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Professional legal education reviews : too many 'what's, too few 'how's

Chow, Wilson Wai Shun and Tiba, Firew Kebede 2013, Professional legal education reviews : too many 'what's, too few 'how's, European journal of law and technology, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 1-26.

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Title Professional legal education reviews : too many 'what's, too few 'how's
Author(s) Chow, Wilson Wai Shun
Tiba, Firew KebedeORCID iD for Tiba, Firew Kebede orcid.org/0000-0002-0742-8953
Journal name European journal of law and technology
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 26
Total pages 26
Publisher Queen's University Belfast, School of Law
Place of publication Belfast, Ireland
Publication date 2013
ISSN 2042-115X
Keyword(s) legal education
legal training
classroom pedagogy
SimPLE
technology
Summary Former colonies of the British Empire, Hong Kong and Australia inherited the common law system and the basic structure of legal education and training from England and Wales and remain the closest siblings in terms of proximity in distance and the high degree of similarity between their respective frameworks for legal education and training. This article first summarizes the major reviews of legal education and training in these three jurisdictions: England and Wales, Australia and Hong Kong over the last four decades and argues that while these reviews are keen on investigating ‘what’ is lacking in the curriculum and ‘what’ needs to be changed to equip graduates for the challenges of the day, they do not seem to have shown the same level of enthusiasm in identifying ‘how’ the intended outcomes prescribed can be achieved. Nevertheless, law schools in these jurisdictions recently began to tap on, and combine with the improved classroom pedagogy, clinical legal education and internship, innovative teaching tools and solutions in an attempt to deliver more enhanced learning experience to students. The article examines the role ascribed to technology in legal education and training with a particular reference to SimPLE, a e-learning platform developed in England and Wales which has been put to use in Australia as well, and the reform initiatives taken, and planned to be taken, by the Department of Professional Legal Education at the University of Hong Kong in its Postgraduate Certificate in Laws programme. This article concludes by pointing out the importance of collaboration among stakeholders including teachers, university administration and the legal profession in effecting a more active role of technology in legal education and training of today.
Language eng
Field of Research 180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession
Socio Economic Objective 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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