• Bond University, Faculty of Law

    4229 Gold Coast

    Australia

Accepting PhD Students

19992019
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Personal profile

Research interests

I am the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law at Bond University, and a  former commercial lawyer. I have been an academic since 1996. My areas of teaching expertise include business and commercial law, law in society and legal theory, company law, the law of succession and property law.

My current research is characterised by four overlapping themes:
1. The development of legal reasoning and critical thinking skills by law students: In my doctoral thesis I applied Foucauldian theory to explore and explain the inconsistency and marginalisation of critique within Australian legal education. Since then I have continued to conduct research in an effort to resolve these inconsistencies and construct a practical and relevant pedagogy for the teaching and assessment of legal reasoning and critical legal thinking.

2. The critical analysis and evaluation of law teaching programs, projects and problems: I have published papers and engaged in projects about law program objectives, law student mentoring programs, 100% final exams and other assessment for law students, law student wellbeing, and perceptions by LLB students regarding the quality of their learning experience at law school.

3. The application of Foucauldian theoretical frameworks and methodologies to law and legal issues: I have published papers focussing upon Foucauldian analyses of legal education, cybercrime regulation, and corporate crime. I have in recent years focussed upon a Foucauldian analysis of academic resistance to teaching reform.

4. Foundational law textbooks: I have written three editions of a business law textbook, Business Law, published by Wiley and I am presently working on the 4th edition for publication in 2016. I have also written one edition of The New Lawyer, a first year law textbook co-authored with Rachael Field and by Wiley in 2013.

Statement for HDR students

There are three areas in which I would be very interested in supervising a HDR project:

1. The development of legal reasoning and critical thinking skills by law students
2. The critical analysis and evaluation of law teaching programs, projects and problems
3. The application of Foucauldian theoretical frameworks and methodologies to law and legal issues

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Queensland University of Technology

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Research Output 1999 2019

The New Lawyer

Walkden-Brown, J., James, N. & Field, R. M., 15 Feb 2019, 2nd ed. Milton QLD: Wiley & Sons Australia. 560 p.

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A Critical Evaluation of Micro-Credentialing and Stacking in Legal Education

James, N., 27 Oct 2018.

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A Critical Evaluation of the Relevance of Design Thinking for Lawyers

Galloway, K. & James, N., 5 Jul 2018.

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Law and Power: Ten Lessons From Foucault

James, N., 2018, In : Bond Law Review. 30, 1, 13 p., 4.

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Law Student Wellness and Digital Disruption

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Activities 2013 2018

Legal Education Review (Journal)

Nickolas James (Reviewer)
2013Aug 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workGuest Editor

Legal Education Review (Journal)

Nickolas James (Member of editorial board)
Aug 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial Board Member

Australian Journal of Clinical Education (Journal)

Nickolas James (Member of editorial board)
Jan 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial Board Member

The new legal professional: Digitally competent and conscientiously networked

Kathrine Galloway (Invited speaker), Nickolas James (Invited speaker)
9 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Tomorrow's Lawyers

Nickolas James (Participant)
9 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...Other

Student theses

Thinking Like an Expert Lawyer: Measuring Specialist Legal Expertise Through Think-Aloud Problem Solving and Verbal Protocol Analysis

Author: MacMillan, P., 10 Oct 2015

Supervisor: James, N. (Supervisor) & Earl, P. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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