The Law Associate Deans' Network was established in 2010. In September 2013 it was renamed the Legal Education Associate Deans Network (LEAD). It is comprised of the Associate Deans (Teaching and Learning) (or equivalent) of Australian Law Schools. The purpose of LEAD is to promote collaborative approaches to teaching and learning in Australian legal education. The Network intends to lead, encourage and document good practice in learning and teaching in the discipline of law and to create processes and strategies to sustain the network as a sub-Committee of the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD). It previously received funding from the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT), and now receives assistance from CALD.

For discussion about the rationale for the Network see the article by Project Lead Kate Galloway 'Networking supports legal education', Campus Review (May 2012).

Are You NEW to the role of Law School ADE or Director Learning & Teaching? To help you in the right direction, Network members have put together a useful CHECKLIST of introductory items that you may consider in your new role. Click here for the checklist page.

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About Us

The Network comprises Associate Deans' (Teaching and Learning) of Australian Law Schools
Read about the Network

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Good Practice Guides

The Network has produced nine GPG's to assist law teachers. View Guides

Wellness Network for Law (Australia)

Australian and American research indicates that for many law students, symptoms of psychological distress begin early in law school and continue throughout their study of law and into their working lives.

The Wellness Network for Law is a community of legal academics, practitioners and students who are committed to: first, addressing the high levels of psychological distress experienced in law; and second, promoting wellness at law school, in the legal academy, and in the profession.

Good Practice Guides

A key goal of the Law AD Network has been the production and distribution of a series of Good Practices Guides (GPG's) designed to highlight good practices in legal education, particularly as they relate to the Law Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLO's).

On July 2015 the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) adopted a revised GPG on teaching Statutory Interpretation which can be accessed by clicking HERE. The GPG produced by LEAD currently remains on the LEAD GPG resource webpage and remains of relevance when thinking about how teaching statutory interpretation can be aligned with the TLO's.

Smart Casual Project

The LEAD website hosts the professional development resources created by the Smart Casual Project. In addition to background information on the Project, the interactive modules on teacher education and practice produced by the Project are available through the left hand tab menu on the LEAD Resources page by clicking the logo above and by clicking here.

You can find further information about the Project at their new website at smartlawteacher.org or by clicking here.

Links to various sites relevant to law teaching, including links to the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD), State admission bodies, Government departments and Policy documents.