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ERIC Number: EJ1201345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Fostering Civic Knowledge in Introductory Business Law and Legal Environment Courses: A Closer Look at Freedom of Speech
Murphy, Tonia Hap
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v35 n2 p195-230 Sum 2018
This article seeks to persuade professors that constitutional law topics are worthy of coverage, as it is the job of legal educators to not just to prepare students for their professional roles but also their roles as citizens. Several authors have taken up constitutional law topics in these pages. This article contributes to the literature, and takes a broad look at free speech protections--a particularly timely and engaging topic in light of landmark Supreme Court rulings in June 2017 and much public debate about our civic culture and free speech after violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, Middlebury College, and elsewhere. Part II of this article documents recent widespread calls for universities to do a better job of preparing students to be informed, active citizens. Part III reviews best practices for that civic education. Part IV turns to the role legal studies professors can play in furthering students' civic knowledge. Drawing on recent Supreme Court cases, that part describes a short exercise aimed at helping students understand and reflect on the high level of legal protection that speech enjoys.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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