Bond University


[Extract]The main aims of the Fellowship were to investigate and to share ideas about how LE/PR can best be taught and assessed in Australian and American law schools. As part of the work of the Fellowship, I investigated the teaching approaches adopted, materials used, and assessment strategies employed: by teachers of LE/PR in selected law schools in the United States; by teachers of LE/PR in Australia; and by moral philosophers and applied ethicists in Australia. Initially, on the basis of the research that I had conducted for the Fellowship application, I planned to visit four law schools in the United States because of their innovative approaches to the teaching of LE/PR. The work of legal ethics teachers in America is continual, however. As a result, there is considerable diversity of approach and ongoing improvement, which are difficult to discern from Australia from journal publications alone. Originally, I also had hoped to be able to attend classes in the USA in which LE /PR was taught. Due to problems with different institutional calendars, limitations of funding, and staff unavailability due to other commitments, I was unable to attend as many classes as I would have liked. I decided to change my initial plans because, in addition, I had received more current information about what was happening in the USA once the Fellowship commenced in earnest. As a result, I was able to consult more teachers in the USA than originally planned in the time allotted and visit more institutions than I had originally anticipated. These changes enriched the Fellowship outcomes immeasurably.