Beyond the boom: Prospects for Australian legal education

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‘Boom and Bust’ is the natural state of Australia’s arid interior, with occasional heavy rains punctuating the prevailing dry heat. Australia’s fauna and flora have evolved to make the most of this unpredictable environment. Early European settlers benefited from rainfall beyond the average and suffered when the cycle turned and droughts returned. This chapter considers the prospects for Australian legal education following what can be described as the boom for Australian law schools since changes to higher education regulation in the late-1980s. In 1989, there were 12 law schools in Australia. By 2016, there were 39 law schools operating across 45 campuses – a pattern of development that can be found elsewhere in common and civil law worlds.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRe-thinking legal education under the civil and common law
Subtitle of host publicationA road map for constructive change
EditorsRichard Grimes
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315212074
ISBN (Print)9780415792004
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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