2.1 The idea of law
Our ideas about law are shaped through the images we have seen and encounters we have. These affect our expectations of law as an area of study, practice and its role in society. They also have an impact on our reaction to legal interventions and legal cases. Law tends to be something we encounter when something has gone awry. The next activity asks you to think about the meaning of law and your own impressions of law.
Activity 2 Perceptions of law
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An understanding of law, the legal system and law's role in society can be empowering. Law however, as mentioned above, has an image problem. This may not be entirely undeserved with the traditional images of lawyers and courtrooms that are often found in the media and in dramas. Such images can however be a barrier to accessibility to justice and an understanding of the role played by law within society.
You should now watch the following video, in which Professor Simon Lee discusses the importance of keeping an open mind when thinking about the law.