Highlights of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council’s Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Development in Law Report 2009

The 500-page Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Development in Law report painted an excellent picture of the Australian legal education landscape as it existed at the beginning of 2003. It mapped the significant changes that had taken place in legal education since the seminal Pearce Report of 1987. However, the dissemination methods used by the AUTC were not sufficient to allow this information to reach Australian legal academics in a meaningful way. Although things have developed in the last six years, much of the information, especially as it discloses trends, remains useful and relevant, and the work of the current ALTC/CALD Law project builds from it. Law schools vary in structural approaches, with some core compulsory subjects and various electives. This helps in catering for diverse student needs in terms of preparation for legal practice and law for intellectual or other purposes.

This resource is designed to provide Australian legal academics with an accessible introduction to the report. The full report can be accessed from the website of the Council of Australian Law Deans http://cald.asn.au/legal_educ.html

The views expressed in this document do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. The challenges posed by the Report include:

  • to promote incremental and coordinated approaches to curriculum development • better evaluation of effectiveness of teaching strategies
  • sharing of effective teaching strategies, policies and practices; and most of all
  • uniform promotion of scholarly approaches to teaching and curriculum development.

The latter part of this resource provides case studies of 2009 innovative directions and there are some references at various places in this report summary text.