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A community of inspiring legal minds making a global impact
Expand your professional network and join an outstanding and diverse graduate community, contributing in valuable ways across the globe.

Join an enriched, global community of outstanding alumni who are inspiring legal minds and creating change every day.

From chief justices and prime ministers to chief executives, startup founders and humanitarians, our alumni are trailblazers and provide inspiring examples of leadership within the legal community and beyond.

Alumni benefits

As a Sydney Law School graduate you have access to a range of alumni benefits. These include free and discounted tickets to university events, career resources, discounted professional development courses, library membership, achievement recognition, reunions, and more.

Get in touch

Our alumni are known for forging unchartered and ambitious career paths, so we love to hear what our alumni are up to and showcase outstanding talent and achievements.

Your achievements inspire current and prospective students to see new career pathways and the impact they can make on the world.

Get in touch with our Alumni Engagement Coordinator to share your career achievements and stories. 

Ways to get involved

Annual alumni award events are hosted by the University of Sydney to celebrate the achievements of our graduates and recognise the contributions they make to their professional fields and the community.

To find out about past award winners, selection criteria or to make a nomination, please visit:

We host a number of events and seminars throughout the year, offering students and alumni the opportunity for professional development, networking and the sharing of knowledge.

We love helping current students and recent graduates as they progress in their journey toward becoming professionals. 

As an alumni, you have the opportunity to share your skills and experience with the University community through volunteering and mentoring programs that support our students, graduates and staff.

Learning doesn't stop when you graduate. We support lifelong learning by offering a range of opportunities to our illustrious alumni long after graduation.

As a University of Sydney graduate, you can benefit from career development programs, webinars, memberships, online courses and alumni events.

As a Sydney Law School graduate, we continue to support your limitless career with a range of futher study and scholarship opportunities to help you continue to excel and stand out.

  • CPD+ Plus Program: Professional Plus+ is our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program. We offer an extensive program of postgraduate study, lectures, conferences and seminars.

  • Postgraduate study: Further study provides you with specialist knowledge to excel on a global stage, and the skills to gain a competitive edge.  

  • Scholarships: We offer a range of scholarships that allow our alumni to pursue further study, whether that is on campus at the Law School or through our global partnerships with other world-leading law schools.

Reunions are a great opportunity for alumni to get together, exchange news and reconnect.

If you’re interested in organising a reunion, the Alumni Team can help you make contact with classmates and assist with planning the event.

- Get in touch with our Alumni Engagement Coordinator at law.alumni@sydney.edu.au.

Share your stories with current and prospective students, as well as the broader alumni community.

We welcome expressions of interest from our alumni for a range of speaking opportunities throughout the year, including career panels, student recruitment opportunities as well as being featured in marketing material in a range of settings.

Donations of all kinds, including gifts in perpetuity, have helped guide Sydney Law School's past for more than 160 years and will help to advance its future.

Explore our past publications

Be a part of our future

Learn more about the future of Sydney Law School, and be a part of our new direction. 

Drawing lessons from our long history of achievement, and wealth of talent across our engaged community of students, alumni and staff, the Law School forges a path of innovation in education, research and community engagement, while remaining true to our foundational mission of inspiring legal minds.

Banner image: Pioneering female alumni (left to right)

  • Marie Byles, LLB 1924: First female solicitor in NSW
  • Elizabeth Evatt, LLB 1955: Youngest law student ever accepted, first female student to win the University Medal for Law, first female deputy president of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission
  • Jean Malor, LLB 1937: First female to graduate with first class honours
  • Ada Evans, LLB 1902: First female law graduate 
  • Mary Gaudron, LLB 1966: First female High Court Judge in Australia 
  • Sybil Morrison, LLB 1924: First female barrister in NSW. 

Images sourced from University of Sydney Archives:

G3_224_1634, G3_224_1321, J Malor image on page 59 of A Century Downtown: Sydney University Law School's First Hundred Years, G3_224_1647, G3_224_1385, G3_224_1373.

Alumna Sanushka Seomangal delivers speech at the 2021 Graduation Ceremony

Read Sanushka's inspiring speech to the 2021 graduating class
Written speech (PDF)

Alumni Engagement Coordinator

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