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Knowledge economy; legal education; Neoliberal legal knowledge
This paper considers how recent changes in higher education are impacting on the discipline of law, causing the critical scholarly space to contract in favour of that which is market-based and applied. The charging of high fees has transformed the delicate relationship between student and teacher into one of ‘customer’ and ‘service provider’. Changes in pedagogy, modes of delivery and assessment have all contributed to the narrowing of the curriculum in a way that supports the market. The paper will briefly illustrate the way the transformation has occurred and consider its effect on legal education and the legal academy.
Thornton, Margaret, "The Law School, the Market, and the New Knowledge Economy" (2009). Comparative Research in Law & Political Economy. Research Paper No. 23/2009.