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The Calling of Law: The Pivotal Role of Vocational Legal Education (eBook)

Edited by: Fiona Westwood, Karen Barton

ISBN13: 9781472401564
Published: May 2014
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
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As one of the 'learned' professions requiring advanced learning and high principles, law enjoys a special standing in society. In return for its status and rank, the legal profession is expected to exhibit the highest levels of honesty, trust and morality, the very values which underpin the legal system itself.

This, in turn, entrusts to legal education a particular problem of addressing, not only the substantive elements of the body of law, but a means through which the characteristics of the 'calling' of law are imparted and instilled. At a time when the very essence of the legal profession is under threat, this book calls for a realignment of the legal curriculum and pedagogies so as to emphasise the development of culture over industry; character over eloquence; and calling over skill.

Chapters are grouped around the core content and key themes of Curiosity, Calling, Character and Conscientiousness, Contract, and Culture. The volume includes contributions from leading experts, drawn internationally and from other professional disciplines in order to present alternative approaches aimed at tackling common issues, providing insight, and provoking debate.

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Part I Curiosity: Introduction, Karen Barton

Part II Calling: The global contest for legal education, John Flood
Vocational legal education - its pivotal role in the future of the legal profession, Fiona Westwood.

Part III Character and Conscientiousness: Calling, character and clinical legal education: inculcating a love for justice from cradle to grave, Donald Nicolson
Public interest vocationalism: a way forward for legal education in Canada, Richard Devlin and Jocelyn Downie.

Part IV Contract: Professions and their social contracts: a basis for teaching professionalism: lessons from medicine, Richard and Sylvia Cruess
Enabling fitness to practice in medical education, Sam Leinster.

Part V Culture: Collaboration: a crucible for cultivating common understanding in professional legal education, Craig Collins and Suzanne Webbey
Standardized clients in Asia - University of Hong Kong's experience, Wilson Chow and Michael Ng
Teaching professionalism online - an Australian professional legal education experience, Margie Rowe and Moira Murray
We must make law students client ready, John B. Garvey