Understanding the Power of Law: Engaging Students in Criminal Law Casework

Posted: 23 Jul 2015

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Heather Douglas

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law

Monica Taylor

University of Queensland - UQ Pro Bono Centre

Date Written: March 17, 2015

Abstract

In recent years there has been intense focus on the law student experience, particularly in relation to first year law students and their transition from high school to university. Both in Australia and overseas, a number of empirical studies have been conducted into law students' perceptions of the law and lawyering, and their values and career aspirations. In many studies of clinical legal programs there has been a focus on developing ethical lawyering practices and on conceptions of social justice. Together these studies, at least indirectly, reveal much about students' understanding of law and power. In this paper the authors draw on the experience of running a criminal law clinic to consider how students engage with the concept of power in the study of law.

Keywords: Criminal law, Study and teaching, Law students, Professional ethics

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Douglas, Heather and Taylor, Monica, Understanding the Power of Law: Engaging Students in Criminal Law Casework (March 17, 2015). (2015) 24 Legal Education Review 29-44; University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2634371

Heather Douglas

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Monica Taylor (Contact Author)

University of Queensland - UQ Pro Bono Centre ( email )

Forgan Smith Building, Level 1
St Lucia Campus
Brisbane, QLD 4072
Australia

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