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Pericleans, Plumbers and Practitioners:
The First Fifty Years of the Monash University Law School

By Peter Yule and Fay Woodhouse

$39.95 paperback | $59.95 hardback

The book examines the Monash University Law School’s founding, its evolving pedagogy, its internal dynamics, the external (University and legal professional) influences that have shaped its work, the contribution of prominent personalities, and its contribution to legal scholarship, legal education and the legal profession in Victoria and Australia. It focuses partly on the Law School’s distinctive approach to legal education, and its connection with and influence on the Victorian legal profession since its establishment in 1963.

The Law School’s alumni now occupy major positions throughout all arms of law and government, and it interacts with the Victorian legal profession and the justice system in multiple ways. The book describes its contribution to the educational, training, and research needs of the Victorian legal profession, and will serve as an invaluable reference source for Victorian schools, public and personal libraries and for scholars and students of legal history throughout Australia.

About the authors

Peter Yule is a Research Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has written widely on Australian economic, business and medical history, with his recent books including biographies of Sir Ian Potter and W.L. Baillieu, and histories of Carlton, the Collins Class submarine project and Australian National Airways. He is currently writing a biography of Air Marshal Sir James Rowland and contributing to a major new multi-volume history of Australia in the First World War.

Fay Woodhouses a historian and biographer who aims to capture and bring alive a sense of the people and the times she writes about. She has published widely and has been commissioned to write histories of businesses, universities and community organisations. Fay is also the Victorian researcher for The Australian Dictionary of Biography and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her recent publications include From Vision to Reality: the Kindilan Story 1972–2012 (2013), The Story Behind the Stripe: a 100 Year history of d’Arenberg (2012), Vintage Stories: a 150 Year History of Tahbilk (2010) and Working for Welfare: a History of the Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers (2010) and Still Learning: A 50-year history of Monash University Peninsula Campus (2008).

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