n Education as Change - Toward a discursive legal education

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1682-3206
  • E-ISSN: 1947-9417
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This paper argues that the pedagogical practice and methods of assessment within South African law schools should be altered. With reference to the philosophical writings of Michel Foucault and Paolo Freire the author postulates that within a democracy, law schools should endeavour to ensure through regular multiple methods of assessment (rather then the examination which remains the dominant method of evaluation) that their students become skilled lawyers. The author argues that presently, law schools fail to adequately train highly skilled lawyers due to the preponderant reliance on examinations as the primary method of assessment.

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