University Lawyers: A Study of Legal Risk, Risk Management and Role in Work Integrated Learning Programmes
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 37(3), 344–360 (2015)
Posted: 12 Jan 2018 Last revised: 18 Jan 2018
Date Written: 2015
Work integrated learning (WIL) is in growing demand by multiple stakeholders within the higher education sector in Australia. There are significant and distinct legal risks to universities associated with WIL programmes. University lawyers, along with WIL administrators and university management, are responsible for managing legal risk. This quantitative study of 41 Australian university lawyers offers awareness and insight into their role, the legal risks and their risk management practices with respect to WIL programmes. The results furnish university management, WIL administrators and university lawyers in all jurisdictions with a series of issues related to risk management that warrant further consideration. In particular the authors suggest that the appointment of a dedicated WIL lawyer, a clear delineation of risk management responsibilities through university policy and education and greater collaboration between university lawyers and WIL administrators has the potential to improve institutional risk management in the specific context of WIL programmes.
JEL Classification: K19
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