Law in Context: Enlarging a Discipline

Hardcover | March 1, 1997

byWilliam Twining

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The central theme of Twining's book is that law is a marvellous subject of study, but to do justice to its potential requires an enlargement of vision, multiple perspectives, and a radical reappraisal of the role, culture, and practices of law schools. Treating theory, education, scholarship,publishing, and professional practice as complementary activities, the author explores the history, philosophy, and practical problems of attempts to broaden the study of law in a disciplined way. He draws upon his personal experience of law schools throughout the common law world and his specialknowledge of jurisprudence, evidence,torts and legal method to examine a wide range of topics in depth. These include, for example, the nature and tasks of legal theory, different kinds of legal literature, and access to legal education and the profession. This provocative and readable book willappeal to all those with an interest in the roles of legal theory, law schools, and lawyers in a changing world.

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The central theme of Twining's book is that law is a marvellous subject of study, but to do justice to its potential requires an enlargement of vision, multiple perspectives, and a radical reappraisal of the role, culture, and practices of law schools. Treating theory, education, scholarship,publishing, and professional practice as com...

William Twining was educated at Oxford and Chicago. He has held chairs at Belfast, Warwick, and London. He has been President of the Society of Public Teachers of Law, Chairman of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association, and a consultant and member of numerous committees on legal education. He is currently Quain Professor of Juri...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:372 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198264836

ISBN - 13:9780198264835

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Camel in the Zoo3. Reflections on Law in Context4. Pericles and the Plumber5. 1836 and All That6. Taking Facts Seriously7. Evidence and Legal Theory8. Theory in the Law Curriculum9. Legal Skills and Legal Education10. Karl Llewellyn and the Modern Skills Movement11. Reading Law12. The Reading Law Cookbook13. Preparing Lawyers for the Twenty-first Century14. What are Law Schools For?15. Pericles Regained?16. A Nobel Prize for Law?

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`I found this book... quite inspirational ... Professor Twining has covered a large canvas in this collection of essays. He has done so in both a clear and engaging manner ... written with a refreshing breadth of vision ... this is a book which sums up in an engagingly personal way most of theimportant developments in legal education in the past forty years...'J. P. S. McLaren, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, British Columbia, La Revue du Barreau Canadien, vol. 77, 1998.