Silencing Discipline in Legal Education

27 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2018

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Lucy A. Jewel

University of Tennessee College of Law

Date Written: April 6, 2018

Abstract

In current times, the production of critical legal knowledge has become constrained by a neoliberal education mindset that emphasizes economic performance and measured outcomes over critical thought. In this essay, I argue that academic freedom, in the sense of being free to speak, write, and teach critical knowledge, both in the intellectual sense and in the law practice sense, is being eroded. And, I urge my critically minded colleagues that are traditional law scholars (tenure-track or tenured) to consider the circumstances of law teachers who currently do not have the protections of tenure but who generate valuable knowledge, particularly in the realm of teaching critical common-law analysis and lawyering skills. Together, we should oppose further encroachments of neoliberal rationality into legal education. This is a matter of reform, but it is also a matter of protecting our voice.

Keywords: Legal Education, Legal Education History, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Legal Theory, Legal Skills Teachers, Academic Freedom

Suggested Citation

Jewel, Lucille A., Silencing Discipline in Legal Education (April 6, 2018). University of Toledo Law Review, Vol. 49, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3271967

Lucille A. Jewel (Contact Author)

University of Tennessee College of Law ( email )

1505 West Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
United States

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