(Draft for discussion prepared by Dr. Julian Hermida)













·             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







Other recommendations