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The Centre for Professional Legal Education is a community of legal educators, researchers, practitioners and administrators who collaborate in defining, understanding, engaging in and promoting best practice in the teaching of law, with a particular emphasis upon professional legal education, and in developing and delivering professional legal training programs of the highest quality.

Students, employers, university administrators and government regulators have all called for legal education to become more professionally-focussed, more skills-based, more authentic, more global, more clearly articulated and more effective in preparing graduates for professional practice. At the same time, law schools continue to play important roles in preserving the rule of law, providing equitable access to legal services, and promoting thoughtful law reform and social justice, roles which do not always align with efforts to professionalise the law degree. There is a pressing need for scholarly and critical reflection upon who and what law schools teach, the ways in which law schools teach and assess students, and the wider role and responsibilities of law schools. The Centre for Professional Legal Education brings together academics, practitioners and administrators, and facilitates an ongoing disciplinary conversation about the nature and purpose of professional legal education.

Bond Law has already acquired for itself a reputation for providing the best law teaching and the best law student experience in the region. The establishment of this Centre has strengthened Bond law’s reputation, ensuring that we are renowned not only for our teaching practice but also for our contribution to scholarly discussion and debate about the purpose, form and practice of legal education and the role of law schools in contemporary society.

The CPLE’s activities stimulate and enrich legal education by:

  • Undertaking individual and collaborative legal education research projects
  • Supporting industry through profession-specific research projects
  • Disseminating information on legal education
  • Providing opportunities to legal professionals for professional development
  • Consulting with regulatory bodies domestically and internationally to facilitate the development of policy
  • Designing improvements to teaching and learning in law;
  • Developing collaborative networks to stimulate research and funding opportunities for legal education.

 Executive committee

Advisory board

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Law Social Sciences
lawyer Social Sciences
school law Social Sciences
legal usage Social Sciences
student Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
jurisdiction Social Sciences
mediation Social Sciences

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Francina Cantatore

Person: Teaching and Research

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Projects 2010 2022

National Research Investigation into Models and Quantifiable Benefits of Pro Bono and Social Justice Activities in Australian Law Schools

Cantatore, F., Giddings, J., Cody, A., Waye, V., George, A., Bartlett, F., Golledge, E., Ojelabi, L., Kenny, M. A., Copeland, A. & Castles, M.


Project: Research


Promoting Innovation in Legal Education and Graduate Employability Skills in Law Students through Pro Bono Law Clinics: A comparative study

Cantatore, F., McQuoid-Mason, D., Geldres, V., Mendoza, P., Hicks, J., Holness, D. & Salgado, S.


Project: Research


Animal Law Education

James, N. & Walkden-Brown, J.

9/01/18 → …

Project: Research

Research Output 2002 2020

Educating for Well-Being in Law: Positive Professional Identities and Practice

Field, R. M. (ed.) & Caroline, S. (ed.), 2020, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 194 p.

Research output: Book/ReportScholarly editionResearchpeer-review

positive law
moral philosophy

Self-care as a professional virtue for lawyers

Field, R. M., Caroline, S. & Duncan, N., 2020, Educating for Well-Being in Law: Positive Professional Identities and Practice. Field, R. & Strevens, C. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 14-26

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

legal profession

Submission to Senate Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology Parliament of Australia (No.32)

Cantatore, F., Galloway, K. & Parsons, L., Jan 2020, 6 p. Parliament of Australia.

Research output: Other contributionSubmission to governmentResearch

Open Access
insurance company
capital movement

Activities 2007 2020

Journal of Applied Philosophy (Journal)

Jonathan Crowe (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

University of New South Wales Law Journal (Journal)

Jonathan Crowe (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

Centre for Professional Legal Education (Publisher)

Kylie Fletcher (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

Press / Media

Access to justice scorecard - Bond Law Clinic initiative

Francina Cantatore


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Bond Law Clinic services

Francina Cantatore


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Active Consent Doesn’t Sound Sexy, but It Can Lead to More Pleasure

Jonathan Crowe


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

A Battle Royal : Digital Music Piracy v. the Music Industry, an Assessment of Australian Copyright Law.

Author: Goldschmied, J., 9 Oct 2010

Supervisor: Van Caenegem, W. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Deception as a Legal Negotiation Strategy: a Cross-jurisdictional, Multidisciplinary Analysis Towards an Integrated Policy Reforms Agenda

Author: Lakhani, A., 9 Oct 2010

Supervisor: Boulle, L. (Supervisor) & Field, R. M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Negotiating a changing landscape: Authors, copyright and the digital evolution

Author: Cantatore, F., 6 Oct 2012

Supervisor: Johnston, J. (Supervisor) & Van Caenegem, W. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis