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    Field trips as short-term experiential learning activities in legal education

    Higgins, Noelle and Dewhurst, Elaine and Watkins, Los (2012) Field trips as short-term experiential learning activities in legal education. The Law Teacher, 46 (2). pp. 165-178. ISSN 0306-9400

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    Field trips offer students the opportunity to learn in a real-world setting and bridge the gap between theory and practice. To date, there has been a dearth of both theoretical and empirical research into the use and effectiveness of field trips as a pedagogic tool in legal education. This article seeks to fill this gap, first by analysing the current research on the use of field trips in higher education across different disciplines and the reported advantages and disadvantages of such usage, and secondly by providing empirical evidence on the benefits of such activities from a field trip, “Living the Law: A Tour of Legal Dublin”, undertaken with students in Dublin City University, Ireland. The tour involved visits to important legal establishments in the city of Dublin, including the Supreme Court, the training institutions of barristers and solicitors in Ireland and a premier legal firm. The article analyses feedback from the students who took this trip on the benefits of such a learning experience.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at Noelle Higgins , Elaine Dewhurst & Los Watkins (2012) Field trips as short-term experiential learning activities in legal education, The Law Teacher, 46:2, 165-178,DOI: 10.1080/03069400.2012.681231 . © 2012 The Association of Law Teachers
    Keywords: Field trips; experiential learning activities; legal education;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 5886
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    Depositing User: Noelle Higgins
    Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 16:33
    Journal or Publication Title: The Law Teacher
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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