Values ethics and legal ethics: the QLD and LETR recommendations 6, 7, 10, and 11

Ferris, G. ORCID: 0000-0003-0574-1978, 2014. Values ethics and legal ethics: the QLD and LETR recommendations 6, 7, 10, and 11. The Law Teacher, 48 (1), pp. 20-32. ISSN 0306-9400


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The LETR Report recommended increased attention to ethics and values and to critical thinking. These aims could be achieved jointly through teaching ethical thinking: not as theory but as part of developing the capacity for ethical conduct. Such a pedagogy has the potential to become a QLD signature pedagogy supporting "life-narratives" of students. The LETR Report recommends a review of the QLD emphasising legal values and ethics. Concern with values and ethics is linked to concern with professional conduct. Maintaining the law degree as a general or liberal qualification is also strongly desired. These potentially conflicting drivers generate ambivalence towards legal ethics as a subject for study, especially if legal ethics is perceived as teaching the professional codes. Resolution of this tension is achievable through recognising the potential role of ethical teaching as part of an identity apprenticeship. Developing ethical character is as much a liberal as a professional aim. Ethics teaching can play an integrative role in the QLD. Formation of student identity is a central part of Higher Education taking colouration from being situated in legal education. In this context teaching legal ethics becomes the use of a salient example for carrying out the broader project of developing ethical capacity.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The Law Teacher
Creators: Ferris, G.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2014
Volume: 48
Number: 1
ISSN: 0306-9400
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Law School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:48
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:39

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