Teaching & Learning seminar: Supporting student learning through clinical legal education at Melbourne Law School
G01, Ground Floor Elisabeth Murdoch Building ParkvilleMap
Kate Fischer Doherty
Director, Public Interest Law Initiative and Director of Clinical Programs
Over the past five years the clinical legal education program at Melbourne Law School has grown to include six public interest -focused clinical subjects plus an extensive internship program, together engaging more than 200 Juris Doctor students each year. Students in the clinic program engage with real clients and real work across the range of legal practice areas – from live client advice clinics to community legal education in the award-winning Street Law subject to designing an online legal expert system in Law Apps. Clinical and experiential methods of teaching and learning integrate the academic study of law with the practical skills and professional competencies students need as they enter the profession. In this session I will discuss the design and methodology of the clinic subjects, and in particular the emphasis on reflective practice as an integral part of the learning cycle. I will also draw on the preliminary results of empirical research to suggest that clinical methods can play a significant role in equipping students for the changing demands of 21st century legal practice.
Kate is the Director of the Public Interest Law Initiative and Director of Clinical Programs at Melbourne Law School. She holds an LLB(hons) a BA and an LLM from the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining Melbourne Law School, Kate worked in the community legal sector for 10 years and as a practicing lawyer. She has a particular interest in student professional and ethical development through clinical legal education.
The seminar will typically involve a 40-50 minute presentation with plenty of time for questions and discussion afterwards. This seminar series showcases evidence-based best practice in the areas of teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education. This seminar series showcases evidence-based best practice in the areas of teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education. Topics will range from general teaching methods that enhance critical thinking and transfer of learning, example curricula designed to improve student engagement, disciplinary specific activities for enhancing concept formation and change, and ways of measuring the impact of current and emerging teaching practices in higher education. The series provides opportunities for lecturers and researchers of the University, and from other Australian and international universities, to present exemplars of evidence-based best practice. The aim is to stimulate discussion and reflection around empirically derived methods of improving teaching and learning in higher education. Members of the University and public are welcome to attend.
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