A normative approach to developing reflective legal practitioners: Kant and clinical legal education

Omar Madhloom*

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Abstract

This article argues that doctrinal training, which dominates the law curriculum, fails to equip law students with the necessary skills to navigate the complexities of legal practice. To address the limitations associated with the doctrinal method, the article advocates a normative approach to clinical legal education, namely the deontological philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Kantian ethics provides a powerful framework for developing reflective and reflexive practice due to its commitment to the dignity of the individual.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-430
Number of pages15
JournalLaw Teacher
Volume53
Issue number4
Early online date8 Oct 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Oct 2019

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Keywords

  • Clinical legal education
  • Kant
  • reflective practice
  • Schön

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