Book Review - Juris Types: Learning Law Through Self-Understanding

Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 58, p. 312, 2008

13 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2008 Last revised: 13 May 2014

Date Written: November 6, 2008

Abstract

This article reviews the new book by Martha Peters and Don Peters, Juris Types: Learning Law Through Self-Understanding (2007). The book proposes that legal pedagogy and student learning strategies be guided in part by Carl Jung's Psychological Type Theory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ("MBTI"). The MBTI is one of the most widely used personality tests in the world today, although the test has never been accepted in the academic community. This paper reviews the history of the development of the MBTI, and the empirical research on its validity and reliability, to explain why the test and its associated theory has been discredited. Law schools (and other organizations) would be wise not to adopt Jungian theory or the MBTI - pseudoscientific variants of the newspaper horoscope - to improve teaching, learning, interpersonal communication skills, or self-understanding, but for reasons well understood by psychologists, their appeal is difficult to resist.

Keywords: Legal education, teaching and learning, Jungian Theory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Suggested Citation

Redding, Richard E., Book Review - Juris Types: Learning Law Through Self-Understanding (November 6, 2008). Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 58, p. 312, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1296829

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