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Law schools and the burden of bureaucracy: release the yoke (a plea from the coalface). Part 2: international comparators and a proposal

Rundle, O ORCID: 0000-0002-1297-9688 and Griggs, LD ORCID: 0000-0003-3424-1366 2019 , 'Law schools and the burden of bureaucracy: release the yoke (a plea from the coalface). Part 2: international comparators and a proposal' , Australian Law Journal, vol. 93, no. ALJ , pp. 499-511 .

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Abstract

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we spoke about how compliance obligations are stifling the ability of Australian law schools and legal academics to engage in the core activities of research and teaching. There are multiple bodies who certify, accredit, monitor and/or impose reporting requirements upon legal educators, and the legal profession is involved in more than one of these regulatory systems. The Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC) is currently trialling an additional and separate system of regulation of law school teaching. In Part 1 we overviewed the legal profession’s role in legal education, and critiqued the LACC Standards. In this Part 2 article we draw from international experiences to compare the Australian regulatory regime; we then focus upon the underlying needs of the legal profession and law schools, and make a proposal for change. Legal academics must be released from the burden of unnecessary and duplicative administrative work. Law schools must retain ultimate control over what and how law is taught. The legal profession has a collaborative and constructive role to play with the relationship between the academe and the profession grounded in trust and respect.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Rundle, O and Griggs, LD
Keywords: legal education, legal profession, regulation, accreditation
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Law Journal
Publisher: Lawbook Co.
ISSN: 0004-9611
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