University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Dean, Melbourne Law School


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Dean, Melbourne Law School


The Role The University of Melbourne seeks an exceptional new Dean for the Melbourne Law School (MLS) to lead the School with purpose, clarity and energy through its next chapter. In taking up this position, the successful applicant would be responsible for the ongoing academic, research and resource management of the leading law school in the Asia Pacific and the best law school in Australia.

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean will be both a distinguished Professor and a leader of considerable standing and experience. Able to lead, grow and inspire world class scholars and partners, the Dean will have the capacity and resolve to build deep and respected relationships within and outside the School, to maintain the highest levels of academic excellence and build local and global impact, and to strengthen the School's international standing and reputation.

The Dean will also play a major role in senior University leadership through their membership of the University Executive and contributions to cross- university collaboration.

Relevant Experience and Qualifications The successful applicant will have international standing and a record of research and teaching achievements in a relevant field in law, and able to represent and promote the School locally and internationally. A visionary leader able to lead a school of the highest calibre academic and professional staff, they will have had deep experience in a world leading University, and be able to traverse the national and international landscape. They will be adept at leading the strategy of the school and the implementation of its initiatives, ensuring ongoing financial sustainability through effective management of its resources.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity in one of the world's best universities and the leading law school in Australia.

Further relevant experience, responsibilities and selection criteria are outlined in the attached Candidate Information Pack.

How to Apply The University of Melbourne will be supported in its global search for this appointment by the executive search firm The Insight Group.

Please direct any enquiries and send your application directly to: Dr Rohan Carr or Ms Emily Witts at The Insight Group at [email protected] or contact by phone on +613 9654 3288.

The deadline for applications is Midnight AEDT 5 June 2024

  • Advertised:
  • 06 May 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time

  • Applications close:
  • 05 Jun 2024 12:00 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Job details


    Dean, Melbourne Law School


    University of Melbourne




    May 06, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 05, 2024

    Job type



    Law,Social Science

    About the employer

    When the University of Melbourne was established in 1853, it was a mere cluster of buildings in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students. The university now sits at the heart of a thriving international city and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and number one in Australia. 

    Over 8,000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of around 65,000, including 30,000 international students from over 130 countries around the world. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne, located in the city dubbed Australia’s “cultural capital”. 

    Indeed, Melbourne is a seven times winner of the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City award, and is a UNESCO City of Literature, as well as the birthplace of Australian rules football and a major center for street art, music, and theatre. 

    Melbourne is known for offering students an experience that’s a lot more than just structured learning. The main Parkville campus is close to transport, cafes, shopping, arts and sports venues and accommodation. 

    Students will find a blistering array of cultural activities on campus here, be it theatre, comedy, film or public lectures, and it’s easy to find people with matching interests by joining one of over 200 affiliated clubs and societies, ranging from Chess Club to Women in Science and Engineering, to the Chocolate Lovers’ Society. Sports enthusiasts are well catered for too, with a 25-metre six-lane heated indoor pool, an athletics track and sports field, and a large strength and fitness gym. 

    The university has 10 residential colleges where most students live, which provide a quick way to build an academic and social network. Each college provides sporting and cultural programs to enrich the academic experience, which is at the center of university life. 

    Degrees at the University of Melbourne stand out for being modelled on those from top institutions overseas. Students spend a year exploring a range of subject areas before choosing a major. They also study subjects outside as well as inside their chosen discipline, giving Melbourne students a breadth of knowledge that sets them apart.

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