Simulated Clients: A workshop on interdisciplinary learning and teaching in legal education

Date & time

10am–4pm Wednesday 16 August 2017


The Drawing Room

University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, The Australian National University


Professor Paul Maharg, York University, Toronto
Professor Debra Nestel, Monash Medical School
Julienne Jen, The University of Hong Kong
Lucy Evans, Flinders University Law School


For interstate visitors, we offer suggestions for accommodation near ANU.


Nicole Harman
02 6125 0454

Presented by Profession, Education & Regulation in Law (PEARL)


The use of simulated clients in legal education derives from medical education’s simulated patients (SPs), where lay people (ie persons not medically trained) are trained to do three things well: first, simulate specific medical conditions, second, assess the patient-facing skills of communication and physical examination, third, to give feedback on those skills to learners. SPs can be used for formative assessment or summative, high-stakes assessment. They can also be used in what are called OSCEs, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, alongside assessments of knowledge, skills and values. The power of the heuristic is both quite simple and quite revolutionary. The role of academics is transformed. Indeed the method challenges many aspects of our current practices and attitudes in legal education

This workshop will give you the opportunity to hear about the work of the Simulated Client Initiative (SCI), its global setting, and examples of SCs in use in a range of programmes. You will learn how to set up a SC project in your institution, how SCs interact with students and novice lawyers and, more widely, how SCs can be used for continuous professional development across a range of disciplines and professions.

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