Jonny Hurst argues more should be done to prepare aspiring lawyers for face-to-face networking

According to Dr Deborah Jones of Brunel University, who gave evidence to the Oracy All-Party Parliamentary Group in 2021:“Reading and writing are viewed as pre-eminent to the detriment of talk in UK classrooms. Government policy, particularly in England, undervalues oracy, thus signalling to other sectors that spoken language is less important than reading and writing.”

I was also quoted in the same inquiry, acknowledging “the recruitment process is stacked against those who struggle with oracy”, as I am now seeing evidence of Dr Jones’ observations in postgraduate classrooms.

If you look at spoken language like a muscle and limit its opportunity to develop over time, is it any wonder a good prop...

Jonny Hurst
Senior lecturer

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