Pericles Regained?<sup>*</sup>

William Twining

in Law in Context

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198264835
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682810 | DOI:
Pericles Regained?*

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This chapter argues that neither of the images of ‘Pericles and the Plumber’ was appropriate as a model for lawyer education because they were both too simple: Pericles was too elevated and the plumber was too mundane. Both offer the reductionist model of ‘the lawyer’. Professor Anthony Kronam introduces the ‘lawyer-statesman’ who combines technical competence with civic mindedness and good judgement. Partisanship, paternalism, and élitism are some challenges to Kronman's ‘lawyer-statesman model. Kronman places the main responsibility for the decline of the lawyer-statesman ideal on the law schools. This chapter claims that law is potentially one of the great humane disciplines, that legal education can be a good vehicle for general education, and that legal practice has a place among the liberal professions.

Keywords: Pericles; lawyer education; reductionism; Anthony Kronam; lawyer-statesman; partisanship; paternalism; élitism

Chapter.  13977 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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