The unitary idea of ‘the’ law school and other issues when defining ‘problems’ in legal education

Elaine Hall, Samantha Rasiah

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Abstract

This chapter considers the framing remarks made by one of the authors at the beginning of the ‘Pressing Problems in the Law School’ – 20 Years On, set against the empirical research undertaken by the other author with students and the insights generated by the seminar participants. It uses the ancient Law School of Berytus (Beirut) – ‘the Mother of Laws’ – as a device to separate enduring and contextual issues in Legal Education. We offer challenges – empirical and theoretical – to some of the ‘taken for granted’ aspects of curriculum design, student experience and outcomes for students of law, with the goal of creating discursive spaces, in which we can slow down our rush to make decisions about law schools that will have long-lasting effects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhat is Legal Education for?
Subtitle of host publicationReassessing the Purposes of Early Twenty-First Century Learning and Law Schools.
EditorsRachel Ann Dunn, Paul Maharg, Victoria Roper
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter1
Pages1-24
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781003322092
ISBN (Print)9781032100739
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2022

Publication series

NameEmerging Legal Education
PublisherRoutledge

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