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.
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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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||law study and teaching, neoliberalism, citizen participation|
|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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