Assessing change of traditions: teachers’ insights on a legal education under transformation

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Legal education is moving away from traditional learning methods towards approaches characterized as student-focused, active, collaborative, and reflective. A variety of factors co-create such a teaching environment, including teachers’ understanding of learning and teaching in practice. One example of a legal education undergoing such change is at the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagenin Denmark. However, knowledge of this transformation is scarce,therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the faculty’s views, ambitions, and experiences with teaching practices. A questionnaire was developed and distributed per e-mail to all (768) teachers. The data collection lasted from 3 May 2022 to 23 May 2022. The main findings were that the surveyed teachers mostly understood learning that favoured student-focused teaching. In addition, case-based teaching is widely applied, but 62.7 per cent of the teachers’ in practice talked more than students in the teaching setting despite their ambitions foranother distribution of talking between students and teachers. Although the faculty’s teaching has changed from solely monologic lectures, there is still a way to go to reach their goal of reforming the legal education.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Legal Education
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)161-177
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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