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What are Law Schools for?<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/9780198264835.003.0025
What are Law Schools for?*

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This chapter argues that legal educators need to rethink the nature, objectives, and actual and potential role of law schools as institutions. There is a need to draw a distinction between the process of professional formation of lawyers and the nature and roles of law schools as institutions. There are two main conceptions of the role of law schools in modern industrial societies: the professional school model and the academic model. American law schools experience tension between the intellectual aspirations and interests of a substantial part of the faculty and the demands and expectations of their main clientele, who are assumed to be intending practitioners. In England, the centralization of higher education and the introduction of various kinds of external quality assurance mechanisms are pushing universities to ‘play the same game in a different division of a single league’.

Keywords: legal educators; law schools; professional school model; academic model

Chapter.  10342 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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