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9 Professionalising Legal Education

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Legal education is an indispensable link in the Chinese legal system, particularly since China has pledged to govern the country in accordance with law. The teaching method of legal education in China is very traditional, i.e. the use of the most common pedagogical technique, mainly through lecturing, which is now criticised as too conservative since it does not promote healthy scepticism, intellectual curiosity and creativity. Legal education is not very much concerned with the needs and demands of the legal profession. Education programmes are carried out under the purview of the Ministry of Education. The phenomenon of "high scores and low capability" (gao feng di neng) graduates prevails. Nevertheless, while emphasis is placed on the integration of legal education into the legal profession, legal education should not incline itself too much to legal professional requirements without consideration of the nature of legal education.

Keywords: legal education; ministry of education

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