Event Dates: 17 – 21 June 2013 B34
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
The Birkbeck School of Law presents:
Law on Trial 2013: Legal Utopias: The Future of Law and Legal Education
Against a background of profound changes in higher education policy, and in the year in which the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) will report its findings to its sponsoring regulators in May 2013, the School of Law at Birkbeck places legal education on trial in this week of free lectures and workshops.
With roundtable discussions featuring distinguished legal academics, novelists, journalists and political activists, who explore the influence of legal education and legal educators on the wider cultural and social landscape, this is a trial not to be missed!
Take part as we debate the future of the School of Law, positioned in a climate where both publicly funded and privately sourced legal education providers battle with high fees and an ever expanding competitive market. Have your say over access to legal education as our panels explore whether legal academics should confront challenges of widening participation by developing a culture of pro bono – offering legal education freely outside their universities/colleges.
Wednesday 19 June 2013
New Foundations: Re-designing the Academic Stage of Legal Training
Professor Patricia Tuitt and Dr Stewart Motha
What should the 21st century law student be required to study? In a field of legal services in which entities as diverse as Law Centres and Supermarkets play a part, which professional or other bodies should determine the qualification regulations of aspiring lawyers? Should legal academics seek to impart broad principles of law or detailed rules and procedures? As it examines the merits of Birkbeck School of Law’s alternative qualifying law degree, our distinguished panel will debate the foundations of legal knowledge and many other questions concerning the academic stage of legal training.
Confirmed panel members:
Professor Joanne Conaghan, former Head of Kent Law School, co-editor (with Peter Cane) of the new Oxford Companion to Law (2008),author (with Wade Mansell) of Wrongs of Tort (1999) and of Gender and the Law ( forthcoming, 2013)
Shaun Wallace, Barrister, winner of Mastermind (2004) and British Television Personality – currently a Chaser on the ITV quiz show, The Chase.
Frances Webber, Barrister (formerly of Garden Court Chambers) and author of Borderline Justice: the Fight for Refugee and Migrant Rights (2012). Frances was counsel in many high profile asylum cases, including Shah v Islam (1999)
Professor Jiri Priban, Cardiff Law School, editor of the Journal of Law and Society and a regular contributor to the BBC World Service, the Czech TV, newspapers and other periodicals.
Alex Aldridge, Legal and education journalist, columnist at The Guardian and Above the Law, editor of Legal Cheek.
Introduction to the topic by Dr Stewart Motha (Birkbeck)
Professor Patricia Tuitt (Birkbeck)
Dr Stewart Motha (Birkbeck)