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Neoliberalism, privatisation and marketisation: The implications for legal education in England and Wales

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posted on 2023-11-21, 00:20 authored by Anil Balan

This study discusses the impact of neoliberalism on legal education in England and Wales and the challenges and opportunities it presents. Neoliberalism is characterised by a focus on economic efficiency, competition, and individual responsibility, which can result in the commodification of education. The adoption of neoliberal policies in legal education has led to an increase in the number of law students and institutions offering legal education, with private providers playing a more prominent role. However, in light of recent developments in legal education and training, there are concerns about the equity and fairness of access to education, the quality of education provided, and the accountability of private providers. This study suggests several ways to address these challenges, such as promoting student-centred learning, incorporating vulnerability theory, and fostering student-staff partnerships and recommends a fundamental readjustment of legal education in order to equip graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge.