What They Can, not What They Ought To: The Case for a Scholarship-Based Approach to the Teaching of Law
34 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2021
Date Written: December 19, 2020
The aim of this article is to stimulate a debate on the purpose of law school and the work of law teachers. It submits that teaching delivery methods should be the subject of constant reflection by teachers and university administrators, and that the drafting of law school curricula should aim at cultivating the intellectual abilities and curiosity of law students, focussing on their education rather than mere instruction. The article calls for a scholarship-based approach to teaching, centred on culture, research, and method. The article addresses, under this perspective, the salient elements of legal education: the philosophy of a teacher, the function of lectures and seminars, the problem of the time necessary to gain the required preparation, the importance of reading and the role played by assessment in the economy of a law degree.
Keywords: legal education, university, law school, academics, teaching
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