Legal Skills and Legal Education<sup>*</sup>

William Twining

in Law in Context

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198264835
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682810 | DOI:
Legal Skills and Legal Education*

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This chapter discusses the importance of teaching legal skills. It is proposed that academic lawyers should take the lead in making direct learning of ‘skills’ a central component of every stage of legal education and training. This will involve changes in attitudes and competencies of law teachers, as well as new institutional and collective arrangements. ‘Skills’ is as central to the discipline of law and academic legal education as it is to professional training and practice. This chapter argues the thinking that emphasis on skills in legal education is illiberal, amoral, narrow, reactionary, anti-intellectual, impractical, or unnecessary and that it should be confronted so that the law teaching profession will not be marginalized within the total system of legal education and training.

Keywords: legal skills; legal education; academic lawyers

Chapter.  5645 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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