Kate Offer

Started at UWA: 1996

Exploring the evolution of technology in law

The world is changing so fast. We need to equip young people with different skills and different ways of thinking.Assistant Professor Kate Offer

Kate Offer is a legal academic and Senior Lecturer with UWA’s Law School. Her academic interests lie in the intersection of law and technology. Ms Offer is a UWA alumna and, after graduation, practised law for five years, three of which she spent doing defence work in the Children’s Court.

Highly commended for her teaching and a recipient of multiple awards, she found a passion for teaching law when she took on a casual role at UWA in 1996. Her current work includes developing the curriculum for a new elective unit, Adulting: Law for Everyday Lives. The unit will provide an introduction to the practical legal issues that can arise in a young person’s life.

In January 2017 she was appointed the inaugural Director of Disruption in the Law School, which facilitates the unit, Legal APPtitude. The unit allows student to work with not-for-profit organisations to build an app that solves a legal issue. As Director, she engages and leads in the law and technology space. Her role considers how technology is changing legal practice and how it can be used to teach more effectively, enabling graduates to be better prepared for the legal profession.

Ms Offer is also working on the Student Engagement Survey, an extensive empirical study which will seek to measure attendance across the units taught by the Law School and develop pedagogical strategies for enhancing student learning and engagement.

She is the co-author of Western Australian Evidence Law and recently co-authored the article ‘“You must be joking”: the role of humour in the law classroom’ in the international journal, The Law Teacher. This article was one of the 10 most downloaded articles of the journal in 2017.


  • BA, UWA
  • LLB, UWA
  • LLM, UWA

External positions:

  • Board Member, Teachers Registration Board
  • Chair, Teachers Registration Board Disciplinary Committees

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Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Federal Education Department’s Office of Teaching and Learning, 2015

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Joint winner of the International Association of Law Schools Faculty Innovation Award, 2015



UWA Law School Teaching-Research Nexus Grant

  • Legal APPtitude Pilot Program (Creating Legal Apps using Artificial Intelligence)
  • Kate Offer, Liam Elphick, Alex Cook


Centre for Education Futures Grant

  • Enhancing student learning and engagement in the Juris Doctor through the rich tapestry of legal storytelling
  • Natalie Skead, Tracey Atkins, Jill Howieson, Renae Barker, Meredith Blake, Ambelin Kwaymullina


Improving Student Learning Grant

  • Using Audio-Visual Resources to Enhance Student Learning in Evidence
  • Kate Offer


Teaching commendations

  • Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education Award Excellence in Teaching (Lecturer), 2018
  • UWA Student Guild Students’ Choice Award, 2016
  • Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Federal Education Department’s Office of Teaching and Learning, 2015
  • International Association of Law Schools Faculty Innovation Award (with Dr Natalie Skead), 2015
  • UWA Student Guild Students’ Choice Award, 2015
  • UWA Excellence in Teaching Award (Contribution to Student Learning), 2015
  • UWA Student Guild Inaugural Students’ Choice Award, 2014
  • LexisNexis ALTA Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Law (Highly Commended), 2013
  • UWA Combined Faculty Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning Award, 2012
  • Blackstone Society Law Teacher of the Year, 2012
  • UWA Combined Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011

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