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Northumbria & Nottingham-Trent Seminar funded by the Modern Law Review

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Revisiting “Pressing Problems in the Law: What is the Law School for?” 20 years on

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This seminar is organised by Northumbria University’s Legal Education and Professional Skills (LEAPS) Research Group and Nottingham Law School’s Centre for Legal Education (CLE) with funding from the Modern Law Review.

Twenty years ago, Professor Peter Birks edited a collection of essays on the purpose of legal education, entitled “Pressing Problems in the Law: What is the Law School for?”. This seminar will provide a forum to revisit Professor Birk’s Edited Collection 20 years on, thereby updating the narrative and reassessing the role of the law school both in the UK and in other jurisdictions in light of ongoing, multifaceted, change and provocation. The seminar will stimulate discussion and debate about how law schools should be responding to challenges such as globalisation, technological disruption, the Solicitors Qualifying Examination and Brexit and will encourage collaboration between academics. The day will involve papers from a number of high profile international and national speakers as well as an open call for papers.

This seminar hosts invited speaker presentations from leading international academics and national speakers of note including

  • Professor Margaret Thornton from the Australian National University, Australia. She is widely published in a variety of fields, and has a particular interest in the corporatisation of universities on the legal academy, which has taken her outside of Australia to the UK, Canada and New Zealand to conduct research. Her current Australian Research Council funded research focuses on work/life balance in corporate law firms, with a particular focus on the gendered effects of globalisation, competition and technology.
  • Professor Paul Maharg from York University, Toronto, Canada. He publishes largely on legal education but also on law and literature, and occasionally legal critique. He has worked in UK, Australian, and Canadian Law Schools. He is a leading exponent to the use of simulated clients in legal education and co-author of the 2013 Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) Report that was produced on behalf of the Bar Standards Board, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and ILEX Professional Standards.
  • Dr Steven Vaughan from University College London, UK. He has a research interest in the regulation and governance of legal education. He sits on the Policy Committee of the SRA and the Research Strategy Group of the LSB. His current research involves analysis of how law schools interpret the Joint Statement in the delivery of their qualifying law degrees. He is using data collected from 86 law schools in England and Wales, noting the remarkable similarities in the way in which institutions currently deliver law degrees, he has opined that we may all still look very similar in 10 years’ time.
  • Dr John Haskell from the University of Manchester, UK. He is a senior lecturer and he serves as co-director of the Manchester International Law Centre (MILC), the Law and Money Initiative (LMI), and the Law and Technology Initiative (LaTI). He also holds positions as junior faculty member at Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law and Policy, executive board member of the Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and Law (APPEAL), and long-time guest blogger at The Faculty Lounge. His research focuses on cultures of expertise surrounding legal education and global governance.

We invite legal educators, researchers, practitioners and students from any organisation to present at this seminar. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please email a 300-word abstract no later than 30th April 2019. Each speaker will have 20 minutes to present their paper followed by a 10 minute Q&A session. Your paper should reflect upon the conference theme in some way, and delegates will be encouraged to refer to Professor Birk’s Edited Collection. Further guidance will be circulated to you upon registration. You will receive confirmation of acceptance of your paper by no later than 17th May 2019. There may be an opportunity for papers presented at the seminar to be published collectively in either a journal or edited collection. The Modern Law Review reserves the right of first refusal.

Registration on our Eventbrite page opens on 11th March 2019. An admission fee is payable upon registration. This fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The organisers are currently in discussion with OUP with a view to obtaining permission to distribute selected essays from Professor Birk’s Edited Collection to circulate to delegates following registration. Registration closes on 31st May 2019.

KEY DATES

  • Registration opens: 11th March 2019
  • Abstract submission closes: 30th April 2019
  • Confirmation of acceptance of abstract: by 17th May 2019
  • Registration closes: 31st May 2019
  • Seminar: 17th June 2019

For abstract submissions, enquiries, dietary requirements or reasonable adjustments, please email 20yearsonseminar@gmail.com

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