Rethinking law curriculum: developing strategies to prepare law graduates for practice in rural and regional Australia

Project Information

Year Funded:2011
Grant (ex GST):$133,000
Project Status:Completed
Project Reference:ID11-2010
Program:Innovation & Development
Project Discipline:SOCIETY AND CULTURE - Law
Project Keywords:Law curriculum, Legal education, Rural and regional lawyers, Rural education

Lead Institution

University of New England
University of New England

Partner Institutions

Deakin University, La Trobe University, Southern Cross University, University of Southern Queensland, University of Wollongong

Project Team

Dr Amanda Kennedy (Project Leader), Mr Richard Coverdale, Dr Jennifer Nielsen, Ms Trish Mundy, Professor Reid Mortensen, Associate Professor Claire Macken, Mrs Caroline Hart, Dr Theresa Smith-Ruig, Amanda Kennedy

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to develop strategies within the undergraduate law curriculum to prepare and attract lawyers and other legal professionals for legal careers in rural and regional Australia. The project seeks to first understand what factors distinguish rural and regional legal practice as a career option, and then to examine how the law school curriculum might embed strategies to expose students to, and prepare them for such career pathways. The research aims to parallel the success of similar targeted initiatives in medical and teacher education, where the point of entry to the profession (i.e. the tertiary education and training phase) is actively engaged to form part of the solution for a growing concern both within the legal profession, and in rural and regional communities.

Resources

Rethinking law curriculum: developing strategies to prepare law graduates for practice in rural and regional Australia

Amanda Kennedy
University of New England
2013
University of New England
Deakin University, La Trobe University, Southern Cross University, University of Southern Queensland, University of Wollongong
Final Report Download Document (1.97 MB)

The information on this project's page was updated 21 May, 2013.

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