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

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Paolo Vargiu

Leicester Law School, University of Leicester

Date Written: December 19, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Vargiu, Paolo, What They Can, not What They Ought To: The Case for a Scholarship-Based Approach to the Teaching of Law (December 19, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3762990 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3762990

Paolo Vargiu (Contact Author)

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