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The Failure to Operationalize: The Imperfect Realization of Canadian Contract Law Professors’ Capacious Aspirations for Legal Education

David Sandomierski, Visiting Scholar, Osgoode Hall Law School

Published April 19, 2018 by Technologies of Justice.

On January 27, 2018, David Sandomierski presented a talk on the failure to operationalize and the imperfect realization of Canadian contract law professors' capacious aspirations for legal education during the Technologies of Justice Conference session on legal education. The conference took place at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.



Sandomierski asked the question, “To what extent are law professors putting into practice their aspirations for legal education?” Some of the questions brought up over the discussion during the video covered ideas from theory to personal practice, as well as teaching versus more practical knowledge in the sphere of legal studies.
When you teach theory for the purpose of theory, does you produce better lawyers? Do the theories of law professors make it into the professor’s personal practices? Sandomierski discussed foundational theories on law and what defines them, as well as the holistic vision of a lawyer as a citizen in the eyes of a professor as an ideal aspiration for their students. He reasoned between the ideas of formalists versus realists in practice and theory in the professional field and conducted a statistical review of law professors' practices in teaching and thinking.