Professor Kathy Laster

CEO, Sir Zelman Cowen Centre

This is a colloquium on legal education for the virtual age and it looks at how we can best equip our students for the world that they're going to encounter when they finish their legal studies.

There were fifteen law schools represented today 24 participants all talking about the challenges that technology presents for professionals of the future.

Peter Strauss

Betts Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

We tend not to think as much as we should about the changes that are occurring and the impact they'll have again on the profession for which we are preparing our students.

They're well ahead of us, just in terms of what they're habituated to.

Professor Lisa Webley

Professor of Empirical Legal Studies at University of Westminster

We've got, yes an awful lot of law graduates coming out who aren't getting traditional legal jobs.

Then we've got more people than ever in the population who need legal help and can't access it at a cost that they can afford.

If we could somehow harness all of those law graduates to be able to meet that unmet legal need with the help of technology to make it more efficient, cheaper and just more accessible, I think it would be a great outcome.

Dr Kylie Burns

Senior Lecturer, Griffith Law School

So I was talking today about e-professionalism and particularly social media. So, there's a real emerging issue in both the legal profession but with law students, about how to use social media and also technology more broadly in an ethical and professional way.

That's really an undeveloped area here in Australia.

Gary Cazalet

Senior Lecturer, Melbourne Law School

So at the Melbourne Law School I teach a number of subjects but one of the subjects I teach is "Law Apps" and "Law Apps" is a subject where students build web-based applications that provide tailored legal information.

So whilst there's a lot of doom and gloom about traditional jobs for lawyers I think there's quite a lot of excitement and certainly I see it with my students, at the possibilities of working in areas where they can use their skills around technology and innovation both within the legal profession and beyond the legal profession.

Matthew Magain

Graphic Recorder, Sketch Videos

So hopefully I've captured things accurately and hopefully not too many people take offence to any caricature if I've drawn your nose too big...

Laurie Atkinson

Director, Law Library of Victoria & Supreme Court Librarian

The day went very quickly. There was so much covered and a really different set of perspectives and backgrounds and skills coming through in all of the speakers. It was a very rich day.

Tania Leiman

Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning, Senior Lecturer in Law

I'm just delighted to find that there are so many people in the same room who are all thinking around the same sorts of issues that I'm thinking about. Sometimes it feels like you're the only one out there.

Dr Kylie Burns

Senior Lecturer, Griffith Law School

I think it's just an awesome thing. I'm happy to be here.

I'm tweeting away as best I can.

Participants

Laurie Atkinson, Director of the Law Library of Victoria & Supreme Court Librarian

Peter Black, Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Kylie Burns, Senior Lecturer, Griffith Law School

Gary Cazalet, Senior Lecturer, Melbourne Law School

Rachel Chrapot, Manager, Education & Policy, Victorian Bar

Fabian Horton, Lecturer, College of Law

Dr Anna Huggins, Director Undergratuate Programs (Curriculum), Queensland University of Technology

Professor Dan Hunter, Foundation Dean, Swinburne Law School

Professor Kathy Laster, Director, Sir Zelman Cowen Centre

Tania Leiman, Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning, Flinders Law School

Anne MacDuff, Senior Lecturer, PhD Candidate, Australian National University

Professor Lyria B. Moses, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales.