Preparing Future Generations of Lawyers for Legal Practice: What's Supervision Got to Do with it?
31 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2016
Date Written: October 2014
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
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