Anneka Ferguson

Senior Lecturer and Director - GDLP & MLP
BA LLB (Hons)
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Biography

Anneka Ferguson’s research is designed to ensure that legal education ensures positive graduate outcomes both professionally and in terms of wellbeing and is placed at the nexus between theory, teaching and empirical evaluation.

Anneka has developed (in conjunction with Stephen Tang) a comprehensive action and empirical research framework to both evaluate whether ANU Law’s core Professional Legal Education course is creating practice ready, professional, ethical and well graduates to enter the legal profession; and provide an environment to trial novel practices based on sound theory. These are then rigorously tested to ensure that the practices were not useless or harmful.

Since 2012, Anneka and her colleagues have surveyed almost 2000 of ANU students at the beginning and end of the course, yielding one of the largest and most comprehensive datasets about legal education in Australia.

Recent data analysis has replicated the work of Lawrence Krieger and Kennon Sheldon demonstrating a positive correlation in our cohorts between the basic psychological needs of autonomy, relatedness and competence and the wellbeing and professionalism. Excitingly, unlike Krieger and Sheldon, ANU cohorts are not experiencing the depletion of these psychological needs, wellbeing and professionalism. As such this aspect of Anneka’s research provides an extremely rich ground for building on the project in order to provide substantiated guidance on how to develop “well” curriculums in legal education.

Appointments

  • Fellow for the Summer 2012 workshop of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism (NIFTEP)

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Recent news

15
Dec
2016
Anneka Ferguson, Director (GDLP/MLP ANU Legal Workshop) hiding out somewhere in the world.
Anneka’s research into the relationship between professional identity, ethics and wellbeing provides some guidance as to how to take a different 'unpathed' path in your career and be okay with that.
26
Aug
2015
Anneka Ferguson
Anneka Ferguson is the Sub-Dean for the Masters of Legal Practice and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the Australian National University Legal Workshop.
19
Dec
2012
ANU College of Law

Eight ANU College of Law staff members were awarded for their excellent contribution to teaching in 2012.

In the Media

29
Jun
2015
Anneka Ferguson writes in European Journal of Law and Technology

Past events

11
Oct
2017
International Students
6.30PM to 8.30PM Information session
  • Anneka Ferguson, Senior Lecturer

The purpose of the information session is to give current international students who are studying law, a better understanding of the different options and pathways that they can follow upon completion of their law degrees. Sometimes international...

08
Aug
2017
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1.00PM to 2.00PM Teaching and Learning Forum

Ideas and discussion, and how a Teaching Enhancement Grant might help.

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research biography

Anneka Ferguson’s research is designed to ensure that legal education ensures positive graduate outcomes both professionally and in terms of wellbeing and is placed at the nexus between theory, teaching and empirical evaluation.

Anneka has developed (in conjunction with Stephen Tang) a comprehensive action and empirical research framework to both evaluate whether ANU Law’s core Professional Legal Education course is creating practice ready, professional, ethical and well graduates to enter the legal profession; and provide an environment to trial novel practices based on sound theory. These are then rigorously tested to ensure that the practices were not useless or harmful.

Since 2012, Anneka and her colleagues have surveyed almost 2000 of ANU students at the beginning and end of the course, yielding one of the largest and most comprehensive datasets about legal education in Australia.

Recent data analysis has replicated the work of Lawrence Krieger and Kennon Sheldon demonstrating a positive correlation in our cohorts between the basic psychological needs of autonomy, relatedness and competence and the wellbeing and professionalism. Excitingly, unlike Krieger and Sheldon, ANU cohorts are not experiencing the depletion of these psychological needs, wellbeing and professionalism. As such this aspect of Anneka’s research provides an extremely rich ground for building on the project in order to provide substantiated guidance on how to develop “well” curriculums in legal education.

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