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The emergence of JD in the Australian Legal Education marketplace and its impact on academic standards

Cooper, Donna M., Jackson, Sheryl, Mason, Rosalind F., & Toohey, Mary (2011) The emergence of JD in the Australian Legal Education marketplace and its impact on academic standards. Legal Education Review, 21(2), pp. 23-48.

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Abstract

Over the last decade there has been an expansion in the number of Juris Doctor (JD) courses in the Australian legal education marketplace. Across the board it is graduate-entry, but it is currently offered in undergraduate, postgraduate and ‘hybrid’ forms. In this article we will discuss recent research conducted as part of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council grant. This project included an exploration of whether JD courses in Australia were applying different and higher level academic standards to those operating in Bachelor of Laws degrees. Our research findings reveal justification for concerns about the academic standards of some JD courses, particularly where masters level students were being taught alongside their undergraduate counterparts. They also provide some insights into perceptions in the marketplace of JD graduates. Finally, we will discuss the future viability of such courses in light of recent revisions to the Australian Qualifications Framework.

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ID Code: 48192
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Juris Doctor, JD, graduate entry , law course, legal education
ISSN: 1033-2839
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Authors
Deposited On: 24 Jan 2012 09:18
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 09:44

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