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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
mediation Social Sciences
Teaching Social Sciences

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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 2002 2019

A Civil Litigation Practice Manual

Zillmann, H., 2019, Sydney: Thomson Reuters (Scientific) Inc. & Affiliates. 285 p.

Research output: Book/ReportScholarly editionEducationpeer-review

legal usage
training program
41 Downloads (Pure)

Clinical programs, social justice and transformation through student learning

Stevenson, L., 22 Jan 2019, In : Alternative Law Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
social justice

Evidence Proves It's Time for Change

Crowe, J., Sep 2019, In : Proctor. 39, 8, p. 32

Research output: Contribution to journalMagazine ArticleResearch

Peer Review

Activities 2011 2019


Joachim Dietrich (Mentor), Kylie-Anne Fletcher (Mentee)
2019 → …

Activity: Professional Development, Mentorship, Supervision and Other ActivitiesMentorshipMentor

Centre for Professional Legal Education (Publisher)

Kylie-Anne Fletcher (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

Australian Journal of Clinical Education (Journal)

Kylie-Anne Fletcher (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

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