Challenging Exchange Programs: Studying the Common Law and Civil Law Systems in a Joint Law Degree

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Title: Challenging Exchange Programs: Studying the Common Law and Civil Law Systems in a Joint Law Degree
Authors: Paris, Marie-Luce
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Date: Apr-2009
Abstract: The demands of globalization have put greater pressure to internationalize the university law curriculum in order to prepare students as lawyers. This is particularly relevant in the context of the European Union. A particularly challenging type of programme regarded as a potentially useful tool to further the internationalization and integration of European higher education and to make the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) a reality is the joint degree. It is broadly defined as a degree awarded on the basis of completion of a study programme established and provided jointly by two or more higher education institutions, normally located in different countries. This paper offers a case study on a particular joint law degree which involves the study of the two major legal systems of common law and civil law – namely the University College Dublin Bachelor of Civil Law/Maîtrise (Irish/English law and French law) Degree. While emphasis is put on the challenges and benefits of teaching and learning in such a degree, the experience is put into perspective with other exchange programmes involving French legal studies. Sustaining a whole range of exchange programmes in a law school prompts wider reflections on how to meet the paradoxical challenge of diversity and integration in the context of European legal education.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: European Law Faculties Association
Keywords: Curriculum designDiversityDouble degreeDual degreeEuropean Higher Education AreaFrench lawJoint degreeLegal educationLegal terminology
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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