Handbook on the Rule of Law
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Handbook on the Rule of Law

Edited by Christopher May and Adam Winchester

The discussion of the norm of the rule of law has broken out of the confines of jurisprudence and is of growing interest to many non-legal researchers. A range of issues are explored in this volume that will help non-specialists with an interest in the rule of law develop a nuanced understanding of its character and political implications. It is explicitly aimed at those who know the rule of law is important and while having little legal background, would like to know more about the norm.
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Chapter 17: The rule of law and legal education: Do they still connect?

John Flood


In order to understand the interaction of the role of the rule of law in legal education it is necessary to appreciate how the legal order and the legal profession has changed over the past 100 years. As the global economy has shifted towards a neo-liberal order, law has followed the profession. The legal profession is composed of segments that serve corporate and individual interests and the latter is suffering as legal aid and the welfare state is shrinking. Law schools and legal education are following these trends valuing positions in large law firms over those elsewhere. The rule of law appears to take a back seat. Moreover, the introduction of technology into legal services is intensifying the process.

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