Faculty of Law Alumni


Founded in 1890, the University of Tasmania has a rich and proud history which will be celebrated in 2015, as we reach our 125th anniversary.

The Law School in the 1950s

About the author: The Hon Peter Heerey, AM QC, BA BLLB (Hons) (Tas), recalls his student years from the vantage point of a distinguished legal career.

Law School: Leading the Way

Since the 1970s, eight female undergraduates from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania have become law deans in Australia

About the author: Charlotte Hunn BA LLB (Hons), graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2013. She has recently returned to undertake a PhD at the Faculty of Law.

Enid Mona Campbell: Another Tasmanian First

Emeritus Professor Enid Mona Campbell, AC, OBE, BEc LLB PhD, LLD (Tasmania 1990, Sydney 2002), FASSA, went on to become the first woman professor in Law and the first woman Dean of a Law Faculty in Australia.

About the author: Rhonda Ewart, Hon MA 2005, has had a long career with the University of Tasmania. To read more about the author, see Janine Uhlman's story, Rhonda Ewart.

The McDougall Involvement with the University of Tasmania

Professor Dugald Gordon McDougall, born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1867, was appointed as the Professor of Law and Modern History in the University of Tasmania and took up the appointment in the year 1901. Initially he was required to teach all aspects of law on his own, admittedly to a relatively small cohort of students, as well as lecturing in law in Launceston each fortnight.

About the author:

Emeritus Professor Ian McDougall (ANU), BSc (Hons) 1957 (Tasmania), PhD 1961 ANU, Hon Dr Sc 2009 (Glasgow), worked in isotopic dating by K/Ar and 40Ar/39Ar methods at the Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES) ANU. His appointments at ANU included Research Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow, then Professor in the early 1990s. He retired in 2000.

A Premier's Story

When discussing the future of our State, people will often say to me 'we need to find a way to stop our young people leaving Tasmania'. Now while I appreciate the sentiment - especially as a father anticipating the possible departure one day of my own children from our beautiful island home - I don't think we should try to chain them here. Rather, we need to give them more reasons to stay, than leave. The University of Tasmania is one such reason. It was for me.

About the author: William (Will) Hodgman, BA LLB (1993), is Premier of Tasmania at the time of writing this story. More about his family's long involvement in politics can be found in the story University of Tasmania Graduates and State Parliament by Don Wing.

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