A review of the legal profession has revealed that the Government is failing to keep up with the changing legal landscape, and that there are still more than 20,000 lawyers in the country.
The Government is spending billions on legal training for young lawyers and the law, but many of those graduates are finding themselves in the middle of a system that is being stretched to the breaking point.
Legal education and training has been an important part of Australia’s post-war settlement and is seen as a critical way of ensuring the country maintains its standing in international law.
But the Government’s approach to the legal professions has been to lock them up to a single system, which is a failure of governance and a failure to deliver the benefits that this profession has received over the years.
Key points: Government’s lawyers, teachers and regulators face a crisis as a result of the collapse of the old legal professionThe Government is funding lawyers to stay on the jobThe Law Society of Australia (LSA) is calling for reform of the system to keep young lawyers in Australia Legal reform is vital in a world of fast-changing technology and a new legal landscape.
But that is exactly what the Law Society has called for since the collapse in the legal sector in the 1990s.
“There are still so many lawyers in this country,” LSA president Andrew Gee said.
What the Law Soc says: Law Society says new legal education and reform needed “to be well-planned and coordinated across the country” and ensure young lawyers had “adequate skills and professional knowledge to be able to continue in the workforce”. “
The Government has to realise that, as a whole, they need to be better prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.”
What the Law Soc says: Law Society says new legal education and reform needed “to be well-planned and coordinated across the country” and ensure young lawyers had “adequate skills and professional knowledge to be able to continue in the workforce”.
The LSA said that there needed to be a plan to ensure the legal education system was up to the task.
“A better understanding of the different areas of law, and the skills and knowledge required to be an effective and professional lawyer, is vital to the continued success of the profession,” the LSA statement said.
The LSE’s chief executive, Mark Brown, said the LSC’s research found there was a “profound need” for reform, adding that the profession was “in urgent need of fundamental reform”.
The law society is calling on the Government to consider funding the Law School Reform Fund to create “a robust and consistent” education model for law graduates.
It also said the Law Commission should consider the impact of legal education on the economy, noting there were many graduates without legal education that would need to have it if the law was to be made safe for the public.
The Law Commission is yet to comment.
The Government said it was investing $500 million in the Law Council, which will be able “to deliver an education that reflects the evolving skills and skills requirements of the workforce in the future”.
The Government said the funding would be used to “develop a new model for education, including the provision of an online legal education toolkit”.
“The Law Council is already a leader in delivering an education system that supports students to become better lawyers, and will continue to be so,” the statement said, without giving a timetable for the new system.