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Law Graduates' Skills - A Pilot Study into Employers' Perspectives

Legal Education Review, Vol. 15, No. 1 & 2, pp. 87-124, 2005

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 07/81

27 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2007  

Elisabeth Peden

The University of Sydney Law School

Joellen Riley

The University of Sydney Law School

Abstract

This article provides the results of a pilot survey conducted into gauging the views of employers of Sydney University law graduates' legal skills. A number of known employers (from law firms to NGOs and government) were asked what they considered the strengths and weaknesses of the legal skill base of law graduates from Sydney University and also what legal skills they would like university law graduates to possess (keeping in mind that law graduates would undertake practical legal training after graduating at specialised colleges before they would be admitted to practice). The article considers the legal scholarship concerning skills training and theoretical and practical arguments about skills training.

Keywords: legal education, skills training, employers' perspectives

JEL Classification: K10, K40, I21

Suggested Citation

Peden, Elisabeth and Riley, Joellen, Law Graduates' Skills - A Pilot Study into Employers' Perspectives. Legal Education Review, Vol. 15, No. 1 & 2, pp. 87-124, 2005; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 07/81. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1034823

Elisabeth Peden (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Joellen Riley

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
+61 2 9351 0205 (Phone)
+61 2 9351 0200 (Fax)

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