ERIC Number: ED040676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-2
Reference Count: 0
Legal Education and the Contemporary Social Crisis.
Kitch, Edmund W.
Society is questioning the role of law and of legal education. The law curriculum is attacked for being oriented toward subject matter likely to produce retainers, and not to the quality of life for the citizen and consumer. Law teachers are accused of assuming a "hard nosed" stance in their teaching, debunking whatever passions students bring to the subject matter. Law schools are urged to adopt new teaching methods, such as audio visual techniques, clinical experience and teaching machines. Others argue for the abolishment of the "boring" third year, and still others advocate abandoning the concept of the legal profession as a learned profession by developing relatively short, specialized training for specific legal tasks. All of these suggestions have many inherent disadvantages and provide no real answers to the problems confronting society. Two more useful changes would be to (1) discard the ideology of the case method. A class needs not only the challenge of problems, but the example, from the teacher, of problems successfully solved. (2) Increase the role and importance of the subjects of jurisprudence and the legal profession in the curriculum. The crisis of confidence challenges the legitimacy of the existing legal order and must be met by legal education on its own terms. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the 25th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 2, 1970.