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Back to Basics? University Legal Education and 21st Century Professionalism

24 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2007  

Annie Rochette

University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law

Wesley Pue

University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law

Abstract

This article probes the complexities surrounding trying to match law school curriculum with the needs of students intent on careers in the practice of law. It pursues the issue in three stages: 1) an assessment of a contemporary back to basics critique of legal education; 2)an empirical evaluation of actual student experiences and course selections at a major North American law school over the course of a decade; 3) an assessment of the 'fit' between existing legal education and the likely needs of future practitioners.

Keywords: legal profession, professionalism, legal education, law and society, legal history, english and commonwealth law, comparative law, law and culture

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Rochette, Annie and Pue, Wesley, Back to Basics? University Legal Education and 21st Century Professionalism. Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, Vol. 20, p. 167, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=960274

Annie Rochette

University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law ( email )

1822 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Canada

Wesley Pue (Contact Author)

University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law ( email )

1822 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Canada

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