Can a Law School Help Develop Skilled Legal Professionals? Situational Learning to the Rescue!
Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 90-95, 2011
5 Pages Posted: 16 May 2012
Date Written: 2011
While the importance of equipping graduates with professional skills is often recognized, both academics and students acknowledge that the process of teaching and learning skills at law school can be difficult. In this article the authors will reaffirm the continuing importance of skills teaching in Australian law schools and argue these difficulties are not insurmountable. We briefly explore our own experiences in teaching professional skills in a tertiary context, using a situational learning methodology (where students put themselves in the position of practicing lawyers), and discuss some of the lessons we have learned in the process of adapting and refining our approach to this perennially challenging issue.
Keywords: legal education, teaching professional skills, situational learning, skills assessment, tertiary education
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