Reasons why law students should have access to learning law through a skills-based approach

Turner, Juliet, Bone, Alison and Ashton, Jeanette (2018) Reasons why law students should have access to learning law through a skills-based approach. Law Teacher, 52. pp. 1-16. ISSN 0306-9400

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Abstract

The Legal Education and Training Review identified gaps in law students’ key skills development and this paper considers how skills training in three key areas of mooting, negotiation and client interviewing can bemaximised so that law students have a sense of themselves as lawyer as well as law student from the beginning of their legal education. The research identifies numerous benefits to learning law through skillsbased activities, but also discovers some possible apprehensions about participating from a student perspective. This paper draws on data taken fromstudents who engaged in short-term optional courses in client interviewing, negotiation and/or mooting and considers the responses to a survey conducted prior to participation, a reflective survey post-completion and a focus group exercise. In total 64 students responded to the questionnaire. The research explores the expected and actual benefits of participating in the courses, discusses how these impact on students’ perceptions of their employability and the types of activities considered most valuable. The article considers how, in light of the research, experiential learning can be put to best use within the law curriculum.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
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Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2020 08:55
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2020 15:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/90547

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