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Introduction: Wandering Jurist

William Twining

in Law in Context

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198264835
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682810 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264835.003.0009
Introduction: Wandering Jurist

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Legal education, legal scholarship, legal theorizing, and the production of legal literature are the institutionalized disciplines of law. This chapter aims to provide a detailed exploration of what is involved in trying to develop broader approaches to legal study. Each chapter is motivated in part by activist concerns, typically to develop, interpret, justify, and promote a particular approach to academic law, and to explore some of its theoretical and practical implications. The essays have three main groups. The first group establishes a historical context and starts to articulate an approach to ‘broadening the study of law from within’ in accordance with the classic values of liberal education. The second group is concerned with implementing that programme in particular fields, notably legal theory, evidence, legal method, and skills teaching. The third group deals with international trends and issues of policy in legal education and scholarship in common law countries.

Keywords: disciplines; academic law; liberal education; legal theory; evidence; legal method; legal scholarship

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Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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