The Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC) Conference 2018 – “Sunshine or Storm Clouds on the Horizon in Practical Legal Training?”

A three-day Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC) conference entitled “Sunshine or Storm Clouds on the Horizon in Practical Legal Training?” was co-organised by APLEC and the School of Law of the City University of Hong Kong (SLW), a member of APLEC, between 6-8 December 2018. More than 60 educators, researchers and scholars in the field of Partical Legal Traning (PLT) from various jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Canada participated in this event.

The APLEC Conference focused on the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL)/practical legal training (PLT) and related issues. In particular, it provided an opportunity for those teaching in the School of Law to present papers on their experiences teaching PLT, or in other related skills areas, to reflect more deeply on their teaching practices, and to network with, and listen to the papers delivered by, experienced educators and leading scholars in the area of PLT.

Some of the very important themes emenating from the conference were the need to promote psychological resilence in an ever increasingly stressful profession, the challenge of identifying future technological changes in practice and how best to augment them in the delivery of PLT as well as the value of creating a strong body of scholarship around PLT.

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