Life-long learning for reforming law, refining lawyers, refreshing education

Terence Gygar, Kay Lauchland

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Abstract

Introduction: The Lawyer in the 21st Century
In modern countries with rapidly changing laws and developing legal systems, traditional education in law has less value than in times past. Law school education which emphasizes memorization of existing knowledge and unthinking acceptance of current practice will not develop valuable graduates who can operate effectively in a global context, embrace and assist with law reform and successfully respond to change. In this paper we consider approaches to help produce competent and thoughtful professionals who can continue to grow and develop throughout their careers. In particular we draw on our (admittedly limited) experience of teaching in Asia to propose ways law schools can approach legal education to increase the value of graduates to developing and dynamic societies such as China.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLocal relevance and good governance
Subtitle of host publicationComparative law study in the Asia Pacific region
EditorsLiu Guofo
Place of PublicationBeijing
PublisherChina Economic Publishing House
Pages154-166
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9787501784462
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    Gygar, T., & Lauchland, K. (2008). Life-long learning for reforming law, refining lawyers, refreshing education. In L. Guofo (Ed.), Local relevance and good governance: Comparative law study in the Asia Pacific region (pp. 154-166). Beijing: China Economic Publishing House.