Skeptical Legal Education. How to Develop a Critical Attitude?
Klink, B.M.J. van
Vries, U. de
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Law teachers at the university want students to develop a critical attitude. But what exactly does it mean to be critical and why is it important to be critical? How can a critical attitude be promoted? In this article we intend to elucidate the role that critical thinking may play in legal education. We will introduce the idea of skeptical legal education, which is to a large extent based on Michael Oakeshott’s understanding of liberal learning but which relativizes its insistence on the non-instrumentality of learning and reinforces its critical potential. Subsequently, the article presents a teaching experiment, where students, based on self-organization, study and discuss fundamental texts. The experiment is meant to demonstrate the possibility of reflexivity in skeptical legal education.