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International Conference on the Future of Legal Education, Georgia State University College of Law, 20-23 February 2008. Council of Australian Law Deans and Carrick Institute Discipline Based Initiative in Law: Goals, Plans and Progress Professor Gary Davis (Flinders University) Project Director.

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International Conference on the Future of Legal Education, Georgia State University College of Law, 20-23 February 2008

Council of Australian Law Deans and Carrick Institute Discipline Based Initiative in Law: Goals, Plans and ProgressProfessor Gary Davis (Flinders University) Project Director

carrick institute for learning and teaching in higher education objectives
Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Objectives
  • promoting and supporting strategic change
  • raising profile of importance of teaching
  • fostering and acknowledging teaching excellence
  • disseminating and embedding good teaching and learning practices
  • encouraging sharing and benchmarking
  • identifying issues and facilitating national approaches to resolving them
carrick institute values
Carrick Institute: Values
  • inclusiveness
  • long-term change
  • diversity
  • collaboration
  • excellence
carrick institute programmes
Carrick Institute: Programmes
  • Carrick Awards for Australian University Teaching
  • Carrick Fellowship Scheme
  • Grants Scheme
  • Promoting Excellence Initiative
  • Discipline-Based Initiatives Scheme
discipline based initiatives scheme dbi
Discipline Based Initiatives Scheme (DBI)
  • system-wide
  • future-oriented
  • sustainable developments
  • curriculum regeneration
  • productive engagement
pilot discipline based initiatives
Pilot Discipline Based Initiatives
  • Science
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Law
    • AUTC: Johnstone & Vignaendra, Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Developments in Law (2003)
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Learning and Teaching in the Discipline of Law: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence in a Changed and Changing Environment

Diversity

  • proliferation of law schools & students
  • professional training vs intellectual discipline
  • “selling” of Law as prep’n for non-law careers
goals
Goals

G1Create, among key personnel in Australian Law Schools, greater awareness of and engagement with the Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Developments in Law Report

  • http://admin.carrickinstitute.edu.au/dspace/handle/10006/3492
  • Conduits: Associate Deans (Teaching & Learning)
goals cont
Goals (cont)

G2 Map the current diversity of student profiles and legal education programs in Australia

  • student characteristics
  • law course direction & focus
goals cont1
Goals (cont)

G3 Identify workable infrastructure for current and ongoing consultation and engagement with key stakeholders in legal education

  • students; teachers; administrators; employers; government; practising profession; judiciary
goals cont2
Goals (cont)

G4 Develop law graduate attributes templates

  • end product orientation
  • regional forums Apr - May
  • national: ALTA Conference July
goals cont3
Goals (cont)

G5 Explore the issue whether formal standards for Australian law schools ought to be adopted and present options for consideration by the Council of Australian Law Deans

  • CALD Meeting 3-4 March in Sydney
goals cont4
Goals (cont)

G6Develop effective means to inculcate in Australian law students the values of professionalism, ethics and service

  • personal interest vs professional responsibilities
  • stakeholder expectations of law school leadership
goals cont5
Goals (cont)

G7Develop baseline data regarding the mental well-being of law students including their understanding of relevant issues, personal experiences and knowledge of assistance mechanisms which are in place

  • prevalence of stress & depression
  • Sydney Uni research study: “Lawyers are human too: Investigating why those who speak out for others in need feel they must remain silent about their own needs?”
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Goals (cont)

G8Commence a process for re-designing the law curriculum and approaches to the delivery of legal education so that they will be sufficient to meet the needs of the coming generation of law students

  • agreed framework for revision of current mandatory requirements for professional accreditation
ethics prof conduct teaching
Ethics & Prof Conduct Teaching
  • preliminary stocktake
  • website info
  • almost all law schools: 30 / 32
  • universal: all law schools teach ethics and professional conduct
uniform admission rules professional conduct including basic trust accounting
Uniform Admission Rules: Professional Conduct (including basic Trust Accounting)

“Professional and personal conduct in respect of practitioner's duty:

(a) to the law;

(b) to the Courts;

(c) to clients, including a basic knowledge of the principles of trust accounting; and

(d) to fellow practitioners.”

content associations
Content Associations
  • legal professional identity
    • history, nature and structure of legal institutions and the legal profession
  • practical legal and generic skills
    • Negotiation; drafting; interviewing; advocacy
  • contextual approach
    • social; political; economic; access to justice
content associations cont
Content Associations (cont)
  • generic professional identity
    • “professionalism” or nature of a “profession”
  • development of an ethical disposition
    • recognise ethical dilemmas + tools to resolve
    • “framework of ethical analysis”
    • “ethical evaluation process”
methodology
Methodology
  • compulsory or elective
  • curriculum location: first; last; embedded
  • mode of delivery : lectures; tutorials; workshops; on-line; placement
assessment
Assessment
  • exams
  • research assignments
  • quizzes (in-class & on-line)
  • class participation
  • oral presentations
  • practicum assessment
  • role plays
  • reflective journals
conclusion
Conclusion

Legal academics driving discipline of law forward