Some Thoughts on Legal Education

8 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2017 Last revised: 5 Dec 2017

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Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2017


As well as holding a practicing certificate for over 50 years, Sir Geoffrey Palmer has spent years teaching law, both in the United States and in New Zealand. Here, he reflects on his experiences of the law as a student, a practitioner and as a teacher and makes some observations about what this means for the discipline of law. The address concludes with the thought that what it means to be learned in the law is changing, and legal education has to change with it. Address delivered at the Australian Law Teachers Association (ALTA) 2016 Conference in Wellington on 7 July 2016.

Keywords: Legal education, Law

JEL Classification: K00, K40

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, Some Thoughts on Legal Education (2017). (2017) 48 VUWLR ; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper. Available at SSRN:

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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