Teaching 'Public Interest Vocationalism': Law as a Case Study

Educating professionals: Ethics and Judgement in Changing Learning Environment, pp. 135-150, University of Toronto, 2015) 135-150

9 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2016

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Richard Devlin

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law

Jocelyn Downie

Schulich School of Law & Faculty of Medicine

Date Written: March 5, 2015

Abstract

In this short essay, we present law as a case study of teaching professionalism in the public interest. Our hope is that the accountancy profession, as well as other professions (including law), will be prompted to reflect on the potential for the concept of public-interest vocationalism to at least inform, if not transform, education in their domains. The argument proceeds in three stages. In Part I, we set the context by identifying a number of profound challenges now facing Canadian legal education. In Part II, we introduce the concept of, and provide a justification for, public-interest vocationalism. In Part III, we provide a model of how legal education could be reformed in order to reflect, accommodate, and engender public-interest vocationalism.

Keywords: teaching, professionalism, vocationalism, public interest

Suggested Citation

Devlin, Richard and Downie, Jocelyn, Teaching 'Public Interest Vocationalism': Law as a Case Study (March 5, 2015). Educating professionals: Ethics and Judgement in Changing Learning Environment, pp. 135-150, University of Toronto, 2015) 135-150, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2719791

Richard Devlin

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Jocelyn Downie (Contact Author)

Schulich School of Law & Faculty of Medicine ( email )

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