Topic: Towards a profile of Australian law students: indications from the Law School Survey of Student Engagement at UNSW

Presenter: Associate Professor Alex Steel - Associate Dean (Education), UNSW Law

The Law School Survey of Student Engagement is a major annual US survey involving approx 180 law schools since 2004. In Nov 2012 it was run for the first time in Australia at UNSW. 

LSSSE provides data on issues such as: class preparation and discussion of matters outside of class; how much assessment stretches students and requires higher order thinking; how much time students spend studying, working, relaxing each week; the degree to which students consider the curriculum develops broader professional skills; what electives students would prefer to do; and where they see themselves working on graduation.

This talk will discuss some of the findings from that survey and the issues it raises for further analysis. Part of that analysis is a comparison with the results of US law schools - providing for the first time an empirical comparison of attitudes and approaches of students in North America and Australia. 

All welcome, please register by emailing Beth Williams.

Contact: Beth Williams, ph: 334 69350, email:

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