Journal article

Identifying students likely to benefit from language support in first-year Law

Wendy Larcombe, Ian Malkin

HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

As writing skills have a significant impact on a Law student's ability to successfully complete assessment tasks, it is important to identify early, and refer to appropriate programs, students likely to benefit from language and writing skills support. This article describes in-class exercises developed in the Law School at the University of Melbourne to identify students with writing 'difficulties'. Analysis of students' first semester results confirmed that the exercises were effective in identifying a group of students who may underachieve. Importantly, in both 2005 and 2006 almost half the first-year Law students referred to support through the exercises were domestic students. Thus, we ..

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