from contractual good faith to unconscionable business conduct, even to corporate social responsibility, and rights-based scrutiny of legislation. His decorated career has also seen him give invitational addresses at Oxford University, Harvard University, Stanford University, and the Wharton Business School.

Having been previously appointed by the current Australian Government to an expert panel, Bryan was asked to investigate the regulation of unconscionable business conduct and problematic franchising behaviors. The Australian Government’s acceptance of the expert panel’s recommendations resulted in changes to major pieces of national economic regulation in the form of the Competition and Consumer Act, Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act, and Franchising Code of Conduct.

Learn more about Dean Horrigan’s published works.

Monash Law Program
So, what are the highlights of the Monash program according to Bryan?

“We believe that the range of things you can do at Monash Law is second to none. We have a Clinical Guarantee for law students that gives them work-related experience for course credit, we have overseas campuses and we also have exchange agreements, we have internships and placements with high quality outside organizations and we have a state-of-the-art moot court and teaching and learning facilities that are equal to anything in the world.

“Overall, the package of things you can do here, the quality of the peer group you would have and the quality of the alumni that you would join is something that we would love to share with all students.”

Clinical Legal Education
A key element to the Monash Law program is their Clinical Legal Education. The program is designed for law students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels who are looking for real-word experience as lawyers. Depending on the student’s placement opportunity, they may see themselves working directly with clients, solicitors, and other professional staff. It allows students to gain practical skills in mediation, negotiation, collaboration, and arbitration.  Placement opportunities include

  • law firms
  • in-house legal
  • international/human rights
  • courts
  • community legal centres
  • government/governance
  • other self-sourced placements.

Students considering studying law at Monash can start the Juris Doctor at three different intake options throughout the year: January, May, and August. Monash also offers a Bachelor of Laws program, which commences in February and July.

Check out Monash Alumni Stories to find out what Monash law grads are up to now!

Monash Law School Juris Doctor

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intakes: January, May, August
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: No set deadline, though you’re encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Start your application to Monash University Law School.


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