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Prof Nick James  

LLM, PhD, BCom, LLB (Hons),

Prof Nick James
Executive Dean
Faculty of Law
Bond University QLD 4229

Executive Dean

Faculty of Law

Office Telephone Number
Within Australia:
From overseas:

7 559 52047
+61 7 559 52047
Building Level: 4
Building: 4. Faculty of Law
Location: Bond University
Professional Biography
Professor Nick James is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law at Bond University. He is a former commercial lawyer, and has been practising as an academic since 1996. His areas of teaching expertise include business and commercial law, law in society and legal theory, company law, the law of succession and property law. He has won numerous awards for his teaching including a National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, and he is the author of three textbooks - Business Law, Critical Legal Thinking and The New Lawyer. He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters and conference papers in the areas of legal education, critical thinking and critical legal theory. Professor James is the Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Education, Editor-in-Chief of the Legal Education Review and a member of the Executive Committee of the Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA).
Master of Laws - Queensland University of Technology
Doctor of Philosophy - Queensland University of Technology
Bachelor of Commerce - University of Queensland
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) - University of Queensland
Professional admission & memberships

Admitted as Solicitor (Queensland)

Member and Secretary of UQ Law Graduates Association

Member of Queensland Law Society Business Law Specialist Accreditation Committee

Member of Legal Education Review Editorial Board

Member and Vice-President of Queensland Lawyers' Reform Association

Member and Vice-Chair of Brisbane Boarders Limited

Member of Australian Law Teachers Association

Other professional appointments

Editor-in-Chief - Legal Education Review

Teaching expertise
Nick's areas of teaching expertise include business law, corporations law, law and society, property law, succession and jurisprudence.
Subject list

LAWS10-100 Business Law

LAWS11-110 Australian Legal System

LAWS71-100 Business Law

Teaching awards

2007 Carrick Citiation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Research interests & research expertise

Nick's research interests include legal education, legal reasoning and critical thinking, and legal theory.

Recent research grants

Academic Resistance to Teaching and Learning Reform, TEDI Teaching Fellowship

The development of critical legal skills by Law students through innovative approaches to teaching and assessment, University of Queensland Teaching & learning Strategic Grants Scheme

Stakeholder Training: Elder Law and Consumer Credit Law, Legal Practitioner Interest on Trust Accounts Fund

Nickolas J James
(Link to personal researcher page)

Recent Publications
  • Business Law (3rd ed.)
  • Business Law (2nd ed.)
  • Embedding graduate attributes within subjects: Critical thinking
  • Critical Legal Thinking (2nd ed.)
  • Opting for ontological terrorism: Freedom and control in Grant Morrison's 'The Invisibles'
  • The good law teacher: The propagation of pedagogicalism in Australian legal education
  • Power-knowledge in Australian legal education: Corporatism's reign
  • Expertise as privilege: Australian legal education and the persistent emphasis upon doctrine
  • More than merely work-ready: Vocationalism versus professionalism in legal education
  • Dealing with resistance to change by legal academics