Centre for Legal Education Conference (7&8 February 2014)

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be presenting at the Centre for Legal Education’s Annual Conference to be held at Nottingham Trent University on the 7th and 8th of February.

The main theme for the conference is ‘The Value of Legal Education’ and I hope to be appearing twice; firstly with Jon Harman on the Friday presenting ‘Learning Design in Action’ and then flying solo on the Saturday with a presentation about the value of class place learning compared with work place learning.

My solo presentation will be an account of the personal and professional journey that I have taken in the study, practice and teaching of law over the past 32 years. A story that begins in the 1980s with ‘articled clerks’ , continues through the ’90s and the rise of vocational training, on through the ‘noughties’ and then the ‘twenty-teens’ and the current debate surrounding the value of legal education. By considering the disruptive influences of economic circumstances, technology and the Legal Services Act in particular I hope to provide an interesting insight to the potential future of not only the profession of law but also the future of legal education.

Over the course of the next few weeks leading up to the conference, I will be posting a short series on this blog about the rise and fall of the Legal Practice Course. It will bring to light some of the issues about the respective values of class place and work place learning. I will be looking at the development of Problem-based Learning in the context of the LPC, whether it can truly replicate the experience of being in the work place, and what alternatives there are to the current class place learning delivered by many providers.

Stay tuned!


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