Is the Blush Off the Rose? Legal Education Metaphors in a Changing World

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Michelle LeBaron

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 2016

Abstract

Seismic shifts in legal practice associated with globalization, rapid technological and economic change, and shifting client expectations have yet to spur concomitant changes in legal education. While governing bodies and scholars study trends, pressures, and shrinking markets, legal educators in many countries have resisted effective curricular, pedagogical, and programmatic changes. Positing metaphors as powerful cues about the effectiveness of reform efforts, I use examples from conflict analysis to illustrate how so‐called ‘unmarked’ metaphors are often more powerful than marked ones. Exploring metaphors used by scholars and professional bodies in advocating reform, I scan linkages between proposed metaphors and change, highlighting metaphors in the American Carnegie report as particularly generative. While crisis metaphors have increased in use, they do not seem to have stimulated significant changes. I suggest this may be because of powerful unmarked metaphors. The article concludes with recommendations on discursive and dialogic ways of guiding legal education reform.

Suggested Citation

LeBaron, Michelle, Is the Blush Off the Rose? Legal Education Metaphors in a Changing World (March 2016). Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 43, Issue 1, pp. 144-165, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2727521 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2016.00745.x

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