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The 'Echo-Chamber Effect' in Legal Education: Considering Family Law Casebooks


Lynne Marie Kohm


Regent University - School of Law

Lynn D. Wardle


Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School

January 15, 2013

6 St. Thomas J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 104 (2011)

Abstract:     
This essay briefly reviews the classical liberal understanding of the importance of the clash of ideas in the search for truth, and the significance of intellectual diversity in the legal academy. It then examines how these ideals have eroded in law education on abortion. It discusses data from a reivew of six popular family law casebooks that suggest there is a profound "echo-chamber" in law school teaching about abortion issues in family law. It concludes with some ideas about how the echo effect can be avoided and remedied in law schools, particularly in the context of addressing abortion issues and other controversial topics in teaching family law.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: family law, abortion, legal education, casebook

JEL Classification: K10, J18

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Date posted: January 15, 2013  

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Kohm, Lynne Marie and Wardle, Lynn D., The 'Echo-Chamber Effect' in Legal Education: Considering Family Law Casebooks (January 15, 2013). 6 St. Thomas J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 104 (2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2201231

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Lynne Marie Kohm (Contact Author)
Regent University - School of Law ( email )
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.regent.edu/kohm
Lynn D. Wardle
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School ( email )
518 JRCB
Provo, UT 84602
United States
801-422-2617 (Phone)
801-422-0391 (Fax)
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