Education, Education

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‘EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION’: LEGAL, MORAL AND CLINICAL
Author(s): 
Nicolson, Donald
Author(s)' contact information: 
Donald Nicolson Graham Hills Building University of Strathclyde 50 George Street Glasgow, G1 1QE Phone: +44 143 667 3993 Email: donald.nicolson@strath.ac.uk Home Page: http://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/courses/law/staff/nicolsondonaldprof/
Publication: 
The Law Teacher: the International Journal of Legal Education
Volume number: 
42
Year: 
2010
First page number: 
145
Country: 
UK

On the assumption that law schools should seek to foster a legal profession which takes ethics seriously, this article explores how it may promote the moral development of its students. Having examined how legal education currently fails in this regards, it explores competing psychological theories of moral development and argues that law schools should seek to start students on a ‘moral apprenticeship’ leading to the development of the necessary moral character to equip them for the ethical challenges of practice. The article then looks at the extent to which ideal methods for promoting moral development can be implemented given the current climate in legal education. In particular, it argues that an excellent and viable means of assisting in the process of moral character development is through student involvement in live-client clinics, particularly if they are run on an extra-curricular basis.

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