'How Can We Give Up Our Child?' A Practice-Based Approach to Teaching Legal Ethics
Law Teacher, Vol. 42, p. 312, 2008
18 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2009 Last revised: 13 Dec 2012
Date Written: 2008
This article builds upon the work of the philosopher Alasdair McIntyre to suggest that a practice-based approach is not only a valid method for teaching values but indeed essential. Such an approach is also urged by the recent critique of American legal education published by the Carnegie Foundation and validated by extensive social science research on moral development. The Four Component Model of moral behavior developed by James Rest and applied to professional education by Muriel Bebeau is then applied to an example taken from the author’s law school course on professional responsibility, in which he uses written and audiovisual documentary materials in combination with simulation exercises, drawing from the well-known “Baby Jessica” adoption case. The article was an invited contribution to a special issue on the Values of Common Law Education of the Law Teacher: the International Journal of Legal Education, which is the official journal of the Association of Law Teachers (United Kingdom).
Keywords: legal ethics, pedagogy, teaching, legal education, Carnegie Foundation, Carnegie Report, Alasdair McIntyre, Four Component Model
JEL Classification: I29, K00, K30, K39
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