Why Prescriptive Legal Education Demands Critical Perspectives

Chapter 13 in Kevin Lindgren, François Kunc and Michael Coper (eds), "The Future Of Australian Legal Education: A Collection", Lawbook Co, Sydney, 2018, pp 217-228

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 18/52

13 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2018

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Simon Rice

The University of Sydney Law School; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Date Written: August 30, 2018

Abstract

The idea of private legal practice pervades law schools and legal education, determining content and method, reflecting what Professor Nussbaum has called ‘the subservient origins’ of legal education. The pervasiveness of private legal practice in legal education fails both to prepare students for the diversity of legal practice, and to serve the interests of justice. If law graduates are to be ready for the wide variety of places they may take their legal knowledge, and seek to do justice, the method of delivering the prescribe curriculum must break away from the implicit strictures of that narrow focus, and teach law in its larger social context, through explicit and extensive use of theory.

Keywords: Legal education, legal curriculum, critical legal theory, law teaching, teaching for justice

JEL Classification: I21, I23, K10, K19, K30

Suggested Citation

Rice, Simon, Why Prescriptive Legal Education Demands Critical Perspectives (August 30, 2018). Chapter 13 in Kevin Lindgren, François Kunc and Michael Coper (eds), "The Future Of Australian Legal Education: A Collection", Lawbook Co, Sydney, 2018, pp 217-228; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 18/52. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3241189

Simon Rice (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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