Education

ALSA has a Vice-President (Education) and two Education Officers who are responsible for maintaining contacts and building resources covering a broad range of issues relating to legal education. In addition to this they undertake a number of comparative information and research projects and liaise with various industry and professional bodies on issues relating to legal education

The ALSA Vice-President (Education) sits on the Law Council of Australia’s Education Sub-Committee and Recruitment and Retention Working Group and consults with the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) at each of its meetings. ALSA’s Education portfolio has a presence at the annual July Conference through the Australasian Legal Education Forums (ALEFs) managed in cooperation with the Conference team, which gathers together a panel of experts for a lively discussion on topical legal issues.

The professional opportunities available to students beyond corporate law is as rich as it is diverse. ALSA is committed to linking its members with information and organisations that shed light on these jobs and how to apply to them. In partnership with the National Pro Bono Resource Centre we present the Social Justice Opportunities Portal.

For more information, contact the ALSA Education Vice-President.

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Working Parties

The purpose Education Working Parties are to workshop current educational issues and concerns pertinent in both the legal community and to law students. The working parties are the responsibility of the Education Officers.

This year the working parties will be working towards “bridging the gap” between the Education Portfolio and LSS’s. We strongly encourage ALL students to get involved in the working parties as they are a great way to share knowledge and collaborate on the issues in specifically in these areas. It is our aim to involve students in a variety of ways, notably through the Facebook pages, teleconferences, and Council meetings throughout the year.

Should you be interested in getting involved or wish to know more people click below, or contact the Education Officers at educationofficer@alsa.asn.au.

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Other Issues

Law students aspire to practice in big shiny buildings at least in their state capital, if not in Hong Kong or London. Unfortunately this means that they are not aware of nor do they consider the excellent career opportunities available in regional centres, small towns and remote areas. This is not only a loss for law students - a 2009 survey conducted by the Law Council of Australia showed that rural, regional and remote areas were facing an acute access to justice problem in the next five to ten years if more lawyers did not move to those areas.

This so-called ‘RRR problem’ could not have come at a better time for law students. As metropolitan firms have reduced their graduate intakes in response to the economic climate, RRR firms offer graduates a career path that will expose them to a diverse range of matters and offer excellent training should that lawyer want to move back to metropolitan practice in the future.

Fact sheets

ALSA also publishes fact sheets on issues if importance to law students. Click below to view them.