Ten Reasons Why Scholarship of
Teaching and Learning Matters in
Practical Legal Training
Australian Lawyer + PhD Candidate
‘Teaching makes learning possible’
Scholarship of teaching and
learning (“SoTL”) shows how
‘learning is made possible’
Raises ‘the status of teaching’
(Trigwell & Shale 2004)
Professionalism – PLT
practitioners’ sense of
professionalism and responsibility
– as both lawyer and educator.
Pragmatism – recognise SoTL
informs teaching and learning
work in ways ‘transparent’ to
external scrutiny, and informs
Policy – recognise ‘national, state
and local policy’, policies of legal
regulators, admission boards, and
higher ed regulators. Earn a seat at
the policy-making table.
Legislative intent of mandatory PLT:
improve protection of clients,
improve administration of justice,
assure quality legal services.
Legal Profession Acts
Learning about how teaching and
learning works, using that
knowledge, helps us do PLT
“better”. Rewards our efforts as PLT
Mick Healey, ‘Developing the scholarship of teaching in higher education: a
discipline-based approach’ (2000) 19(2) Higher Education Research and Development
169 (italics added) 70-71.
Keith Trigwell and Suzanne Shale, ‘Student learning and the scholarship of
university teaching’ (2004) 29(4) Studies in Higher Education 523.
Lee S Shulman, ‘From Minsk to Pinsk: Why a scholarship of teaching and
learning’ (2000) 1(1) Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 48.