‘Favourable variations’: towards a refreshed approach for the interviewing classroom

Ching, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-9815-8804, 2016. ‘Favourable variations’: towards a refreshed approach for the interviewing classroom. Legal Education Review. ISSN 1033-2839 (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

This paper considers the skill of client interviewing, or client counselling, reinforced in many common law countries by competence statements and as a mandatory component of vocational legal education. Over-reliance on interviewing protocols in the classroom creates a risk that students will develop a rigid, rehearsed performance which does not effectively reflective the nuanced nature of legal practice, or encourage them to develop a personal practice. It is suggested that, as a significant microcosm of legal practice, interviewing should be treated as a threshold concept or capability. Literature around interviewing performances, including differentiation between novices and experts suggests that variation theory can be a useful means of helping novice students to understand the significance of the different variables in the client’s problem; to transcend this threshold and to supplement the interviewing protocol in developing towards a personal professional practice.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Legal Education Review
Creators: Ching, J.
Publisher: Australasian Law Teachers Association
Date: 2016
ISSN: 1033-2839
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Law School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 31 Mar 2016 16:26
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 03:00
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27272

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