Title: A primer on higher education in the 21st century: the university as a whole and contributions made by law schools

Authors: Ronald Charles Griffin

Addresses: Washburn University, 1700 College, Topeka, Kansas, USA; College of Law, Florida A&M University, Orlando, Florida, USA

Abstract: Citizens live within their unit's belief systems and superstitions. Truth is derived from family narratives, stories spun by old friends, outbursts from neighbours, barbers, religious figures, and priests. Certainty and comfort come from living in these spaces. But there is a wider world out there with characters doing things that conflict with routine. Higher education illuminates this realm. Legal education predicts what authorities will do about their antics and, while this is a laudable undertaking in the abstract, legal education should do more. It should arm the next generation with tools to cope with cultural ruptures, social confusion, dislocations, avatars, and violence in cyberspace. This article strings together some ideas, insights, and proposals to deal with these challenges.

Keywords: higher education; synthesised knowledge; universities; law schools; legal education; cultural ruptures; social confusion; dislocations; avatars; violence; cyberspace.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLAP.2015.071040

International Journal of Public Law and Policy, 2015 Vol.5 No.2, pp.109 - 136

Published online: 06 Aug 2015 *

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