qLegal as a case study in the newly published book, Modernising Legal Education
This new book brings together artciles challenging traditional methods of teaching law
Modernising Legal Education (Cambridge University Press), edited by Catrina Denvir, is a collection of articles challenging traditional methods of teaching law. Recognising that technology, changing demographics, deregulation of the market and globalisation are affecting how legal services are delivered, the task for legal educators is to ensure they are equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to flourish in the changing world of professional practice. Universities are widening their curricula and introducing new teaching and learning models to make learning an active process in which students are fully engaged.
qLegal is central to Queen Mary’s commitment to playing its part in developing the next generation of lawyers. The entrepreneurship law clinic provides experiential learning to law students as they work on real client cases, alongside experienced external practitioners. How and why qLegal has been doing this are set out in the chapter Skills Swap? Advising Technology Entrepreneurs in a Student Clinical Legal Education Programme written by the Director of CCLS, Professor Ian Walden and Patrick Cahill, former qLegal Director.
Feedback from students indicates they respond well to practical problem-solving and the ability to develop professional skills. qLegal gives context to their academic study and helps bridge the gaps between theory and practice, and academia to life beyond university. The introduction of new programmes such as Design the Law and Future Clients, enables qLegal to further its mission to help change the way that law is practised, for the benefit of everyone.