1st Edition

Key Directions in Legal Education National and International Perspectives

Edited By Emma Jones, Fiona Cownie Copyright 2020
    236 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Key Directions in Legal Education identifies and explores key contemporary and emerging themes that are significant and heavily debated within legal education from both UK and international perspectives. It provides a rich comparative dialogue and insights into the current and future directions of legal education.

    The book discusses in detail topics including the pressures on law schools exerted by external stakeholders, the fostering of interdisciplinary approaches and collaboration within legal education and the evolution of discourses around teaching and learning legal skills. It elaborates on the continuing development of clinical legal education as a component of the law degree and the emergence and use of innovative technologies within law teaching. The approach of pairing UK and international authors to obtain comparative insights and analysis on a range of key themes is original and provides both a genuine comparative dialogue and a clear international focus.

    This book will be of great interest for researchers, academics and post-graduate students in the field of law and legal pedagogy.


    Emma Jones

    Chapter 1, Legal Education Future(s) – The Changing Relationship between Law Schools and the Legal Profession

    Andy Unger

    Chapter 2, Changing Legal Education in China – The Political legal system, academic study and professionalism

    Ling Zhou and Michael Palmer

    Chapter 3, Interdisciplinary approaches and collaboration in legal education in England and Wales

    Mandy Burton and Dawn Watkins

    Chapter 4, Law in context -Towards a reflexive approach in (Dutch) legal education

    Ubaldus de Vries

    Chapter 5, Innovative Technologies in UK legal education

    Francine Ryan and Hugh McFaul

    Chapter 6, Legal education and legal advocacy in the age of digital technology: An Indian perspective

    Debarati Halder

    Chapter 7, Experiential learning and legal education – the role of the clinic in UK law schools

    Richard Grimes

    Chapter 8, Clinical Legal Education in the United States: Emerging trends, challenges and opportunities

    Seán Arthurs

    Chapter 9, The wrong message: Law Student well-being in the contemporary higher education environment

    Caroline Strevens

    Chapter 10, Threshold Concepts in Law: Intentional Curriculum Reform to Support Law Student Learning Success and Well-Being

    Rachael Field and Jan H. F. Meyer

    Chapter 11, The Pasts and Futures of Legal Skills in English Law Schools

    Jessica Guth

    Chapter 12, Legal Skills: Making a Real Change in Nigerian Legal Education

    Ekokoi Solomon

    Conclusion, What Are University Law Schools For?

    Anthony Bradney


    Emma Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Law in the School of Law, The University of Sheffield, UK, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

    Fiona Cownie is Professor of Law Emerita in the School of Law, Keele University, UK, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Senior Research Associate of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London University, UK.