About

Project leaders

The current project leaders are:

Kate Galloway Kate is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at Bond University University (Cairns). In 2009 Kate was the recipient of an ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. In the field of teaching and learning, Kate has presented conference papers and has published in areas such as pastoral care, assessment in web 2.0, first year in law and distinctiveness in curriculum, as well as in property law.
Dr Julie Clarke Julie is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School. In 2009 Julie was the recipient of an ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

Co-convenor

As at August 2017:

Tania Leiman  Dean, Flinders Law School, Flinders University.

Tania is a previous recipient of the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010) and the team award in 2014 for the Flinders Legal Advice Clinic where she is the supervising solicitor. In 2011 Tania received an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Judith Marychurch Assistant Dean (Teaching & Learning), Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. 

Judith is the recipient of a national Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2006) and the Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Contribution to Teaching & Learning (OCTAL) Award (2006). In 2013 Judith was selected as a member of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Register of Experts in Discipline 0909 Law; Academic administration; and Curriculum development and design.

Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) funding

The Law AD Network received initial funding from the ALTC (now OLT) to facilitate development of Good Practice Guides, hold network meetings, provide conference assistance and to support the development of a website to disseminate best practice in legal education. That funding has expired.

After ongoing discussion between the Network and the Council for Australian Law Deans, the Council has graciously agreed to provide some limited funds to support meeting activities and research projects.

Network priorities

The aim of the Network is promote collaborative approaches to teaching and learning in Australian legal education. The Law AD Network will lead teaching and learning in the discipline of law, as well as encourage and document good practice and establishing a community of practice. The purpose of this OLT funded project is to create processes and strategies to sustain the Law AD Network as an ongoing leadership group with regular (twice-yearly), well-timed national meetings, and linked to meetings of either CALD or the Australian Law Teachers' Association.

The project has also established a website as a repository for sharing Law AD Network outcomes with the sector, including the dissemination of Good Practice Guides on the threshold leaning outcomes (TLOs) for both the Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctorate degrees to Australian Universities offering a law degree. It is proposed that a secretariat be appointed to the host institution to work closely with the Executive Committee of the Network to:

  • • create and maintain the Law AD Network website, including setting up a repository for a collection of current resources relating to Australian teaching and learning in law;
  • • organise times/ locations and attendance for network meetings, and provide administrative assistance to the host institution to ensure effective running of the network;
  • • provide an initial contact point for dealings with the network;
  • • correspond with and communicate topics for discussion, agenda and outcomes to network members;
  • • edit reports, good practice guides and written reports from network meetings and disseminate to interested parties.

At the first meeting of the Law AD Network in June 2010, the group provided feedback for the development of the Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for the Bachelor of Laws. At the second meeting of the Law AD Network, held in Melbourne in September 2010, there was broad support for an ongoing network of Associate Deans, both for the purpose of TLOs, but also for a broader purpose of sharing practices and research relating to teaching and learning in Australian law schools. In March 2011 the Law AD Network also commissioned six Good Practice Guides (GPGs) to implement the Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for the Bachelors of Laws (with reports due in August 2011). A further three Good Practice Guides were published in May 2013. In May 2011, a group of Law ADs from various Universities have also worked together to create preliminary threshold learning outcomes for the Juris Doctorate (JD) degree.

Specific dissemination outcomes of the project include:

• ongoing dissemination of Law AD Network outcomes through reporting to CALD as well as reports from each AD Network meeting distributed to the entire network;

• distribution of hard-copy Good Practice Guides on TLOs to Australian Universities through the Law ADs (Teaching and Learning);

• establishment of a website as a repository for the purpose of sharing Law AD Network outcomes with the sector; EOI Law AD Network 3

• Dissemination and sharing of GPGs on the TLOs for both the Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctorate degrees to Australian Universities offering a law degree through Law Associate Deans (Teaching and Learning);

• Outcomes of the Law AD Network to be disseminated at the Annual Australasian Law Teachers' Association (ALTA) Conference.

For further discussion about the benefits and rationale for the Network see the article by Project Lead Kate Galloway 'Networking supports legal education', Campus Review (May 2012)