Karl Llewellyn and the Modern Skills Movement<sup>*</sup>

William Twining

in Law in Context

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198264835
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682810 | DOI:
Karl Llewellyn and the Modern Skills Movement*

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Legal education in the common law world positions skills and competency high on the agenda of debates. The increase in interest in the common law world outside North America is called ‘the Gold Rush’ as a tribute to Professor Neil Gold who developed such ideas in British Columbia and Ontario and then disseminated them to Africa, Australia, South East Asia, and England. Some academic lawyers fear that the profession will seek to offload some of the substantive law topics that have been discarded at the vocational stage onto the undergraduate stage. This chapter shows some concerns of Karl Llewellyn in the modern skills movement such as: ‘sound sociology of law is the precondition to sound legal technique’; and the obsession of the legal profession with coverage, that is, the idea that there are certain fields of law that every student should have covered, however superficially, before being admitted to practice.

Keywords: legal education; common law world; Neil Gold; Karl Llewellyn; modern skills movement; sociology; legal technique; coverage

Chapter.  3124 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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