Cultivating 21st century law graduates through creativity in the curriculum

Gleason, Victoria and Campbell, Elaine (2015) Cultivating 21st century law graduates through creativity in the curriculum. Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education, 10 (1). pp. 4-20. ISSN 1476-0401

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Based on our experience of implementing two creative projects within a legal clinic setting, we explore the concept of creativity and the theoretical and market justifications for incorporating it within law curriculums. Today’s graduates are entering a highly competitive job market and law curriculums need to evolve to ensure they cultivate the skills and attributes employers want. A 21st century law graduate needs more than just a working knowledge of the law and fostering students’ creativity could help develop a range of non-academic skills. However, significantly, our projects suggest that students need to be encouraged to develop their creative potential. As academics we therefore have an important role to play in facilitating creativity and in producing modern, work-ready graduates. This paper should be of interest to anyone engaged in the teaching of law but also to any academics in other disciplines who are exploring ways of unleashing their students’ creative potential.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M100 Law by area
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Dr Elaine Gregersen
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 15:24
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 00:48

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