Teaching the natives: Teaching law in the 21st century

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Cameron-Dow, L-L. (2012). Teaching the natives: Teaching law in the 21st century. In K. Wood, D. Knight, & S. Kinash (Eds.), Scholarship of Teaching and Learning @ Bond, volume 2 (pp. 77-87 ). Gold Coast, Queensland: Office of Teaching and Learning, Bond University.

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Legal pedagogy has changed little over the years. Legal students are still being taught the fundamentals of their profession in the time honoured classroom tradition, resulting in the acquisition of the same skills and knowledge. This study investigates whether this approach is still paramount in equipping students with the skills necessary to succeed in legal practice, or whether a greater focus on practical and ethical skills would be more beneficial in the current workplace. Further, this paper briefly examines the relationship between digital technology and the 21st century learner; how digital technology is being used as a teaching tool in some progressive institutions; and whether such a shift should be adopted by more teaching institutions.

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