Learning the 'How' of the Law: Teaching Procedure and Legal Education

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David Bamford

Flinders University - School of Law

Trevor C. W. Farrow

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Michael M. Karayanni

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law

Erik S. Knutsen

Queen's University Faculty of Law

Shirley Shipman

Oxford Brookes University

Elizabeth G. Thornburg

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: September 11, 2014

Abstract

This article examines the approaches to teaching civil procedure in five common law jurisdictions (Canada, Australia, United States, Israel, and England). The paper demonstrates the important transition of civil procedure from a vocational oriented subject to a rigorous intellectual study of policies, processes, and values underpinning our civil justice system, and analysis of how that system operates. The advantages and disadvantages of where civil procedure fits within the curriculum are discussed and the significant opportunities for ‘active’ learning are highlighted. The inclusion of England where civil procedure is not taught to any significant degree in the law degree provides a valuable comparator. Common findings from the other jurisdictions suggest that teaching civil procedure enhances the curriculum by bringing it closer to what lawyers actually do as well as enabling a better understanding of the development of doctrinal law.

Keywords: procedure, legal education, civil procedure, law teaching, Canada, Australia, United States, Israel, England

Suggested Citation

Bamford, David and Farrow, Trevor C. W. and Karayanni, Michael M. and Knutsen, Erik S. and Shipman, Shirley and Thornburg, Elizabeth G., Learning the 'How' of the Law: Teaching Procedure and Legal Education (September 11, 2014). Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 51(1), 45-91, Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 82/2014, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Legal Research Paper No. 15-24, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2495033

David Bamford (Contact Author)

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Shirley Shipman

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Elizabeth G. Thornburg

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

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