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Law schools groan under burden of government compliance

Professor David Dixon is interviewed in the Law Society Journal, (October 2012).

Professor David Dixon says a new system to regulate higher education represents a 'major threat' to legal education. While he's been told that his concerns are 'overstated', other law deans are also concerned. Anne Susskind reports in the Law Society Journal.

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act) and the agency it establishes may preclude law schools from using many of their current teachers, as well as establish such a heavy “burden of compliance” that it will stifle new initiatives in teaching and drain resources and energy, says UNSW’s Dean of Law, Professor David Dixon.

This is aside from other “major problems” that will be caused by having to fit the structure of law degrees into a new, compulsory framework, Professor Dixon argues in a strongly-worded paper which is circulating among law deans and university leaders, and will be “high on the agenda” at the next meeting, in November, of the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD).

Read the Law Society Journal article (pdf) 

Read Professor Dixon's paper