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Providing Ethics Learning Opportunities throughout the Legal Curriculum

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This article revisits the idea of 'pervasive ethics' and proposes a model that makes it possible to provide law students with legal ethics learning opportunities throughout the law school curriculum. The key to the proposal is an underlying commitment to co-ordinated 'whole-of-curriculum' design in law school teaching in the interests of maximising law students' learning. The article also suggests how curriculum-wide ethics learning objectives might be formulated, posits the idea of an 'ethics learning activity' and suggests possible criteria for assessment in this important area.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2009

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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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