Why ADR must be a mandatory subject in the law degree: A cheat sheet for the willing and a primer for the non-believer

James Duffy, Rachael M Field

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The profession of law is deeply steeped in tradition and conservatism, which influences the content and pedagogy employed in law faculties across Australia. Indeed, the practice of law and the institutions of legal education are in a relationship of mutual influence; a dénouement which preserves the best aspects of the common law legal system, but also leaves the way we educate, practice and think about the role of law resistant to change. In this article, the authors lay down a challenge to legal education orthodoxy and a call to arms for legal academic progressivists: that alternative dispute resolution (ADR) should be a compulsory, stand alone subject in the law degree. The authors put forward 10 simple arguments as to why every law student should be exposed to a semester-long course of ADR instruction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-19
Number of pages11
JournalAustralasian Dispute Resolution Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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