Preparing Future Generations of Lawyers for Legal Practice: What's Supervision Got to Do with it?

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Jeff Giddings

Griffith Law School; Monash University - Faculty of Law

Michael McNamara

Griffith University - Griffith Law School

Date Written: October 2014

Abstract

This article considers the centrally important role played by supervision in the conduct of legal practice. While the supervision of work undertaken by junior practitioners, trainees and paralegals underpins the processes used in modern law offices, the structures that support such practices have not been closely analysed in the scholarly literature on the practice of law in Australia.

In this article, we argue for a more structured approach to supervision in terms of both: (a) integrating the development of effective supervision into the various stages of legal education; and (b) providing structure around the supervisory relationship via appropriate training for supervisors and implementation of appropriate supervision methods. As part of this argument, we report on some of the results from the Queensland Legal Services Commission’s Supervision Practices Survey.

Keywords: Legal practice, supervision, Supervision Practices Survey

Suggested Citation

Giddings, Jeff and McNamara, Michael, Preparing Future Generations of Lawyers for Legal Practice: What's Supervision Got to Do with it? (October 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2740209 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2740209

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Australia

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Michael McNamara

Griffith University - Griffith Law School ( email )

Nathan Campus, GU
Nathan 4111
Australia

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