Legal education, ethics and access to justice: forging warriors for justice in a neo-liberal world

Donald Nicolson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This article explores the reasons for a greater emphasis on access to justice in UK legal education and how law schools might go about raising awareness of the issue in students and fostering a commitment on their part to play a role in redressing problems of unmet legal need. It argues that the most effective means of doing so is through law clinics and other forms of voluntary legal services which expose students to the issue of unmet legal need and which may inspire them to seek to enhance access to justice when in practice. Moreover, it argues that the potential for the practical engagement by students with problems of access to justice is the issue of access to justice so urgent n UK society and which seem to militate against an education in which access to justice plays a central role.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of the Legal Profession
Early online date3 Jun 2015
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Jun 2015

Fingerprint

justice
moral philosophy
education
school law
student
Justice
Ethics education
commitment
Law
Education

Keywords

  • access to justice
  • UK legal education
  • voluntary legal services
  • legal education

Cite this

@article{a4893dd3b39f420994c53eb05aa322f3,
title = "Legal education, ethics and access to justice: forging warriors for justice in a neo-liberal world",
abstract = "This article explores the reasons for a greater emphasis on access to justice in UK legal education and how law schools might go about raising awareness of the issue in students and fostering a commitment on their part to play a role in redressing problems of unmet legal need. It argues that the most effective means of doing so is through law clinics and other forms of voluntary legal services which expose students to the issue of unmet legal need and which may inspire them to seek to enhance access to justice when in practice. Moreover, it argues that the potential for the practical engagement by students with problems of access to justice is the issue of access to justice so urgent n UK society and which seem to militate against an education in which access to justice plays a central role.",
keywords = "access to justice, UK legal education, voluntary legal services, legal education",
author = "Donald Nicolson",
year = "2015",
month = "6",
day = "3",
doi = "10.1080/09695958.2015.1047840",
language = "English",
journal = "International Journal of the Legal Profession",
issn = "0969-5958",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Legal education, ethics and access to justice

T2 - International Journal of the Legal Profession

AU - Nicolson, Donald

PY - 2015/6/3

Y1 - 2015/6/3

N2 - This article explores the reasons for a greater emphasis on access to justice in UK legal education and how law schools might go about raising awareness of the issue in students and fostering a commitment on their part to play a role in redressing problems of unmet legal need. It argues that the most effective means of doing so is through law clinics and other forms of voluntary legal services which expose students to the issue of unmet legal need and which may inspire them to seek to enhance access to justice when in practice. Moreover, it argues that the potential for the practical engagement by students with problems of access to justice is the issue of access to justice so urgent n UK society and which seem to militate against an education in which access to justice plays a central role.

AB - This article explores the reasons for a greater emphasis on access to justice in UK legal education and how law schools might go about raising awareness of the issue in students and fostering a commitment on their part to play a role in redressing problems of unmet legal need. It argues that the most effective means of doing so is through law clinics and other forms of voluntary legal services which expose students to the issue of unmet legal need and which may inspire them to seek to enhance access to justice when in practice. Moreover, it argues that the potential for the practical engagement by students with problems of access to justice is the issue of access to justice so urgent n UK society and which seem to militate against an education in which access to justice plays a central role.

KW - access to justice

KW - UK legal education

KW - voluntary legal services

KW - legal education

U2 - 10.1080/09695958.2015.1047840

DO - 10.1080/09695958.2015.1047840

M3 - Article

JO - International Journal of the Legal Profession

JF - International Journal of the Legal Profession

SN - 0969-5958

ER -