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Perspectives on Legal Education

Contemporary Responses to the Lord Upjohn Lectures, 1st Edition

Edited by Chris Ashford, Nigel Duncan, Jessica Guth


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This edited collection offers a critical overview of the major debates in legal education set in the context of the Lord Upjohn Lectures, the annual event that draws together legal educators and professionals in the United Kingdom to consider the major debates and changes in the field.

Presented in a unique format that reproduces classic lectures alongside contemporary responses from legal education experts, this book offers both an historical overview of how these debates have developed and an up-to-date critical commentary on the state of legal education today. As the full impact of the introduction of university fees, the Legal Education and Training Review and the regulators’ responses are felt in law departments across England and Wales, this collection offers a timely reflection on legal education’s legacy, as well as critical debate on how it will develop in the future.


"This book makes an interesting companion to dip in and out of for often fascinating, occasionally slightly obscure, nuggets of insight into legal education and the wider context of legal practice within England and Wales." - Emma Jones, Lecturer in Law, The Open University

Table of Contents

1. The Upjohn Lectures And Legal Education, Chris Ashford, Nigel Duncan and Jess Guth 2. The Rt.Hon. Lord Upjohn, C.B.E.,D.L.: Honorary President of The Association of Law Teachers 1966–1971:An appreciation, I. H. Jacob 3. Lord Upjohn Lecture 2012: Reforming legal Education Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury 4. Response: A Tale of Two Cities: Reflecting on "Reforming Legal Education", Julian Webb 5. The Annual Lord Upjohn Lecture 11 November 2011 Widening participation in a changing educational landscape Wes Streeting 6. Response: Transformation by Education, Graeme Broadbent 7. Thirty-ninth Lord Upjohn Lecture 2010: Training the Lawyers of the Future – a Regulator's View, David Edmonds8.Response: Of Competence, Confidence and the Last Chance Saloon Professor Stephen Mayson (Legal Services Institute) 9.Twenty-ninth Lord Upjohn Lecture 2000: The Education, the Justice System Requires Today, Lord Woolf C.J. 10. Response: Education in Times of Developing Law and Civil Procedure, Sir Vivian Ramsey 11.Fourth Lord Upjohn Lecture 1974: Fact finding: Art or science? Lord Justice Ormrod 12. Response: Preparation for Practice: Developing Effective Advocates in a Changing World of Adversarial Civil Justice, Nigel Duncan 13. Thirty-eighth Lord Upjohn Lecture 2009: The student contract Ruth Deech 14. Response: Changing terms: A Response to Professor Deech Professor Rebecca Huxley Binns 15. Sixth Lord Upjohn Lecture 1977: The law as taught and the law as practiced Mr. Justice Goff 16. Response: Are we moving forward in the Principle v Practice debate in law? Susan Blake 17. Tenth Lord Upjohn Lecture 1980: Legal education and the needs of the legal profession Sir Frederick Lawton 18. Response: The Needs of the Legal Profession and the Liberal Law School: (Re)negotiating Boundaries Chris Ashford 19. Twenty-second Lord Upjohn Lecture 1993: The Lord Chancellor's advisory committee on legal education and the legal profession Lord Griffiths of Govilon M.C. 20. Response: From gavotte to techno – but the dance goes on John Hodgson 21. Eleventh Lord Upjohn Lecture 1981: The teaching of law and politics J. A. G. Griffith 22. Response: But It Still Goes On: The Teaching of Law and Politics in 2015 Professor Tony Bradney 23. Twenty-fifth Lord Upjohn Lecture 1996: The integration of teaching and research in the law department Dawn Oliver 24. Response: Fostering Curiosity: The Importance of Research and Teaching in Law Schools. A Response to Dawn Oliver Dr Jess Guth

About the Editors

Chris Ashford is Professor of Law and Society at Northumbria University. He is Editor of The Law Teacher: the International Journal of Legal Education and Chair of the Association of Law Teachers.

Nigel Duncan is Professor of Legal Education at City University and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is convenor of Teaching Legal Ethics UK and Consultant Editor of The Law Teacher.

Jessica Guth is Head of Law at the University of Bradford School of Law. She is the Deputy Editor of The Law Teacher and Vice Chair of the Association of Law Teachers.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Legal Education