ALSA is a national not-for-profit association comprising all Law Student Societies and Law Student Associations, representing approximately 40,000 law students.
Welcome to ALSA!
The Australian Law Students' Association (ALSA) is a national not-for-profit association comprising all Law Student Societies and Law Student Associations, representing approximately 40,000 law students.
As an Australian law student, ALSA represents your interests. From publications to scholarships, ALSA is your national representative body for your law school experience.
The core functions of ALSA
To initiate activities of a social, intellectual, and competitive nature among law students at a national level.
To gather and disseminate information of interest and concern to Australian law students and To facilitate communication and the exchange of information between law student societies, within Australia and abroad.
Workshops and ‘Break out Sessions’
Best Practice Guides
To advocate the interests and concerns of Australian law students
Awareness raising on issues
ALSA fosters partnerships with other national and state law associations, as well as international partnerships with bodies such as Asia LSA and ELSA.
In achieving these objectives ALSA sets out to ensure that law students have a representative voice to the higher education sector, government, the legal profession and the community.
ALSA is committed to the educational development of law students by providing valuable resources on matters relating to their law degrees, such as information on the legal profession, legal education, undergraduate course information, exchanges, and current affairs.
ALSA is run by law students elected annually for the benefit of all law students. The governing body is the ALSA Council, to which each member association may appoint two representatives, who are usually its President and Vice-President (Education). ALSA's day-to-day operations are run by an Executive and Committee who are elected at the Annual General Meeting.
The Patron of ALSA is the former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC.
The ALSA Council is a body comprising of the ALSA Executive, the ALSA Committee and two representatives from each of the 40 law student societies in Australia.
ALSA Council meets three times a year. As ALSA's managing body, the Council so discusses any current issues in ALSA administration. The Council also discusses national issues in legal education to inform the stance that the ALSA Executive & Committee takes on these issues. The Council's most important function is as a knowledge sharing forum for law student societies. Each meeting includes a number of workshops, seminars and break-out groups on topics nominated by councillors based on issues facing their law society.
For more information on ALSA's current advocacy priorities, see this page.