Legal education is facing uncertainty and pressures for change on multiple fronts. We can either see this as a burden, or as a unique opportunity to actively embrace change, re-thinking our fundamental premises and questioning received wisdom and mental models or conceptualisations about ‘the way we do things round here’, moving towards sustainable education. The paper discusses (i) re-conceptualising law schools as ‘learning organisations’, including learning to constantly scrutinize and interrogate our mental models; and (ii) adapting conventional notions of leadership to incorporate distributed leadership, marrying this with ideas from the literature on change management relating to leading secondary school reform. It then addresses the sustainability of change, drawing on principles from environmental law to suggest how innovation in legal education can be embedded and maintained over time in an organic and dynamic process of renewal. Finally, it demonstrates the possibilities inherent in adopting a whole-of-school shared model of leadership, and the capacity of students to act as leaders and change agents for sustainable education. It describes a student/ staff collaboration to design and implement a structured peer tutoring and informal mentoring program in Law at an Australian university, as an example of a student-initiated program that promotes sustainability of learning, learners, and the learning institution, blurring the boundaries between learning and teaching, and learners and teachers.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of Australia and New Zealan d Education Law Association Annual Conference|
|Subtitle of host publication||safe, successful and sustainable education - is the law a sword or a shield?|
|Place of Publication||Hobart|
|Publisher||Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||Australia & New Zealan d Education Law Association Annual Conference (22nd : 2013) - Hobart|
Duration: 2 Oct 2013 → 4 Oct 2013
|Conference||Australia & New Zealan d Education Law Association Annual Conference (22nd : 2013)|
|Period||2/10/13 → 4/10/13|
Watson, P. (2013). Achieving sustainable change in (legal) education: a whole of school approach. In Proceedings of Australia and New Zealan d Education Law Association Annual Conference: safe, successful and sustainable education - is the law a sword or a shield? (pp. 57-68). Hobart: Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association.