In Western culture, law is dominated by textual representation. Lawyers, academics and law students live and work in a textual world where the written word is law and law is interpreted largely within written and printed discourse. Is it possible, however, to understand and learn law differently? Could modes of knowing, feeling, memory and expectation commonly present in the Arts enable a deeper understanding of law's discourse and practice? If so, how might that work for students, lawyers and academics in the classroom, and in continuing professional development? Bringing together scholars, legal practitioners internationally from the fields of legal education, legal theory, theatre, architecture, visual and movement arts, this book is evidence of how the Arts can powerfully revitalize the theory and practice of legal education. Through discussion of theory and practice in the humanities and Arts, linked to practical examples of radical interventions, the chapters reveal how the Arts can transform educational practice and our view of its place in legal practice. Available in enhanced electronic format, the book complements The Moral Imagination and the Legal Life, also published by Ashgate.
’...will make an important addition to law libraries and scholarly bookshelves around the world in law schools, education departments and beyond. The book serves to deepen our understanding of legal education...’ SCOLAG Legal Journal ’If you want to find ways of developing a distinctive law degree, and one which will engage you and your students creatively as well as analytically, this book may be just what you need. It suggests how to use the arts in a radical challenge to traditional text-based approaches and may well surprise you.’ Nigel Duncan, City University London, UK '... a wide variety of perspectives, ideas, and possibilities. ... Many readers will welcome this book’s invitation to tap into skills and abilities that go beyond text to train attorneys. ... There are many gems here.' Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD ’...much food for thought...This book challenges text-based legal educators and legal-education reformers to pay attention to other ways human beings gain knowledge, solve problems, and communicate...There are many gems here.’ Association of Legal Writing Directors