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Key Directions in Legal Education

National and International Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Emma Jones, Fiona Cownie


240 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Key Directions in Legal Education identifies and explores key contemporary and emerging themes which 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 like the pressures on law schools exerted by external stakeholders, the fostering of interdisciplinary approaches and collaboration within law schools and the evolution of discourses around teaching and learning legal skills. It elaborates on the continuing development of clinical legal education as a core 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.

Table of Contents


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



About the Editors

Emma Jones is a qualified teacher and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority at The Open University School of Law, Milton Keynes, UK.

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

About the Series

Legal Pedagogy

This series consists of high-quality monographs that explore best practice in the teaching of all areas of law, whilst addressing wider questions about legal education more generally. With contributions from respected academics around the world, this series explores innovative thinking and practice within the context of a generally conservative branch of academia, with the aim of promoting discussion as to how best to teach the various aspects of the law degree and ensure the ongoing validity of the law degree as a whole. Individual books within the series will focus on specific areas of law and will discuss questions such as: could there be more variety in teaching methods and curriculum design? What is the role for more practical courses? Should students be offered law degrees with specialisations, or with an emphasis on the role of law in society?

The books in this series will be of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduates in the fields of law and education, as well as teachers of law who may be interested in reviving curricula and need a prompt in that direction. In addition, the legal profession, and in particular those who regulate entry into the profession, will find much to interest them within the series.

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