Subha Dhanaraj


moral development, legal education, moral teaching, moral education, Lawrence Kohlberg, Langdellian method


This Comment first outlines general conceptions of morality and moral development according to the widely accepted model promulgated by Professor Lawrence Kohlberg, and enunciates the importance of moral theory in the context of legal education. Next, it analyzes competing views of moral development and challenges some general concerns about the value of moral education in law schools. It then proposes the incorporation of moral teaching in the law school curriculum to remedy the disjunction between persona convictions and legal analysis stemming from the Langdellian method of legal training. Finally, it discusses the challenges to incorporating moral education into legal training. This Comment concludes that moral education is critical to producing compassionate, concerned legal professionals.



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