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Access to Legal Education and the Legal Profession: A Commonwealth Perspective<sup>*</sup>

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/9780198264835.003.0023
Access to Legal Education and the Legal Profession: A Commonwealth Perspective*

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This chapter aims to raise some questions and suggest some concepts that may be pertinent to analysing practical problems of access in different contexts. It posits that access to legal education and the legal profession is part of a much broader problem of access to education and to élite occupations. It argues that there is nothing wrong in employing positive action in selection for education or training to further an important social purpose. Whether the benefits outweigh the costs in a given context will often involve difficult and contentious issues of political judgement. There is much to be gained from looking at these problems from an international perspective and pooling experience of problems and attempted responses. Commonwealth countries can learn from American experience and other nations' legal education.

Keywords: education; élite occupations; political judgement; legal education

Chapter.  21740 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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