Lawyers, Social Mobility & Employability: The Challenge for Legal Education


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Posted on 18 November 2013

Professor Andrew Francis, Head of the School of Law at Keele, will give the third lecture in Keele University's programme of Inaugural Professorial Lectures 2013-14, on Tuesday, 26 November 2013, in the Westminster Theatre, Chancellor's Building, on the University campus.

He says Legal Education within England and Wales stands at an important crossroads following the publication of the recommendations of the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR). Alongside this, there is continued concern about social mobility and the legal profession. An important context for these developments is the employability agenda with UK higher education.

Drawing on a series of empirical research projects, his lecture, Lawyers, Social Mobility & Employability: The Challenge for Legal Education, will argue that the widely held concerns about social mobility and the legal profession cannot be addressed by a de-contextualised acceptance of the employability agenda into legal education. On the other hand, a rejection of any employment related learning activity (whether skills or knowledge based) is equally unlikely to tackle the enduring patterns of limited social mobility in terms of entry to the legal profession. The drive to enhance social mobility within the legal profession has to be a shared endeavour of partnership involving a range of different stake-holders.

Professor Andrew Francis is Head of the School of Law, and an Academic Fellow of Inner Temple. He has published widely on legal education and the legal profession including, At the Edge of Law (Ashgate). His next project seeks to investigate Generational Change and the Legal Profession.

Keele's programme of Inaugural Lectures are given by newly established professors within the University and aim to give an illuminating account of the speaker's own subject specialism. The lectures, which start at 6 pm in the Westminster Theatre, are chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett.

This lecture is free and open to all.


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