No recording at UniMelb Law School

Petitioners at the University of Melbourne want the law school to make recorded lectures available to students, including those studying for a juris doctor degree. “This is university policy, hard-won after lobbying and activism by our predecessors.”

To which the university responds; “After extensive consultation with staff and students, Melbourne Law School came to the conclusion against making recordings available generally. This view was reached in the interests of providing students with the best quality legal education and the best teaching experience overall. Students with special consideration reasons are able to access recordings in compulsory subjects.”

An MLS policy statement policy details reasons, including if lectures are recorded people do not go to class, which, “changes the type of learning community.” As to the JD, it “uses seminar style teaching rather than lecturing and this form of teaching is not particularly conducive to being recorded.”

Which is not what the petitioners think; “This is an issue of accessibility, equity, and learning resources. Law students deserve equal treatment,” they claim.

As for the JD. the petitioners claim; “most JD classes are lectures. This is the case for the majority of the core subjects, and most electives.”


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