Pericles and the Plumber

William Twining

in Law in Context

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198264835
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682810 | DOI:
Pericles and the Plumber

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There are numerous complexities surrounding lawyer education. This chapter offers a prolegomena (a preliminary discussion to the topic) to a collection of interrelated observations which should be taken into account in any working theory of lawyer education answering the question of Harold Lasswell: For what purposes should what be taught to whom by whom using what methods in what milieux with what resources? Legal education has been influenced by two contrasting images of ‘the lawyer’ — the lofty image of Pericles, the lawgiver, the enlightened policy-maker, the wise judge; and the image of the lawyer as a plumber, a no-nonsense down-to-earth technician. This chapter also briefly discusses American legal education through the operative ideas of leading legal luminaries — Story, Langdell, Llewellyn, and Lasswell and McDougal.

Keywords: Pericles; legal education; lawyer education; Story; Langdell; Llewellyn; Lasswell; McDougal

Chapter.  13646 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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