Legal Research, the Law Schools and the Profession

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dc.contributor.author Webber, Jeremy
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-11T00:38:55Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-11T00:38:55Z
dc.date.copyright 2004 en_US
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation Webber, J. (2004). Legal research, the law schools and the profession. Sydney Law Review, 26, 565-586. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://sydney.edu.au/law/slr
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7787
dc.description.abstract This paper addresses the gulf that is said to exist between the law schools and the profession in legal research. It examines the causes and extent of the divide. It argues that some measure of divergence is appropriate, for the mission of the law schools is substantially different from that of the profession. The law schools speak to a broader range of legal phenomena and a more extensive professional and non-professional audience. They must take a critical approach to law and law reform. They have an obligation to explore not only the requirements of legal practice, but also the intersections between law and other social phenomena, and law’s relationship to philosophical arguments. The law schools are therefore best conceived as a parallel branch of the profession, with their own standards of excellence and their own purposes. Interaction between academia and the profession is an indispensable source of insight for both, but in this interaction the law schools must remain true to their distinctive role, a role that only they can fulfil. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sydney Law Review en_US
dc.title Legal Research, the Law Schools and the Profession en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US

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