Trying to do the right thing: experiential learning, e-learning and employability skills in modern legal education


  • Craig John Newbery-Jones Plymouth University Law School


This article draws upon the author’s own experience of acting as e-learning and digital resource coordinator at the University of Exeter Law School in order to provide an evaluative approach to the research that has been undertaken. This research examines both the theoretical literature alongside the author’s own experiential reflection to conclude upon the existing interrogations of legal education in the post-LETR environment. As e-learning and digital resource coordinator, the author was personally responsible for the design, development, implementation and management of a number of innovative educational projects and these will form the basis of this article.


Keywords:     legal education; technology; experiential learning; e-learning; employability; reflection 

Author Biography

Craig John Newbery-Jones, Plymouth University Law School

Craig John Newbery-Jones ([email protected] & @CJNewberyJones) is a Lecturer in Law at Plymouth University Law School and is a Part-time PhD Researcher at the University of Exeter Law School. His PhD thesis is examining how a detailed public image of the bar was constructed in the nineteenth century through an examination and analysis of the representation of the bar in the mainstream and popular press of the period. While lecturing at the University of Exeter Law School, Craig acted as the schools e-learning and digital resource co-ordinator and was responsible for incorporating numerous projects and initiatives into the undergraduate curriculum. He is currently undertaking a similar role at Plymouth University Law School and is examining how experiential learning and skills-based legal education can be embedded into the legal curriculum.