'Failed Sociologists' in the Market Place: Law Schools in Australia

Christine Parker, Andrew Goldsmith

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    This paper traces the stunted evolution of Australian law faculties from 'trade schools' to liberal law schools. Higher education funding cuts and increased accountability to a government that is throwing the universities onto the competition of the market now combine with the traditional influence of a conservative profession to put Australian law schools in a precarious position. We argue that Australian law schools should transform themselves by embracing the contradictory position they inhabit, and using it to develop a broader concept of the legal knowledge they pass on and the legal practice for which they prepare their students.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-50
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Law and Society
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 1998


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