ANU to close legal-practice school

After nearly 50 years, the university is closing the School of Legal Practice

The decision follows a review last year and consultation this. ANU observers suggest reasons for the decision include tough competition in the preparation for practice market and the school not suiting the College of Law’s emphasis on research-led teaching. The review is said to have proposed the school either continue with teaching-only staff or be closed.

Last night the SLP’s webpage still promoted its, “active research profile exploring aspects of the legal profession through the Centre for Profession, Education and Regulation in Law.But clearly to no avail.

Up to 29 academics will go, however the law school, within the college, is in the market for two FT and one PT academic staff.

The school will teach out courses and close at end 2021, but the college will take-over the military law programme. ANU will continue to offer four course-work law qualifications and research higher degrees.

The SLP says its graduate diploma, “has maintained its position as the leader in online education, and the graduate diploma of  legal practice has been integrated with today’s employment market demands.”


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