What do law teachers need to be taught about teaching?

Jackson Walkden-Brown, Nickolas James

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Bond University’s Centre for Professional Legal Education launched the Graduate Certificate of Legal Education in September 2017. It is the first postgraduate program in Australia specifically designed to meet the needs of law teachers. The four-subject specialised program provides participants with detailed exposure to contemporary legal education theory and practice, and prepares them for success in their careers as legal education professionals. While it is aimed primarily at academics teaching law at universities in Australia, it is also designed to appeal to legal education scholars, legal training providers, professional staff in law schools, and high school legal studies teachers.
The purpose of this paper is to present the justification for choices made in the design and delivery of the first subject in the GCLE program, Foundations of Legal Education. The subject includes a range topics aimed at encouraging participants to reflect upon the fundamental nature and purpose of legal education, particularly in the context of diversity and disruption in modern legal education and practice. The subject also includes the key themes in the scholarship of learning and teaching, with emphasis on the design of curricula and the articulation of a teaching philosophy. This paper presents the rationale for these inclusions. In the second part of the paper, the authors reflect critically on the interesting and rewarding experience of teaching law teachers about the teaching of law.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2018
EventAustralasian Law Teachers Association Conference: Law, Love and Revenge: Themes from The Merchant ... - Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Duration: 4 Jul 20186 Jul 2018


ConferenceAustralasian Law Teachers Association Conference
Abbreviated titleALTA 2018
OtherALTA has a long and proud history and it is a particular privilege for one of Australia’s youngest law schools to host the Annual Conference.

The Conference will be held in downtown Perth, at 57 Murray Street, home of the Curtin Law School in the city, from 4 – 6 July 2018.

ALTA has an important central function, to stimulate discussion and new ideas about teaching law.

Our conference theme is drawn from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, an iconic play that speaks to our times. They may not be ‘the best and worst of times’ but, we all live with great uncertainty, and in parts of the world, seemingly immutable enmities. We hope that the famous trial scene especially will provide ample material for stimulating discussion around a variety of themes. The plenary speakers and various supporting activities will explore the conference theme in various ways and thus provide a stimulating – and theatrical – backdrop for the conference proceedings and the discussions.

It is a singular honour for our young Law School to host a Conference that goes back to the middle of the 20th century, using as our leitmotif a play from the beginning of the 17th century. We hope to have some fun with it. And to learn much from each other.

Perth is a beautiful and serene location, and we hope you will take the time to visit the city, its museums and of course the surrounding countryside and wonderful vineyards. On behalf of the Curtin Law School I look forward to welcoming you to Perth and trust that you will have a wonderful Conference.
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