The Practical Knowledge Conundrum: What Practical Knowledge Should Be Included in a Law School Curriculum and How Can it Be Taught?

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2014-18

New Zealand Universities Law Review Vol. 25 p 980-1022

44 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2014

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Anne Hewitt

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Kellie Toole

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: June 3, 2014

Abstract

This article draws on curriculum design and teaching experience in one law school that is endeavouring to equip students with both technical and practical knowledge. Its aim is to contribute in a concrete way to the debate about what practical knowledge to include in a legal curriculum and how to teach practical knowledge in law schools. Part II addresses why law schools should think seriously about how and why they incorporate practical knowledge into their curricula. Part III considers guiding principles that may assist in deciding what practical knowledge to teach, and Part IV considers a teaching methodology that can be employed to develop practical knowledge. Part V reflects on how to create an effective situational learning methodology, with reference to the model used at Adelaide Law School, and Part VI will engage in a critique of that methodology.

Keywords: teaching law, practical knowledge, curriculum, Adelaide Law School

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Hewitt, Anne and Toole, Kellie, The Practical Knowledge Conundrum: What Practical Knowledge Should Be Included in a Law School Curriculum and How Can it Be Taught? (June 3, 2014). U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2014-18, New Zealand Universities Law Review Vol. 25 p 980-1022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2445283

Anne Hewitt (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

Kellie Toole

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

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