The Ethics Project in Legal Education

The Ethics Project in Legal Education
The Ethics Project in Legal Education
Robertson, M
9780415546515
06/10/2010
£90.00
Hb
Routledge Cavendish

The book discusses the meaning of ‘legal ethics’, adopting the basic premise that legal practitioners need to exercise personal responsibility and choice in carrying out their work.

That is because the current formal rules are inadequate true engagement with ethical issues requires them to exercise judgment.

While this is now a well-accepted view among legal ethicists, this is not the traditional approach to teaching legal ethics and therefore there is a need to rethink the law curriculum.

The contributions to the book offer a breadth of coverage examining legal ethics teaching in a range of jurisdictions including the USA, Canada, Australia, and South Africa and Hong Kong.

A number of contributors discuss design issues that cover a broad field of methods, including simulations, the pervasive use of problem-solving exercises, and real-world experiences, with some of the essays revealing their empirical findings on the effectiveness of these methods and particularly as they affect the students.

Contents:

1. Introduction, Michael Robertson, Lillian Corbin, Kieran Tranter and Francesca Bartlett

2. Taking Values Seriously: The Democratic Intellect and the Place of Values in the Law School Curriculum, Julian Webb

3. ‘Represent a Murderer … I’d Never Do That!’ How Students Use Stories to Link Ethical Development and Identity Construction, Cassandra Sharp

4. Experience is the Only Teacher: Bringing Practice to the Teaching of Ethics, David F. Chavkin

5. Developing Professional Judgement: Law School Innovations in Response to the Carnegie Foundation’s Critique of American Legal Education, Clark D. Cunningham and Charlotte Alexander

6. A South African Response to Ethics in Legal Education, Helen Kruuse

7. Bioethical Principles as Signposts for Ethical Legal Practice, David McQuoid-Mason

8. Towards Ethical Literacy by Enhancing Reflexivity in Law Students, Lynda Crowley-Cyr

9. Learning in Justice: Ethical Education in an Extra-Curricular Law Clinic, Donald Nicolson

10. Reading Reported Cases Through a Legal Ethics Lens, Linda Haller

11. Coming to Terms with Legal Ethics Assessment, Justine Rogers

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