Staff profile - Patricia Perlen

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Miss Patricia Perlen

Position: Associate Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business & Law
Department: Law
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446058 +61 3 92446058



Patricia is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Law at Deakin University where she teaches MLL110 Legal Principles and Skills. Patricia was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2007 and has worked in the public, private and community sector. Patricia is currently completing her PhD in Higher Education Research, Evaluation and Enhancement at Lancaster University, United Kingdom


  • Bachelor of Commerce, Deakin University, 2007
  • Bachelor of Law(s) (Honours), Deakin University, 2007
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Leo Cussen Institute, 2007
  • Master of International Politics, University of Melbourne, 2010
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2012


Associate Member, Center for Higher Education, Research and Evaluation, Lancaster University, UK. 


Teaching Interests

First Year in Higher Education

Practical Legal Skills

Subjects and units currently teaching

MLL110 Legal Principles and Skills (Trimester 1 and Trimester 2)

Conferences and seminars

Perlen, Patricia, 2013, Virtual Learning Spaces in Higher Education ­ Using Technology to Create a Cloud Campus in MLL110, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. 

Perlen, Patricia, 2013, Using CloudDeakin to be an effective virtual teacher in MLL110 Legal Principles and Skills, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Perlen, Patricia and Wood, Helen, 2012, Designing a cloud-based information hub to improve research and digital literacy skills in first year law students, Deakin University Teaching and Learning Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Perlen, Patricia, 2011, Using Law as a Tool to shape Public Health and Food Policy’, Public Health Association of Australia Food Futures Conference, Hobart, Australia.

Macken, Claire and Perlen, Patricia, 2011, Active and Transferable Teaching Approaches for Student Engagement eg. FYHE ‘Speed Dating!, First Year in Higher Education Conference, Fremantle, Australia. 


Awards and prizes

Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence (2014)

Faculty of Business and Law (Deakin University) Award for Effectiveness, Excellent and Exemplary Practice in Teaching and Learning (2014)

Award for Teaching Excellence, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University (2013) 

LexisNexis-ALTA Award Winner - Early Career Law Teacher Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Teaching of Law (2012)

Advocacy Award for outstanding performance in the Advocacy Program, Leo Cussen Institute (2007)

Victorian Society for Computers and the Law Prize for the best student in Law and the Internet at Deakin University (2006)

Butterworths Subject Prize for the best student in Chinese Commercial Law at Deakin University (2005)

Pearson Education Australia Prize for outstanding achievement in the subject of Business Communication at Deakin University (2004)


Research interests

Regulation in Higher Education

Enhancement and Evaluation in Higher Education

Online Learning 

First Year in Higher Education



Hayward, Benjamin and Perlen, Patricia 2011, The CISG in Australia : the jigsaw puzzle that doesn't quite fit, Vindobona journal of international commercial law and arbitration, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 119-156.

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