Legal Education, Privatization and the Market(3)Legal Education, Privatization and the Market:

The Decline of Justice, Fairness and Morality in Australian Law Schools:

Where once, law schools produced bastions of honourable and ethical practices, today’s law schools produce bland enforcers of the law, incapable of questioning the very principles that form the bedrock of their education.

From the ‘case problem’ format to the Socratic method, students are taught to respond to those in authority rather than coming to their own conclusions about the law. Coming to see law as a matter of wealth-accumulation, bored by the ‘irrelevant’ topic of ethics, students are now disconnected from the idea of law as a public service or calling.

In challenging the existing system, Krook looks to the declining prevalence of justice, fairness and morality in the curriculum and the rise and rise of corporate law.

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Us vs Them: A Case for Social Empathy:

The modern city is a place of social circles; clusters of contacts who know each other and strangers who don’t. It is a place where diverse relationships are in decline. In the city, strangers seldom meet beyond daily functions. Instead they brush by with a haste and preoccupation that so defines a century of ‘too little time’. Where once we valued common courtesy, now we encourage the message of “stranger danger”. This message is left untested as we grow older. Instead we live side by side with strangers, and remain firmly as ever, psychologically miles apart.

This book asks the following questions:

1) How can we bring back empathy in big cities?

2) How can we reduce our instinctual urge to categorize people and discriminate on the  basis of race, gender or ethnicity?

3) How can we restore a sense of “community” to modern city life?

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Read an excerpt here.

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