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Legal academics work together to maximise student’s experience

On 14 February academics from 15 law schools around Australia gathered in Adelaide to attend a workshop on maximising students’ law school experience. The workshop was an important step in an ongoing project being conducted by a group of academics from Adelaide Law School. Anne Hewitt, a member of the project team, has explained the project’s purpose. “Rather than making assumptions about the student experience of learning law, we wanted to take the opportunity to engage with students, and to develop strategies based on their feedback to ensure that each law student finds their study as intellectually and personally rewarding as possible.”
As part of the project all Adelaide law students were asked to complete a comprehensive survey about their experiences. In addition, a number of students participated in focus groups, in which they had the opportunity to offer even more insight into their experiences. Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, Dr Melissa de Zwart, who is a member of the team involved in the project, has explained the trajectory from here. “The survey data and the information provided in focus groups, along with the ideas and strategies discussed at the workshop, will be used to develop concrete strategies which we hope will optimise our students’ experience.”
All students and staff in the Adelaide Law School will have an opportunity to be involved in further consultations arising from the project.
The project has been supported by a Faculty of the Profession Learning Grant, and is one of a number of initiatives focussing on maintaining excellence in teaching and learning at Adelaide Law School.

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