Date of this Version

January 2006

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Wade, John H., (2006) Formal Legal Education: A Few Lessons From The Past, Useful For The Future, Yearbook of New Zealand Jurisprudence, Volume 9, pp. 338-352.
Reproduced with the kind permission of the Centre for New Zealand Jurisprudence. © Copyright Yearbook of New Zealand Jurisprudence 2006.

2006 HERDC submission


This note suggests (again) that some of the goals of legal education can be discovered helpfully by observing excellent "lawyers" (in their diverse occupations) anecdotally and/or systematically. It repeats the challenging question - what are the causes of a person becoming an excellent lawyer? There is nearly a century of criticism of formal university legal education for allegedly failing to contribute "enough" towards the production of a sufficient number of "excellent" or even "competent" "lawyers" (in the diversity of careers which "lawyers" enter). How should we respond?



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