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Preparing Lawyers for the Twenty-first Century<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/9780198264835.003.0024
Preparing Lawyers for the Twenty-first Century*

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This chapter discusses a number of recent trends and developments in legal education in the Commonwealth that gives some grounds for optimism. It advocates concerted effort to foster realistic and enlightened expectations about legal education among law students and young lawyers. Stated also in this chapter are some truisms in legal education which are part of the standard aspirational discourse, but those who control recruitment, training, and the likes, by their practice and examples, often send quite a different message to law students and intending lawyers. There is a strong convergence between recent developments in skills training and some central values of liberal education in that they both give a high priority to transferable intellectual skills rather than particular techniques or specific knowledge, particularly in the primary stages.

Keywords: recruitment; legal education; liberal education

Chapter.  6237 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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