Diversity and Inclusion in Law School and Higher Education

Interaction and Diversity in the Australian Law Classroom

Mark Israel, University of Western Australia Law School; Flinders University
Natalie Skead, University of Western Australia Law School
Mary Heath, Flinders University
Anne Hewitt, Adelaide Law School
Kate Galloway, James Cook University
Alex Steel, University of New South Wales


Recognition of increased diversity within Australian legal education means law teachers have to respond to a broader variety of student needs, both at a macro level in admissions and curriculum planning and at a micro level through learning and teaching. Australian law schools have spent the last decade addressing the macro level rather than exploring the needs of the micro. This paper draws on Goffman’s ideas of how people engage in a ‘quiet sorting’ of others according to various attributes to outline strategies for creating and maintaining learning spaces that welcome and engage with diversity.