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Addressing emotions in preparing ethical lawyers

Duncan, N. J. (2011). Addressing emotions in preparing ethical lawyers. (1st ed.) In: Maharg, P. & Maughan, C. (Eds.), Affect and Legal Education Emotion in Learning and Teaching the Law. Emerging Legal Learning. (pp. 257-282). Farnham: Ashgate.


This chapter analyses the part that emotion plays in the ethical choices made by law professionals and students. It notes how the division of undergraduate and postgraduate legal programmes in the UK has too often stranded the study of ethics in the professional stage, where the dominant approach has been a ‘didactic, code-compliance approach’. The chapter outlines alternative methods in use and, drawing upon neuroscientific as well as more classical experimental literature, it points out how powerful the role of empathy can be in the learning of ethics, though acknowledging it is not without its problems. Emphasising the place of moral courage in the development of ethics, it concludes by outlining approaches that use affect in the curriculum.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Used by permission of the Publishers from ‘Addressing emotions in preparing ethical lawyers’, in Affect and Legal Education ed. Paul Maharg and Caroline Maughan (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 257–282. Copyright © 2013
Publisher Keywords: legal education, legal ethics, professionalism, affective domain
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
K Law
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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