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Providing a law degree for the “real world” : perspective of an Australian law school

Stickley, Amanda P. (2011) Providing a law degree for the “real world” : perspective of an Australian law school. The Law Teacher, 45(1), pp. 63-86.

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Abstract

The Queensland University of Technology badges itself as “a university for the real world”. For the last decade the Law Faculty has aimed to provide its students with a ‘real world’ degree, that is, a practical law degree. This has seen skills such as research, advocacy and negotiation incorporated into the undergraduate degree under a University Teaching & Learning grant, a project that gained international recognition and praise. In 2007–2008 the Law Faculty undertook another curriculum review of its undergraduate law degree. As a result of the two year review, QUT’s undergraduate lawdegree has fewer core units, a focus on first year student transition, scaffolding of law graduate capabilities throughout the degree,work integrated learning and transition to the workplace. The revised degree commenced implementation in 2009. This paper focuses on the “real world” approach to the degree achieved through the first year programme, embedding and scaffolding law graduate capabilities through authentic and valid assessment and work integrated learning.

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ID Code: 39986
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Legal education, curriculum development, first year transition, graduate capabilities, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/03069400.2011.546966
ISSN: 0306-9400
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Association of Law Teachers
Copyright Statement: This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of The Association of Law Teachers for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in The Law Teacher, Volume 45 Issue 1, March 2011.
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2011 11:42
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:10

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