One Day Symposium: Teaching Legal Analysis and Writing Dec 10th : Melbourne Law School

Melbourne Law School, Melbourne University, is hosting a one day symposium on Teaching Legal Analysis and Writing Skills on Thursday, December 10, 2015, from 8:30 AM – 5:15 PM, at 185 Pelham Street, Carlton, VIC. Faculty from New Zealand, the United States of America, and 8 law schools in Australia are attending.

The symposium will be an opportunity for professional development in a stimulating and interactive series of sessions.  Topics include:

  • Using games to stimulate student learning
  • How to develop online teaching and learning materials
  • Creative methods of demonstrating legal concepts and reasoning in the classroom
  • The variety of legal writing exercises that might be used to teach and assess analysis and communication skills

This is a great opportunity to share promising practices in teaching legal analysis and writing.

If you have any questions about the symposium, please contact Dr Chantal Morton at chantal.morton  @





Law research and ethics clearance

Thanks to one of my colleagues for sharing this interesting discussion from Inside Story about ethics clearance (by Gillian Cowlishaw).

The discussion in the article concerns the difficulties social science researchers (which includes law) face in complying with ethics clearance rules and ethics committees that may not be well suited to the research methodologies typically undertaken by law researchers.  While the story focuses on ethics clearance in Australia, it is likely that law researchers (including PhD students) in other parts of the world face similar demands, many of which may also be irrelevant or inapposite to their research.

The article certainly accords with my own experience – even as I recognise the good intentions and hard work of those serving on ethics committees. I am, however, quite pessimistic that the present ethics clearance system will improve. Rather, I expect that it will continue to be ever more burdensome and far removed from the world of legal research.

Any thoughts/responses?

By Colin Picker

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