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Why do we need Indigenous cultural competency in legal education?

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Apart from the need to ensure that legal services meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, there is considerable evidence that shows Indigenous law students have much lower retention and completion rates than their non-Indigenous peers. Universities Australia reports that for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students commencing studies in 2006 only 47.3% had completed their degrees by 2014, compared to 73.9% of non-Indigenous students[1]. Within Bachelor of Law programs, Indigenous student completion rates are alarmingly low. Data from the Department of Education and Training showing that between 2003 and 2012 the completion rate for Indigenous students in law was only 26.53%.While the factors contributing to low Indigenous completion rates in higher education are complex and varied, there is an evident need to develop strategies to support Indigenous law student success, including improving the cultural competency of staff and students. This is just one step towards creating inclusive learning environments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
[1] Universities Australia, Indigenous Strategy 2017-2020, 25.

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