Legal Skills for Citizens of Change

The Leicester Law School is hosting a one-day legal education conference to cover legal skills and inequality, tech and professional skills.

This is a one-day conference that is taking place with funding support from the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE). It is organised by Leicester Law School and specifically: Dr Maribel Canto-Lopez, Dr Arwen Joyce, and Dr Nataly Papadopoulou.

There will be three panels with the following themes:

1. Legal Skills and Socio-economic Inequality;

2. Tech Skills in the Law School;

3. Professional Skills in the Law School.

The event concludes with reflections from a panel consisting of students and alumni.

Please book your free ticket via Eventbrite.

Please see the full agenda below (click to view / download a PDF of the agenda)


Dr Maribel Canto-Lopez, University of Leicester, was awarded research funding from ALDinHD to research:

Students’ perceptions on the need to introduce employability skills on their degree: the vocational v liberal dichotomy.

This study looked mainly at what students perceive as the skills they need for the world of work. The requirement of producing employable graduates is being ‘arguably’ pushed into Higher Education more than ever, but there is no clear picture regarding what students think about what employability skills are and how they want them integrated, if at all, in their degrees. For the past eight years, Leicester Law School have developed a model to introduce group work and professional writing skills into different subjects; through quantitative and qualitative data they can confirm that learners do approve and want the university to continue with embedding these skills into the curriculum. However, it is time to start thinking together with our students what are the attributes that according to them will make them more useful in society. Will those be different from what employers, government and professional bodies, parents or teachers are endorsing? It is the right time to re-think together with students, through qualitative data, what are the attributes graduates should be aiming for, and whether there is discrepancy between what will make them employable and/or better citizens.

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