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Distinguished Professor of Practice - Legal Education, Osgoode Law School, York University, Toronto


Professor Paul Maharg has a degree in English Literature & Language (Glasgow University, '74-'78, MA Hons class I), doctorate from Edinburgh University (late nineteenth century literature, philosophy, aesthetics, '78-'81), PGCE (Jordanhill College of Education) which he took concurrently with a Diploma in Education at Glasgow University ('81-'82). He taught for eight years in adult and university education, before graduating in Law at Glasgow University ('90-'92, LLB). Since then he has taught in Glasgow Caledonian University, and from Jan 1999 – Jan 2010 in the Law School at Strathclyde University. He is now Professor of Legal Education at Northumbria Law School in Northumbria University.

In the GGSL he was co-Director, with Professor Leo Martin, of Legal Practice Courses (Diploma in Legal Practice, and Professional Competence Course) and part of the induction team in the Law School. He was primarily involved in the design and implementation of professional educational projects. These include curriculum strategy across the modules and subjects, and development of skills- and ICT-based teaching and learning in the Diploma and PCC, including the development of an online virtual community, multimedia and webcast virtual learning environments.

At Northumbria he will be continuing and extending this interest in curriculum design and implementation. He will also work on Research Methods, developing SIMPLE (SIMulated Professional Learning Environment) and a local Standardised Client project, based upon the work carried out on this by Karen Barton and Paul, in association with Clark Cunningham and Greg Jones at Georgia State University College of Law.

Paul has published in the fields of legal education (particularly curriculum design and ICT), legal critique, law and literature (especially nineteenth century Scots law and literature) and the legal profession. In 1996/97 he was Director of the Trading Standards Research Group, which undertook research into the professional education of Trading Standards Officers throughout the UK. In 2001 he undertook research on behalf of the Law Society into the Professional Competence Course. He is currently engaged in international legal educational projects with the KODOS Group (Netherlands), the UK Centre for Legal Education, College of Law, and Georgia State University’s School of Law. He was director of the SIMPLE project (SIMulated Professional Learning Environment), a £204,500 project funded by UKCLE, JISC, and BILETA, and with Karen Barton and international partners has founded the Standardized Client Initiative. He is currently involved in the Open Education Resources project, simSHARE, funded by JISC and HEA.

Paul has been an external examiner for the Robert Gordon University BA Law & Management degree, 1998-2001, an external to the LLM/MSc in Law and New Technologies: AI, Risk & the Law at Edinburgh University, and is currently an external at Glasgow Caledonian University Law dept and the Law School, University of Ulster. He is a member of EARLI (European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction); and was consultant to a number of education projects, including a report commissioned by the Scottish Executive on diversity in legal education, and a government-funded project, RechtenOnline, in the Netherlands. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal for Information, Law & Technology (JILT) and the International Review of Law, Computers & Technology. Recently Chair of BILETA. Until recently he was a member of a number of committees within the Law Society of Scotland (Diploma Co-ordinating Committee; Professional Competence Course Accreditation Panel; Education &Training Committee, Diploma Working Party).


rhetoric, legal education, curriculum design, technology-enhanced learning, professional learning, law and literature.