High Court judge speaks at Monash Law School

Monash staff were invited to hear the Honourable Justice Virginia Bell AC of the High Court of Australia deliver the Monash Law School’s 19th Lucinda Lecture on Oct. 23.

The Lucinda Lecture series is named after the paddle steamer SS Lucinda, which occupies a sentimental place in Australian constitutional history. It was aboard the Lucinda, in 1891, that the drafting committee of the National Australasian convention made important revisions to the earliest drafts of the Constitution.

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The annual lecture seeks to explore fundamental issues in Australian constitutional law.

Justice Bell discussed Section 80 – The Great Constitutional Tautology, and Supreme Court of Victoria Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC delivered the introduction.

Virginia Bell AC was appointed to the High Court in February 2009. At the time of her appointment she was a judge of the NSW Court of Appeal. She graduated from the University of Sydney as a Bachelor of Laws in 1976. After seven years as a solicitor with the Redfern Legal Centre, she was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1984 and was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1997.

Justice Bell practiced as a public defender between 1986 and 1989 before returning to the private Bar. Between 1994 and 1997 she was a counsel assisting the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service. She was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW in March 1999 and served as president of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration from 2006 to 2008.

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Entry Requirements for the Monash Law School JD Program

  • JD applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.
  • Applicants with a minimum, cumulative average of 75% above in their university studies, as well as work/life experience, will be considered for admission. Please note that each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study. Monash University does not require the LSAT for entry in the Juris Doctor program.
  • Work experience is not required for admission.
  • OzTREKK also recommends that students submit a resume and/or a personal statement along with their application.
  • Interviews may be conducted if a candidate meets the academic requirements. If an interview is required, it will be held via teleconferencing by the JD assessment team.
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