Well-designed law degrees provide a unique skill set that means our students can make a real contribution in a changing world.
Transforming | law
Law in society
Dr Jessica Guth, Chair of the Association of Law Teachers and Reader in the Leeds Law School at Leeds Beckett University is shaping the way in which law is taught in universities and believes a good legal education should go further.
“A law degree is, and should be, more than just preparing you to be a practitioner. Students learn how to construct arguments, make decisions, evaluate information, question things and communicate effectively. I believe law teachers should enable students to make their minds their own.”
Her view is that a law degree needs to be more than simply vocational. In fact, Jessica's question to potential students of law is more fundamental: “When I ask a student why they want to study law, one answer I get is that they want to make a difference. But how do they really want to make a difference? Of course, having a law degree might make them a good lawyer, but I’d rather our education opened their minds to all of the possibilities and ways in which they can make a difference in the world. Well-designed law degrees provide a unique skill set that means our students can make a real contribution in a changing world."
The way that our legal services are being delivered is continuing to evolve and at an ever-increasing pace. Whilst we must fiercely protect the rule of law and access to justice for all, we must also foster innovation in our industry and adapt to meet the needs of those who need our services.
Training a flexible workforce through education is critical to this process, and we must ensure that our legal education keeps pace with social, economic, technological and political evolution.