Expansion of support for first year law students : an overview from a first year coordinator

Yule, Jennifer M. (2011) Expansion of support for first year law students : an overview from a first year coordinator. In First Year Experience in Law : A New Beginning?, 2 July 2011, Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD. (Unpublished)

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In the context of government funding and targets for increased participation in higher education and equity groups, as well as attrition rates, the literature on first year higher education highlights the importance of appropriate levels of support for students transitioning to higher education. In the law school context, support of first year students is also important in the response to the high levels of stress among law students. It is therefore necessary for universities to provide a variety of support to first year students from both a student perspective and a curriculum perspective. This paper explores the process of investigating the expansion of student support, including peer support programs, staff led programs, appointing a first year coordinator and developing a curriculum plan. These programs promote engagement and ensure a cohesive and integrated first year experience from both curriculum design and student experience perspectives. This paper will explain the process undertaken at QUT of expanding support for first year law students, overview the program details and will reflect on the feedback from students, peer facilitators and staff of expanding support for first year law students at QUT. The paper will conclude with recommendations for improvement to the program.

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ID Code: 46735
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Legal, Education, FYE, Support, Transition
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Jennifer Yule
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2011 22:23
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2011 02:14

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