Understanding the Power of Law: Engaging Students in Criminal Law Casework
(2015) 24 Legal Education Review 29-44
Posted: 23 Jul 2015
Date Written: March 17, 2015
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
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