The national regulatory system for the legal profession
20 February 2012
Picture: Dan Himbrechts Source: The Australian
The Dean, Professor Gillian Triggs warns that unless the planned national admission standards takes into account the globalisation of legal practice, attempts to open foreign legal markets might be impeded.
In an interview with The Australian, Professor Triggs says the current educational requirements for admission, based on subjects known as the "Priestley Eleven", had been administered by law deans in good faith, but with "a light hand".
This had ensured there was sufficient flexibility to take account of strong demand from national and international law firms for graduates who were trained for a rapidly globalising legal services market.
"I fear that at the moment, with the development of the national profession and admissions, there is perhaps not as clear an understanding of these changes as there needs to be."
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