The Revolutionary Potential of Law School

Ben Wardle

Abstract


This paper highlights the experiences at law school that transformed a self-interested, consumerist with dreams of becoming a corporate lawyer into a critical legal theorist concerned with social justice, sustainability, and Indigenous sovereignty. While the paper tells the story of one person’s experiences at law school it arguably highlights some key barriers to critical thought and an array of teaching methods and course content within single law courses and across the law program that can bring about radical shifts in consciousness.


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A Articles/Books/Reports

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