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In Search of the“Soul of Professionalism“: The Case of Legal Education Reform Efforts in South Korea

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In the years following liberation from Japanese rule in 1945, Korea underwent a dramatic transformation in economic, political, cultural, and social institutions. However, the trans-formation of the legal profession in general and legal education in particular has lagged behind the other transformations. It is only recently that the voices for reform are rising and academic debates on the topic are emerging. In this article, I focus on the following questions: 1. What is the present state of legal education in Korea? 2. How are legal education reform efforts being played out? What kinds of changes are being advocated and who are advocating them? 3. What is the relationship between specialised knowledge and institutional ethics, moral authority, and commitment to the public good in legal education reform efforts in South Korea?

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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  • Legal Ethics is an international and interdisciplinary journal devoted to the field of legal ethics.
    The journal provides an intellectual meeting ground for academic lawyers, practitioners and policy-makers to debate developments shaping the ethics of law and its practice at the micro and macro levels.
    Its focus is broad enough to encompass empirical research on the ethics and conduct of the legal professions and judiciary, studies of legal ethics education and moral development, ethics development in contemporary professional practice, the ethical responsibilities of law schools, professional bodies and government, and jurisprudential or wider philosophical reflections on law as an ethical system and on the moral obligations of individual lawyers.

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