PROGRAM REVIEW

(Draft for discussion prepared by Dr. Julian Hermida)

 

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF THE LAW AND JUSTICE PROGRAMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·             The programs should provide students with a broad liberal education different from professional legal education taught in Law Schools. Thus, they should move away from professional issues and should not focus on law as a professional tool. Law should not be treated as a subject for professionals and practitioners who must understand the law to use it to serve the interests of their clients. The teaching of Law should not be reduced to the analysis of rules as applied to facts by dissecting predominantly contemporaneous edited appellate decisions of the jurisdiction where the school is located. Instead, law should be conceived as a social institution, and the teaching of Law should include a historical and contemporary analysis of different legal traditions and legal cultures through a myriad of theoretical legal perspectives and by profiting from the contributions of other Social Science disciplines.

 

·             The Law and Justice program should focus on the following areas: (i) legal theories, (ii) law across legal traditions and legal cultures, and (iii) the contribution of other disciplines to the study of law. Students should have to take courses from each of these areas.

 

·             These three broad areas could include some of the following courses or a combination of these or similar courses:

 

 

 

Legal Theory

 

 

 

Legal Traditions and Legal Cultures

 

 

 

 

Interdisciplinary study of Law

 

 

 

Proposed learning outcomes of the Law and Justice programs

 

First year

 

General learning outcomes to be taught by faculty outside Law and Justice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specific learning outcomes to be taught by Law and Justice faculty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd and 3rd years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

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