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Teaching legal ethics at the open university – avoiding the pitfalls of formalism

McFaul, Hugh (2015). Teaching legal ethics at the open university – avoiding the pitfalls of formalism. Revista Bio Ciencias, 3(2) (Supl 2) 20-25.

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This paper will reflect on some of the pedagogical and philosophical issues that arise when teaching ethics to law students. It will begin by explaining the demands made by the legal professional bodies regarding the teaching of legal ethics in England and will outline how legal ethics is currently taught on the undergraduate law degree programme at the Open University. It will consider the impact of formalism on the ethical education of law students. It will conclude by suggesting that a virtue ethics approach to teaching legal ethics may be a suitable model for teaching legal ethics in a distance learning setting.


Este trabajo reflexionará sobre algunas de las cuestiones pedagógicas y filosóficas que surgen al enseñar Ética a los estudiantes de Derecho. Comenzaré por explicar la demanda educativa realizada por los organismos profe-sionales legales con respecto a la enseñanza de la ética ju-rídica y se delineará cómo actualmente se enseña la ética legal en el programa de licenciatura en Derecho de pregrado en la Universidad Abierta. Se tendrá en cuenta el impacto del formalismo jurídico en la formación ética de los estudiantes de Derecho. Concluirá, sugieriendo que una ética de la vir-erecho. Concluirá, sugieriendo que una ética de la vir-tud se acerca a la enseñanza de la ética jurídica y que puede ser un modelo adecuado para la enseñanza de la ética ju-rídica en un entorno de aprendizaje a distancia.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 2007-3380
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Law
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 56777
Depositing User: Hugh Mcfaul
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2018 09:34
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2020 11:25
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