The Role of Law Schools in Educating Judges to Increase Access to Justice




Buhai, Sande L.
Kumari, Ved
Omaka C., Amari
Rosenbaum, Stephen A.
Routh, Supriya
Taylor, Anne

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Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal


This article' examines the role of judges as public citizens creating access to justice and, in particular, the roles that law schools play in educating judges to better perform their crucial role. This article takes a cross-cultural look at the issue, with contributions from professors and lawyers in India, Nigeria, and the United States. Of course, many of the institutional processes are different in various parts of the world, but there are certain commonalities that make for very interesting comparisons. In some places, individuals can become judges directly following the completion of law school. In other jurisdictions, the process is lengthier and may take many years and require much experience as a practicing lawyer. Other differences include the process of choosing judges by examination, by election or by appointment. However, the commonalities between the systems allow us to use the different experiences to shed light on the problem. The common issue is that, in most places, law schools pay scant attention to what it means to be a judge and how judges work in the courtroom, even though judges are the most important functionaries in the court process, as they have the power to make the final decision.




Buhai, S.L., Kumari, V., Omaka C., A., Rosenbaum, S.A., Routh, S. & Taylor, A. (2011). The Role of Law Schools in Educating Judges to Increase Access to Justice. Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal, 24(1), 161-199.