What’s taught in undergraduate law schools?

In the light of the ongoing debate on legal education, I’ve been doing some analysis of undergraduate curricula.  For a bit of fun, I have put the course names of undergraduate courses from just over 30 law schools into Wordle.

From that perspective, this is one way of thinking about how undergraduate legal education looks at the minute.

I should warn those not familiar with how wordle works that the size of text is related to the frequency with which particular words are used those this graphic picks up the most common course names (land law and property courses will be similar but will look smaller because they have two common names rather than one).

I’d be really interested in reader’s thoughts….

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About Richard Moorhead

Director of the Centre for Ethics and Law and Professor of Law and Professional Ethics at the Faculty of Laws, University College London with an interest in teaching and research on the legal ethics, the professions, legal aid, access to justice and the courts.
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3 Responses to What’s taught in undergraduate law schools?

  1. EAW says:

    While all of these courses may be offered it would be of equal interest to see which of them are the most heavily subscribed to. You would imagine that there would be some correlation between the two (as unpopular courses/modules will not last long if they are only optional elements of a degree).
    Assessing the level of popularity of various courses might also indicate what direction undergraduates are hoping to move in once they complete their studies.

  2. John Flood says:

    Parts of your Wordle surprised me. The clear domination of EU law and Criminal Law is odd. I couldn’t find anything about justice or the profession. Indeed it was all substantive and no process. Apart from perhaps Jurisprudence there were no meta-subjects of prominence. I suppose this means lawyers or legal academics don’t teach/think/reflect on what they do.

    • Richard Moorhead says:

      I didn’t find it odd (and actually I was slightly surprised by how common jurisprudence was). Some of the more reflective courses are in there but they are much rarer and of course the foundations subjects dominate. It is generally law law more law and a bit of gender/criminology. These Unis were chosen (a little arbitrarily) as Russel Group-types. Make of that what you will….;-)

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