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Professionalism in higher education: Important not only for lawyers

Coe, P. ORCID: and Dagilyte, E. (2014) Professionalism in higher education: Important not only for lawyers. The Law Teacher, 48 (1). pp. 33-50. ISSN 1943-0353

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/03069400.2013.875303


This article considers how, in light of the changing legal profession and higher education, academia could address professionalism training. The authors put forward an argument that, if professionalism is to be understood as a set of skills, values and attitudes required for any lawyer, it is now a good time to consider how these could be taught and assessed in law and non-law degrees. The formation of professional values and attitudes is a long process that continues throughout a person’s life. The earlier students are exposed to professional values, attitudes and skills, the better the quality of service these future lawyers will provide to the public. Taking into account the Legal Education and Training Review recommendations, the article suggests some practical ways as to how professionalism could be developed in higher education.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
ID Code:86809
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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