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Martin Partington - are law schools fit for purpose?

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  • 1. Where do we go from here?Are law schools fit for purpose? Martin Partington Author Introduction to the English Legal System
  • 2. Introductions• A little about my background – Academic – Practitioner – Law reformer – Government adviser• Why did you decide to study law?• What did you read/know about law before you started?• What are your career intentions?
  • 3. What should a law degree offer?• Introduction to principles of law• Introduction to the skills of doing law – Research – Writing – Other skills?• Law and society• Legal system in transition – Understanding of the legal world into which you are going to enter
  • 4. Law and society• Macro functions• Micro functions• Law and orders• The conflicting aims and purposes of law• Human rights
  • 5. Legal system in transition (1)• Public expenditure cuts – Reshaping the estate – New approaches to sentencing – New approaches to the police – New approaches to criminal trial process – The future of legal aid?
  • 6. Legal system in transition (2)• Reshaping the judiciary – diversity• Reshaping family justice – Norgrove report• Reshaping administrative justice – Merging courts and tribunals• Reshaping civil justice – Costs controls: Fixed fees; contingency fees
  • 7. Legal system in transition (3)• Reshaping the legal profession – Legal Services Board – Professional structures – Alternative business structures • The Coop • Virtual practices – Legal services vs lawyers services – Competition – Access to the law – Public legal education – The End of Lawyers?
  • 8. Legal system in transition (4)• Getting an overview: The ‘holistic’ approach – Formal institutions – Informal institutions – New practices and procedures – ‘Proportionate justice’• The variety of law and the justice system
  • 9. Finding out what is going on• The law schools?• Careers services?• Books?• Websites?
  • 10. Introduction to the English Legal System• The book• The online resources – http://www.oup.com/uk/orc/bin/9780199644827 /• The blog – http://martinpartington.com/ – Podcasts• Feedback