The Rules of Law in the Reform of Legal Education: Teaching the Legal Mind in Japanese Law Schools
Kansai University Review of Law and Politics, No. 25, pp. 63-79, March 2004
21 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2008 Last revised: 23 May 2015
Date Written: July 1, 2003
a. The Rule of Law is at the heart of the present legal reform.
b. There is an international consensus about basic elements of the Rule of Law.
c. Legal methods are central to the Rule of Law. But different legal methods are used to realize the Rule of Law.
d. Teaching legal methods, i.e., teaching to think like a lawyer, is at the heart of that which is professional in legal education.
e. The present legal reform invites Japanese law schools to teach legal methods.
Keywords: Rule of Law, Legal Methods, Legal Education, Legal Reasoning, Legal Mind, Thinking Like a Lawyer
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