Critical Thinking in Legal Education: Our Journey

23 Legal Educ. Rev. 345 2013

Posted: 3 Jul 2016 Last revised: 18 Aug 2016

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Gabrielle J. Appleby

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Peter D. Burdon

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Alex Reilly

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: June 30, 2016

Abstract

The authors map the history of important changes in Australian legal education over the past 20 years, with a focus on the influence of the profession on legal education. Using Thornton's account of contemporary law schools 'jettisoning the critical' in the quest for market success as a stepping off point, they put forward a vision of what a legal education with a rich focus on critical thinking might look like. Their writing is motivated by and describes particular experiences in a particular law school. They ask where spaces for critical pedagogy might be created and argue that even in the context of current constraints it is possible for legal academics to teach in ways that are consonant with their values and pedagogical philosophies. They then set out some of the ways they are seeking to undertake this project in the environments in which they teach, in both elective and compulsory courses.

Keywords: Legal education, critical thinking, critical pedagogy

Suggested Citation

Appleby, Gabrielle J. and Burdon, Peter D. and Reilly, Alexander, Critical Thinking in Legal Education: Our Journey (June 30, 2016). 23 Legal Educ. Rev. 345 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2802917

Gabrielle J. Appleby (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

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Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.unsw.edu.au/profile/gabrielle-appleby

Peter D. Burdon

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

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Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/peter.d.burdon

Alexander Reilly

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

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