Key Directions in Legal Education: National and International Perspectives

Jones, Emma and Cownie, Fiona eds. (2020). Key Directions in Legal Education: National and International Perspectives. Legal pedagogy. London and New York: Routledge.


Across the world, legal education is subjected to a continuous process of change and evolution. This edited collection identifies and explores key contemporary and emerging themes in legal education which are likely to have a significant impact on the law schools, law students and legal academics in the coming years. Each theme is explored by two or more authors from different jurisdictions, allowing for rich comparative dialogue and insights into the current and future directions of legal education.

Key themes explored in this collection include the pressures on law schools exerted by external stakeholders, the fostering of interdisciplinary approaches and collaboration within law schools, the evolution of discourses around teaching and learning legal skills, the continuing development of clinical legal education as a core component of the law degree, the emergence and use of innovative technologies within law teaching and the growing awareness of the need to tackle issues relating to law student wellbeing. Dr Emma Jones’ introduction provides a suggested theoretical framework drawing together these themes around the concept of relationality, whilst Professor Anthony Bradney’s conclusion provides an incisive comment on the themes explored.

Overall, this edited collection provides an important addition to contemporary debates within legal education by providing a breadth of both national and international perspectives in a format which offers an insight into commonalities and differences between jurisdictions and moves forward the debate on key themes.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 66187
  • Item Type
  • Edited Book
  • ISBN
  • 1-138-33005-1, 978-1-138-33005-4
  • Keywords
  • Legal education; Legal training; Law schools; law degree; legal skills; clinical legal education; Solicitors Qualifying Examination
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Law
    Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2019 The Editors
  • Depositing User
  • Emma Jones