Modernising Legal Education

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Over the last decade, cost-pressures, technology, automation, globalisation, de-regulation and changing client relationships have transformed the practice of law. In the face of these changes, legal education has seemingly remained unmoved. In considering how legal education ought to respond to a rapidly evolving legal profession, this book brings together a range of perspectives on the skills required by the modern lawyer, and the various ways in which legal educators working in conjunction with other stakeholders can support the acquisition of these skills. Authors include those working in the legal profession in large law firms and small technology start-ups; researchers, educators and clinicians drawn from the fields of law, business, design, and education; as well as those working within professional representative, and regulatory bodies. Contributors draw on theoretical, empirical and reflective approaches to consider the modernisation of legal education and the role technology should play in this process. Discussions span the use role-play, gamification, virtual reality, project based learning, design-thinking, data analytics, clinical legal education, apprenticeships, experiential learning and regulatory reform, and in doing so, illustrate what modern legal education might look like, and how it can and should be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge UK
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages261
ISBN (Electronic)9781108663311
ISBN (Print)9781108475754
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • legal education
  • legal technology
  • gamification
  • legal profession
  • higher education
  • vocational training

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