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3 Law & Human. iii (2009)

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Paul Raffield and Gary Watt
This issue of Law and Humanities contains five major, full-length articles on a wide range
of subjects, four of which concern the representation of law in different areas of artistic
endeavour: figurative art of the High Renaissance period (Ronnie Lippens); 19th-century
political caricature in Europe, with a special focus upon France and the work of Honord
Daumier (Robert Goldstein); the 19th-century novel, with particular reference to Dickens'
Bleak House (Gary Watt); and the symbology of animals and its manifestation in the
literature of classical and Christian bestiaries (Piyel Haldar). The fifth article was
presented by Ian Ward as the keynote paper of the Learning in Law Annual Conference
(the principal networking event of the United Kingdom Centre for Legal Education) on
'Concepts of Culture in Legal Education', hosted by the University of Warwick in January
2009. (That paper is also published online with the Web Journal of Current Legal Issues,
and we are grateful to the editors for sharing it with us.) In addition, we include three
book reviews on subjects as diverse as the office writings of Franz Kafka; judicial thinking
and behaviour; and the depiction of women and crime in the English novel of the 18th
and 19th centuries.
Entitled'Legal Education and the Democratic Imagination;, the fundamental theme
of Professor Ward's article concerns the purpose of university law schools, the intellectual
breadth of the undergraduate law curriculum, and the methods by which the subjects on
that curriculum are taught. He expresses many of our concerns regarding the form and
content of legal education, notably that the foundational knowledge of all lawyers should
be developed in the context of a 'humane' educational environment: one which
acknowledges the correlation between art, history, literature, philosophy, politics and law.
Legal education should seek to locate law students in a wider community than that of
the classroom or the law library, encouraging them to consider their intellectual and civic
relationship with (and responsibilities towards) their peers and the world beyond the law
school and the university campus.
It is axiomatic of curricula offered by university law schools that they should provide
undergraduates with foundations for successful careers as solicitors or barristers.
Increasingly, though, the two branches of the legal profession are recruiting students with
first degrees in subjects other than law; non-law graduates are able to proceed to the
vocational stage of training, with minimal disruption to their careers, by completing a
short conversion course. Conversely, increasing numbers of law graduates are exploring


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