Training New Lawyers: Reflections and Future Directions for Training Victorian Lawyers

10 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2009 Last revised: 12 Dec 2012

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Rachel Chrapot

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Gaye Lansdell

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 25, 2009

Abstract

This chapter comments and reflects on a report released by the Victorian Attorney-General in September 2006 reviewing legal education in Victoria that relates to pre-admission training for graduates seeking to enter legal practice. It seeks to explain the necessity for the formulation of objectives and outcomes for pre-admission training in order to meet the changing needs of the community and the legal profession. In this respect it draws on the Victorian Law Institute's articled clerk survey and other training initiatives in other jurisdictions which have been established to meet competency standards. The main objective is to explain how the proposed changes that come into effect from 2008 will impact on key stakeholders: law firms, practical legal training (PLT) providers and students and to express the view that the recommendations should be regarded as a positive step forward in the training of legal professionals. Recognising that employers may not immediately embrace the new system of training, the authors focus on the benefits for employers and students alike.

Keywords: legal education, undergraduate studies, admission, Victoria, legal profession, articles of clerkship, supervised workplace traineeship, practical legal training

JEL Classification: K0, K00, K19, K29, K39, K49

Suggested Citation

Chrapot, Rachel and Lansdell, Gaye, Training New Lawyers: Reflections and Future Directions for Training Victorian Lawyers (February 25, 2009). Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007/21, Alternative Law Journal, No. 1, p. 77, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1349413

Rachel Chrapot (Contact Author)

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

Gaye Lansdell

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

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