Download this Paper Open PDF in Browser

Counting Outsiders: A Critical Exploration of Outsider Course Enrollment in Canadian Legal Education

Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol. 45, No. 4, pp. 667-732, 2007

66 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2008  

Natasha Bakht

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Kim Brooks

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law

Gillian Calder

University of Victoria - Faculty of Law

Jennifer Koshan

University of Calgary - Faculty of Law

Sonia Lawrence

Osgoode Hall Law School

Carissima Mathen

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Debra L. Parkes

University of Manitoba - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

In response to anecdotal concerns that student enrollment in "outsider" courses, and in particular feminist courses, is on the decline in Canadian law schools, the authors explore patterns of course enrollment at seven Canadian law schools. Articulating a definition of "outsider" that describes those who are members of groups historically lacking power in society, or traditionally outside the realms of fashioning, teaching, and adjudicating the law, the authors document the results of quantitative and qualitative surveys conducted at their respective schools to argue that outsider pedagogy remains a critical component of legal education. The article situates the numerical survey results against both a critical review of the literature on outsider legal pedagogy and detailed explanations of student decision-making in elective courses drawn from student survey responses. Notwithstanding the diversity of the faculties surveyed, the authors conclude the article by highlighting some of the shared and significant findings of the research, paying attention to various identity-based, institutional, and external factors influencing critical course engagement in Canadian law schools today.

Keywords: feminist, critical race theory, outsider, pedagogy, legal education

Suggested Citation

Bakht, Natasha and Brooks, Kim and Calder, Gillian and Koshan, Jennifer and Lawrence, Sonia and Mathen, Carissima and Parkes, Debra L., Counting Outsiders: A Critical Exploration of Outsider Course Enrollment in Canadian Legal Education (2007). Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol. 45, No. 4, pp. 667-732, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1121163

Natasha Bakht

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Kimberley Brooks (Contact Author)

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law ( email )

6061 University Ave
Weldon Law Building
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H4H9
Canada

Gillian Calder

University of Victoria - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 1700, STN CSC
McGill at Ring Rds (Fraser Bldg)
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2Y2
Canada

Jennifer Koshan

University of Calgary - Faculty of Law ( email )

Murray Fraser Hall
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Canada

Sonia Lawrence

Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

Carissima Mathen

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Debra L. Parkes

University of Manitoba - Faculty of Law ( email )

Winnipeg R3T 5V4, Manitoba
Canada

Paper statistics

Downloads
216
Rank
119,206
Abstract Views
2,625