Providing for independent legal thinking 


The Law Foundation of South Australia is an incorporated body established in June 1985 under the provisions of the Associations Incorporation Act 1985. 

It provides scholarships and grants for legal research, public education on legal matters and/or training.  It also awards a Law & Justice Essay Prize for which students of any South Australian tertiary institution may be eligible to enter.

Its objectives are to:

  • promote or undertake legal research which may be of value in the reform of law;
  • promote and provide legal education including the education and training of legal practitioners and/or persons employed by them;
  • promote or undertake community education in law and the legal system, including programmes in schools;
  • communicate to legal practitioners and others information on the law and matters relating to the law;
  • publish, subsidise or otherwise assist in the publication of materials relating to, resulting from or connected with carrying out the objectives of the Foundation;
  • provide legal services to the community or a section of the community;

  • do anything incidental or conducive to the carrying out of the foregoing objects.

The Law Foundation is determined to only award grants to those worthy projects that fit its objectives.


The Corpus

Originally, the Law Foundation was established with seeding funds from a statutory entitlement. The Foundation's income is now produced from the interest earned on its investments, as well as receiving a percentage of the interest accruing on trust accounts of legal practitioners pursuant to S.57A of the Legal Practitioners Act 1981. It is also empowered to accept gifts, donations, trusts and endowments, subsidies and bequests.