Sessional academic success : the QUT Law School experience

Hews, Rachel, Yule, Jennifer M., & Van Winden, Justine (2014) Sessional academic success : the QUT Law School experience. Journal of Australasian Law Teachers Association, 7(1&2), pp. 15-27.

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Abstract

Sessional academics are an important part of the provision of legal education in higher education with many institutions relying to a large extent on their sessional academics to deliver the teaching program, particularly in the first year. This is particularly relevant to Law Schools as many sessional academics are legal practitioners rather than HDR students. Therefore it is important for both the staff and student experience as well as to the attainment of the learning outcomes that consideration is given to the professional development and training of sessional academics. The QUT Law School has been a participant in a university pilot providing opportunities through the Sessional Academic Success program for academic development, support and developing a sense of belonging for sessional academics. This article will explain the program and initial outcomes and report on the results of surveys and focus groups of sessional academics as well as feedback from fulltime staff. The article will conclude with an analysis of the benefits to sessional academics, students and the School as a whole.

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ID Code: 81745
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: legal education, sessional academics, professional development, HERN
ISSN: 1836-5620
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 > Higher Education Research Network
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Authors
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2015 22:32
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2015 21:11

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