Rediscovering law students as citizens: Critical thinking and the public value of legal education

McGee, Jeff, Guihot, Michael, & Connor, Tim (2013) Rediscovering law students as citizens: Critical thinking and the public value of legal education. Alternative Law Journal, 38(2), pp. 77-81.

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Abstract

In a series of publications over the last decade, Australian National University Professor Margaret Thornton has documented a disturbing change in the nature of legal education. This body of work culminates in a recently published book based on interviews with 145 legal academics in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada. In it, Thornton describes a feeling of widespread unease among legal academics that society, government, university administrators and students themselves are moving away from viewing legal education as a public good which benefits both students and society. Instead, legal education is increasingly being viewed as a purely private good, for consumption by the student in the quest for individual career enhancement.

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ID Code: 84400
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: law study and teaching, neoliberalism, citizen participation
ISSN: 1037-969X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Alternative Law Journal
Deposited On: 22 May 2015 00:14
Last Modified: 27 May 2015 11:13

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