If we could instil social justice values through clinical legal education, should we?

McKeown, Paul and Hall, Elaine (2018) If we could instil social justice values through clinical legal education, should we? Journal of International and Comparative Law, 5 (1). pp. 143-180. ISSN 2313-3775

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Abstract

Universities are more than just institutions for the transfer of knowledge; they are institutions where students learn about the world and how it works, and in clinical legal education, there is a long and persistent tradition of seeing the formation of “social justice” clinicians as a principal educational goal. This article covers three areas: we ask “Why do we believe values are formed in clinic?” and in Section II “Do values change at university and if so, how?”, examining what evidence there is for a sufficient degree of plasticity in undergraduate populations so that values might change over a module or a year and what evidence there is that changes to values at university (if any) persist into later life. Section III takes a broader philosophical position in relation to legal education and the ethical imperatives of the teacher, asking “if we can make students believe something, is this a good thing?”

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: clinical legal education, values and virtue education, personal and psychological development, evidence-based pedagogy, ethical and educational duties
Subjects: M900 Other in Law
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2018 13:32
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 11:46
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34523

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