The Practical Knowledge Conundrum: What Practical Knowledge Should Be Included in a Law School Curriculum and How Can it Be Taught?
New Zealand Universities Law Review Vol. 25 p 980-1022
44 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2014
Date Written: June 3, 2014
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
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