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Slides for the presentation by Graeme Broadbent and Pamela Sellman (Kingston University) at the Learning in Law Annual Conference 2011.

Slides for the presentation by Graeme Broadbent and Pamela Sellman (Kingston University) at the Learning in Law Annual Conference 2011.

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  • 1. Images of Law, Law Schools and Legal Education Learning in Law Annual Conference 29 January 2011 Graeme Broadbent and Pamela Sellman Kingston University
  • 2.
    • “ Most universities websites don’t show you information you want to know, they just show you the information that they want you to know. That’s quite stupid really.”
    • (Sixth former quoted in Times Higher Education 19 August 2010)
  • 3. Context
    • Benefits of higher education
    • Benefits of studying law
    • From elite discipline in elite system to mass discipline in mass system
    • Alignment
    • Deficit
    • Consumerism, customers and stakeholders
    • Competition
  • 4.
    • Choice
    • Information/marketing
    • Identity
    • Measures
    • Two way process
  • 5. Browne Report
    • weekly hours of teaching contact time
    • the proportion of assessments by coursework
    • the percentage of graduates finding employment at the end of their studies
  • 6. List of criteria
    • Fees
    • Class contact
    • Modules (core/optional)
    • Assessments
  • 7.
    • Teaching staff and research
    • Facilities
    • Location/campus
    • Employability
    • League tables
    • Website – interactive/visual images
  • 8. Rankings
    • RAE
    • QAA
    • League tables
  • 9. Fees
    • Home and Overseas
    • Bursaries
    • Financial support
  • 10. Accommodation
    • On campus
    • Off campus
    • Advice (rental agreements; legal advice)
    • ‘ fantastic’ – ‘comfy bed’
  • 11. Location
    • Friendly environment
    • Proximity to Law Courts
    • Historic areas
  • 12. Facilities
    • Library
    • I.T.
    • Moot rooms
  • 13. Student services
    • Finance
    • Accommodation
    • International students
    • Careers
  • 14. Law programme
    • Modules
    • Assessments
    • Contact hours
  • 15. Teaching staff
    • Profiles
    • Professionally qualified; in practice
    • Experts
  • 16. Research
    • Staff
    • Postgraduate students
  • 17. Testimonials
    • Visual images
    • Short videos
  • 18. Employability
    • Browne Report:
    • Proportion of students in a full-time professional/managerial job one year after completing the course
  • 19.
    • Proportion of students in employment in the first year after completing the course
  • 20.
    • The average salary in the first year after completing the course
  • 21. Visual images/interactive websites
    • Photographs – campus; libraries;
    • Students
    • Interactive?
  • 22. Conclusions
    • Large amounts of material available
    • Material  fragmented – often lack of links from law pages to university/faculty pages
    • Navigation not always easy
    • Tension between providing information and marketing
    • Selection of material significant and not consistent across institutions
  • 23.
    • Limited interactivity though increasing reference to facebook, twitter etc
    • Generally more professional than when we looked in 2004
    • Also greater use of graphics, videos etc
    • Not always up to date