Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Trigger Warnings For Oxford Law Students ‘Distressed’ By Crime In Criminal Law Class

Oxford (2016)HeatStreet, Trigger Warnings for Oxford Law Students ‘Distressed’ by Crime:

Oxford students studying criminal law have been told they can duck of lectures if they find the crimes they cover upsetting.

Aspiring barristers at the prestigious school now have the option of skipping teaching on “potentially distressing” acts if they do not feel up to it.

Lecturers have been told to start providing trigger warnings at the start of potentially upsetting segments so that students can leave.

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And prospective surgeons can skip anything where they might encounter blood, because it might "trigger" them?

Posted by: ruralcounsel | May 11, 2016 5:00:54 AM

A generation hence cultural historians will have to go to great effort to convince those reading them that, "No, I'm not trying to trick you. There really were people like this back then." And that's assuming we managed to put an end to this madness. We may not.

Many of can remember when it was assumed that a univrsity education left you better—rather than worse—prepared to face the ups and downs of life. Not so anymore.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | May 11, 2016 7:40:45 AM

I need a trigger warning for articles like this. I am ashamed to just barely be a millennial.

Posted by: Kenny.login | May 11, 2016 9:40:58 AM

another mile marker on the road to hell

Posted by: galzu | May 11, 2016 10:00:08 AM

So an injured rape victim with post-traumatic stress, who wants to be a shipping lawyer, should have to go into the details of rape case facts that bring back that trauma?

Posted by: Edward | May 11, 2016 10:13:01 AM

Okay maybe they shouldn't be allowed to "duck of lectures", but you shouldn't have ducked out of English lectures either :)

Posted by: maxximillian | May 11, 2016 10:16:59 AM

Unless graduates will be able to skip "potentially distressing" aspects of their work as practising lawyers, this is not helping prepare them for the real world.

Posted by: Paul Wilson | May 11, 2016 11:22:27 AM

Just another excuse to miss class, do less work and coast along. These students will make for terrible lawyers.

Posted by: SlothB77 | May 11, 2016 11:22:30 AM

I hated paying taxes and found it distressing when I owed, I could've skipped Federal Taxation. The Professor Caron's of the world would have to take gigs competing with me for three bill retail thefts.

Posted by: Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King | May 11, 2016 2:15:47 PM

Looking at it from another angle and based upon my professional experiences, most of my criminal (US) is centered around some form of theft (mostly retail), possession of drugs, illegal gun possession, Driving while Suspended and Simple/Domestic Battery. I have had one or two grotesque crimes....I know most criminal guys practices look like maybe the gory crimes are really just for TV and outliers....

Posted by: Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King | May 11, 2016 2:22:07 PM

Just the lawyer I want when I need one. The one that has a selective knowledge of law.
I can't agree with the reasoning cited above about the rape victim. Just because a worst case scenario can be imagined for a given situation doesn't mean the issue should be handled based on it. I think the point is to get a complete education. What about a rape victim that wants to be an legal advocate for other victims? Everyone handles life in their own fashion; lowering the bar (no pun intended) helps no one.

Posted by: Mike Urry | May 11, 2016 3:33:15 PM

Why am I not surprised this is in the U.K.? No worries though, soon they'll do away with lawyers altogether as it will be deemed cruel and unusual to subject criminals to any form of prosecution or punishment because it might 'distress' them.

Posted by: Person McPersonface | May 11, 2016 7:05:47 PM

"who wants to be a shipping lawyer"

As if a law school student really has much of a clue (or choice) what area of law they will actually end up practicing in.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | May 12, 2016 4:40:40 AM