New Judge in Residence at Melbourne Law School

4 February 2015

Melbourne Law School is set to welcome the newest Judge in Residence, The Hon Peter RA Gray AM, who has recently retired from the Federal Court of Australia.
The Judge in Residence initiative has now been running for over two years at Melbourne Law School, and gives law students and academics the opportunity to engage with some of Australia’s most influential judicial leaders through a series of workshops, classes and lectures.

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Having graduated from Melbourne Law School with an LLB in 1968, The Hon Peter RA Gray will return to his alma mater in February 2015 to share insights from his 29 years of service to the Federal Court.
The retired judge has expressed his enthusiasm to begin his residence at the law school and hopes that students can make full use of his counsel.
“I hope to be a resource for students, particularly to meet one-to-one with as many as I can. I want students to ask me questions, whether about the law, about careers, or about anything that is troubling them,” said the Hon Peter RA Gray.
While a judge, his honour served as a judge of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia, a Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Aboriginal Land Commissioner, and a Deputy President of the National Native Title Tribunal.  Previous to his position on the Federal Court, he practiced as a barrister in Melbourne, covering a wide variety of areas, with a specialisation in industrial law.

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Melbourne Law School is a leader and innovator in legal education, and a vibrant place of learning that values ideas, excellence and intellectual exchange. Its rich history spans over 150 years. The school is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of excellence measured against the best law schools in the world in the areas of research, teaching and engagement. The law school demands high standards of their academic and professional staff and students, and they support them in striving to reach these standards.
The University of Melbourne has offered the Melbourne JD since 2000, which set a benchmark for legal education in Australia. The curriculum has been developed specifically for graduates and the course is structured and taught in a way that is suitable for graduates.
Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)
Application Deadline: Melbourne Law School has a general application deadline of November 30 each year. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible.
Entry Requirements
Melbourne JD applicants must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
  • completed the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

The Melbourne JD has three selection criteria:

  1. Academic results achieved in previous tertiary studies
  2. The LSAT score
  3. The applicant’s personal statement

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