The Federation Press

Educating Lawyers for a Less Adversarial System


Many Australians believe that the civil justice system is not serving them as it should. It is criticised as being costly, inefficient and slow. In response to these criticisms, changes are being made in an effort to streamline legal proceedings and make them more affordable. This volume focuses on the relationship between civil justice reform and legal education, exploring the following questions:

What new roles and skills are required of legal professionals?
How should legal educators respond to changes that emerge from the reform process?
What might Australia learn from examining other countries?
What role can legal education and training play in effecting reform?

Table of Contents

Part 1: Courts, tribunals and legal professionals: Changing roles and skills

Combating the Warrior Mentality
LT Olsson
Change in the Adversarial System of Civil Dispute Resolution:Implications for the Judiciary
PA Sallmann
Smoothing the Sharp Corners of the Adversarial System - The Experience of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
J Dwyer
Procedural and Practical Reform:Consequences for the Practice of Law
G Reinhardt and Y de Fina
The Impact of ADR upon Legal Practitioners in the Nineties
G Vickery
The Movement Away from Oral Evidence:How Will This Affect Advocates?
G Downes

Part II: Education

Educating French Legal Professionals
M Lemonde
Educating German Legal Professionals
J-F Staats
Educating Australian Lawyers
A Stewart
Teaching Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills
C Brabazon and S Frisby
Educating Lawyers for Changing Process
C Sampford and S Condlln


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