Sydney Law School alumna joins the highest court in Australia

10 November 2020

A Sydney Law School Master of Law graduate, solicitor, barrister, and Federal Court judge, Jacqueline Gleeson has been appointed to the highest legal decision-making body in Australia.

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Her legal career commenced in 1989—the same year she graduated from the University of Sydney. They then worked as an associate to a Federal Court Justice, then became a solicitor, and then was admitted as a barrister in 1991.

From there, Gleeson was general counsel for the Australian Broadcasting Authority (now the Australian Communications and Media Authority), and senior executive lawyer for the Australian Government Solicitor. In 2005, Gleeson completed a Master of Laws at the University of Sydney.

In April 2014, she was appointed to the Federal Court, becoming the Honourable Justice Gleeson. After six and a half years of dedication in this role, she has reached the judicial pinnacle when Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter appointed Gleeson to the High Court.

With expertise in numerous civil jurisdictions across public and private practice, Gleeson is seen as being an incredible asset to the High Court.

She is now the sixth woman and the nineteenth University of Sydney law school graduate to serve in this prestigious position.

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A comprehensive, three-year qualification, the Sydney JD has an unrivalled international focus, drawing on Sydney’s faculty of leading academics and international adjunct faculty members, and its long tradition of engagement with international law and perspectives. As a Sydney law student, you will receive an education that equips you for the practice of law in a global, transnational and international marketplace for legal services.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
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Duration: 3 years
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