Repository logo

Painful injustices : clinical legal education and the pedagogy of suffering

dc.contributor.advisorKeet, Michaelaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMosher, Janeten_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCarter, Marken_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKleefeld, Johnen_US
dc.creatorBuhler, Sarah Marieen_US 2011en_US
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis, I argue that clinical law teaching requires a theoretical analysis and pedagogical framework to address law students’ encounters with social suffering in clinical law contexts. A critical “pedagogy of suffering”, I argue, would take at its starting point an acknowledgement of the importance of the law student-client encounter as a deeply important “pedagogical site” - a place where certain views about lawyering, law, and justice are played out, and therefore a place that ought to be the subject of close attention by clinical law scholars and teachers. I argue that a critical pedagogy of suffering would focus specifically on the presence of human suffering in many of these encounters. Such a pedagogy would seek to distill the ways in which larger social and systemic forces produce and distribute social suffering, and how the dominant legal gaze and dominant legal practice are too often incapable of assessing or responding to these forces. It would also work to challenge notions that emotions and suffering are apolitical and unrelated to progressive legal practice, and to build a conception that engaged, critical “witnessing” of social suffering by lawyers and law students might lead to passionate and thoughtful lawyering for social justice in clinical law settings.en_US
dc.subjectsocial sufferingen_US
dc.subjectlegal practiceen_US
dc.subjectclinical lawen_US
dc.subjectlegal pedagogyen_US
dc.subjectprofessional identityen_US
dc.titlePainful injustices : clinical legal education and the pedagogy of sufferingen_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US of Lawen_US of Lawen_US of Saskatchewanen_US of Laws (LL.M.)en_US


Original bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
Thumbnail Image
829.26 KB
Adobe Portable Document Format
License bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
No Thumbnail Available
905 B
Plain Text