Friday, September 19, 2014

Thinking About Methodologies

Ray Campbell has another wonderful post on legal education on the Faculty Lounge.

Here is the key paragraph:

"If I were the dean of a law school struggling to define its educational mission with regard to training lawyers in these changing times, I would get past doctrine, skills and competencies, and start with this idea of methodologies. Situation specific skills and competencies come and go, and have an uneasy relationship with the academy. Methodologies for professional practice are generalized and durable, and justify academic thought. (Again, this is not to diminish clinical and experiential education, which obviously can play a key role in teaching methodologies, but rather to fix their role in a broader framework)."

(Scott Fruehwald)

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