Many university graduates later become influential members of the community, particularly law school graduates. Whether as legal advisers, consultants, politicians, judges or social activists, law school graduates inevitably play an important role in ensuring that the present legal system is efficient and effective. They challenge that system and advocate for change when it is warranted. The aim of this text is to prepare law students for this important role by developing their critical thinking about legal claims and arguments, about the nature of law, and about law's role in society. After studying this text, students will be able to: exercise an ability to think critically about legal rules, doctrines, claims, arguments, decisions and actions; articulate a broad understanding of the process of formal legal reasoning; the theoretical, ideological and ethical foundations of law, legal education and legal practice; and various cultural and critical perspectives on law and its role in society; demonstrate a critical disposition, that is, the personal traits associated with being a critical thinker.
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