The crises in legal education

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dc.contributor.author Modiri, J.S.M. (Joel)
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-27T12:34:26Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-27T12:34:26Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.description.abstract This article reflects on recent debates on legal education in South Africa. I argue that the value of legal education should not be indexed by how well it serves the needs and expectations of the legal profession and judiciary, but rather how it contributes to a new jurisprudence suited to the legal, social and political transformation of South Africa. I therefore argue against a reading of the crisis of legal education as one that is instrumental and economical (the inability to produce efficient legal professionals) and focus rather on the jurisprudential crises that lie at the heart of law and jurisprudence, namely the crisis set in motion by the shift from a general jurisprudence, centered on the ideal of justice, to a restricted jurisprudence, focused merely on the coherence of the positive law. I argue that what is needed as a response to this crisis is a critical legal education, or an approach to the study and teaching of law grounded in a critical jurisprudence. The turn to a critical legal education suggested in this article is then further linked to an understanding of law as a humanities discipline and to the humility that this will require of legal academics, lawyers and judges. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian tm2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.ufs.ac.za/ActaAcademica en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Modiri, J 2014, 'The crises in legal education', Acta Academica, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 1-24. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0587-2405
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/43449
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher SUNMeDIA en_ZA
dc.rights © UV/UFS en_ZA
dc.subject Legal education en_ZA
dc.subject Legal profession and judiciary en_ZA
dc.subject Legal academics, lawyers and judges en_ZA
dc.subject Humanities discipline en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title The crises in legal education en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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