The students and faculty of the WMU-Cooley Down Under Study Abroad are learning large by visiting as many legal venues around Melbourne as they could. So what’s the scoop on the wigs? And why do some judges wear them in Australia? What law students found out was that Judges from the Federal Circuit Court of Australia wear a plain black gown in court (without a wig) but the Judges of the Supreme Courts of the States and Territories of Australia do wear court dress similar to that worn by judges of the High Court of England and Wales, with the formality of full gowning and wigs.
Students then got to visit Parliament. They toured the upper and lower chambers and the most beautiful law library we have ever seen. At the U.S. Consulate General office in Melbourne, professional foreign service staff explained their careers and how the consulate works to help U.S. citizens in Melbourne, including issuing visas to people who hope to visit the United States.
WMU-Cooley Law School Professor Kimberly E. O’Leary is directing the law school’s foreign study program in New Zealand and Australia. She and her students are sharing their experiences throughout the Hilary 2016 semester.