Reasons why law students should have access to learning law through a skills based approach

Juliet Turner, Alison Bone, Jeanette Ashton

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The Legal Education and Training Review identified gaps in law students’ key skills development and this paper considers how skills training in three key areas of mooting, negotiation and client interviewing can be maximised so that law students have a sense of themselves as lawyer as well as law student from the beginning of their legal education. The research identifies numerous benefits to learning law through skills- based activities, but also discovers some possible apprehensions about participating from a student perspective. This paper draws on data taken from students who engaged in short-term optional courses in client interviewing, negotiation and/or mooting and considers the responses to a survey conducted prior to participation, a reflective survey post-completion and a focus group exercise. In total 64 students responded to the questionnaire. The research explores the expected and actual benefits of participating in the courses, discusses how these impact on students’ perceptions of their employability and the types of activities considered most valuable. The article considers how, in light of the research, experiential learning can be put to best use within the law curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalThe Law Teacher
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2016


  • Skills-based activities
  • experiential learning
  • employability and professionalism


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