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Twilight Webinar - 'Assuring Professional Competence: The Regulation of Legal Education in Australia'

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'Assuring Professional Competence: The Regulation of Legal Education in Australia'

In common with other services and industries, both legal education and legal practice have experienced extensive disruption and innovation due to the changing nature of work, globalisation, demographic shifts and technological transformation. In 2021, the impact of Industry 4.0 on the future of work and learning has been accelerated by the pandemic’s forced adoption and rapid upscaling of digitisation and digitalisation. However, while so much has changed so dramatically around it, the regulation of legal education in Australia has remained largely undisrupted for decades, despite relentless scrutiny and perennial criticism. Particularly, its three, sequential stages – university, practical legal training and continuing professional development – persist in their disjuncted silos, with little regard to the necessity for a modern articulation of a fit-for-purpose professional learning continuum. This presentation will examine the possibilities of an ecosystemic view of legal education and training, drawing on recent international initiatives, and will identify some options for establishing an appropriate threshold competency statement for entry-level lawyers.   

About the Speaker

Professor Sally Kift is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL), and President of the Australian Learning & Teaching Fellows (ALTF). She has held several university leadership positions, including as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at James Cook University. Sally is a national Teaching Award winner, a Senior Teaching Fellow and a Discipline Scholar, Law. In 2017, she received an Australian University Career Achievement Award for her contribution to Australian higher education. Sally was a member of the AQF Review Panel that reported to Government in September 2019.