Enhancing the First Year Curriculum and Experience: Law School ‘Boot Camp’

(2018) 28 Legal Education Review 1

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2018-07

26 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2018 Last revised: 27 Mar 2018

Adam Webster

University of Oxford - Blavatnik School of Government

Bernadette Richards

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Melissa de Zwart

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Alex Reilly

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Suzanne M. Le Mire

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

This article outlines and analyses the changes made to the First Year program at the Adelaide Law School to front load the teaching of legal skills. It identifies the particular challenges faced by first year law students in developing legal language and skills and outlines the curriculum changes which were adopted by the First Year teaching team to address these challenges. It reflects upon the responses to considerations of student diversity, course design, student engagement, and assessment design and provides an analysis of the success of the First Year ‘Boot Camp’.

Keywords: Legal education, first year experience, teaching, boot camp

Suggested Citation

Webster, Adam and Richards, Bernadette and de Zwart, Melissa and Reilly, Alex and Le Mire, Suzanne M., Enhancing the First Year Curriculum and Experience: Law School ‘Boot Camp’ (2018). (2018) 28 Legal Education Review 1; U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2018-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3138414 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3138414

Adam Webster (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Blavatnik School of Government ( email )

10 Merton St
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4JJ
United Kingdom

Bernadette Richards

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Australia

Melissa De Zwart

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

Alexander Reilly

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

Suzanne M. Le Mire

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

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