International and European Perspectives in Legal Education

I attended this conference in UCD on March 13, 2009.

I was a Legal Education Conference novice, but my studies at DIT on Third Level Learning and Teaching had awoken my curiosity about translating the theory and scholarship of learning and teaching into the legal context. In my experience, it feels like law schools have been teaching and assessing in the same way for hundreds of years.

It was therefore very heartening to see the innovation going on in Ireland and elsewhere and to pick up some ‘tips’ for future use. How easy to include a FAQ section on webcourses to help students with common queries?! How important is it to support a variety of transferable skills through clinical legal education! How necessary is the traditional closed book exam?

As usual, I’m overwhelmed with thoughts and possibilities. I already use a wiki (penalpolicy.pbwiki.com) and portfolio. Hopefully further change can occur to benefit students and lecturers alike.

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International and European Perspectives in Legal Education

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