Adelaide Law School reveals new dean

04 April 2022 By Lauren Croft
Professor Judith McNamara

The University of Adelaide has appointed a new dean of law, who brings with her a number of years of legal and teaching experience.

Professor Judith McNamara has been appointed as the new dean of law at the University of Adelaide’s Adelaide Law School, due to commence in June this year.


Professor McNamara is the current head of school at Queensland University of Technology’s School of Law – and said she felt well-equipped and excited for her new role.

“I am honoured and delighted to be the next dean of the Adelaide Law School. The school is renowned for its world-class research and legal education and its deep connections with the legal community,” she said.  

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“I look forward to meeting the legal community in Adelaide and to working with the Law School as it continues to build a just society through its excellent research, community engagement and the influence of its graduates.”

Professor McNamara’s areas of teaching expertise include contract and business law, legal research and work-integrated learning. She also has particular expertise in curriculum design, including learning and teaching pedagogies relevant to ensuring students are prepared for legal practice.

The University of Adelaide’s Professor John Williams, executive dean of the faculty of arts, business, law and economics, said Professor McNamara would bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Adelaide Law School.

“The Adelaide Law School is South Australia’s oldest law school, established in 1883, so it was imperative we found a dean of law with a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide the Law School well into the future, as well as adding further expertise and value to our fantastic law programs,” he said.

“We are thrilled to have Judith on board. Her outstanding background in legal education will allow our students to continue to succeed in legal education.”

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