Using technology to increase support for rural and regional legal professionals

Kennedy, Amanda and Winn, Stephen (2011) Using technology to increase support for rural and regional legal professionals. Deakin Law Review, 16 (1). pp. 209-223. ISSN 1321-3660


An examination of available continuing professional education (CPE) opportunities for legal practitioners in rural and regional Australia illustrates that more can be done to ensure that practitioners receive a high quality and synchronous program that can be sustained and that is adequate to fulfil the ongoing needs of rural and regional practitioners. The provision of CPE is focused principally upon the delivery of professional knowledge relevant to legal practice. However, there is limited evidence of highly developed systems that draw on sophisticated educational pedagogy and synchronous interactive technology to deliver professional content. The use of synchronous interactive technologies which provide for a deeper, peer-to-peer interaction are not currently in widespread use. Moreover, there is currently minimal support for the broader issues of the management of rural and regional practice, the specific family or health and welfare issues of rural and regional legal professionals, and the particular problems confronting rural and regional professionals living in small communities where complementary services are lacking. This paper explores the potential to significantly increase support for rural and regional legal professionals in ways that address the above issues.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2011 Deakin University. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Paper originally presented at: 1st National Rural Regional Law and Justice Conference 2010. Held at Warrnambool 19-21 Nov 2010
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2014 02:41
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2017 01:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: continuing education; skills maintenance; solicitors; barristers; legal profession; rural centres
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4606 Distributed computing and systems software > 460608 Mobile computing
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390301 Continuing and community education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940502 Professions and Professionalisation
B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890106 Videoconference Services

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