Event Date/Time: Dec 07, 2007 End Date/Time: Dec 07, 2007
Registration Date: Nov 30, 2007
Early Registration Date: Nov 30, 2007
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The Second Annual Legal Education Symposium will be held on Friday 7th December, 2007, in the Aula Maxima, University College Cork, Ireland. This Symposium to generously sponsored by Dillon Eustace solicitors. There is no charge to attend this Symposium, but advanced booking is essential as places are limited. Please register online.

Why this Symposium?
Parallel Roundtable discussion topics
Five Reasons to attend this Symposium


Why this symposium? [Top]
This is a challenging and uncertain time for higher education and legal education in particular. Traditional university structures are being debated, private institutions of higher education are emerging and competition between institutions for research funding is being encouraged by government. Notwithstanding this uncertainty law continues to appeal to large numbers of students every year, and law graduates are eagerly sought by employers in the public and private sectors. What are the expectations of legal education in the 21st century?The emphasis on research and development and the emergence of 4th level education has created new challenges for law schools in developing world class research programmes to meet the needs of the future. How does the graduate law school contribute to the knowledge based society?This symposium will bring together various parties with an interest in legal education including students, teachers, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and more – in the hope of enriching the debate and informing future decisions.The theme of the morning session will concern the under-graduate curriculum and will include a key-note address by Professor Joseph W Singer, from Harvard Law School describing recent curriculum reforms there.The afternoon session with provide an opportunity for delegates to learn more about the implications of “Fourth Level Ireland” for Law Schools.

Parallel Roundtable Discussion will examine issues such as: [Top]

Developing Practical Skills
Teaching with Technology
Joint Law Degrees
Pedagogy in Law
There will be ample opportunity for delegates to contribute their thoughts and views during the question and answer sessions.
Professor Celia Wells OBE will act as Rapporteur at the conclusion of the Symposium.

Five Reasons to Attend this Symposium [Top]

1. To learn about recent curriculum developments at Harvard Law School
2. To discuss the role of the undergraduate university law degree
3. To reflect on topical issues in legal education such as teaching with IT
4. To debate issues affecting doctoral and research programmes in graduate law schools
5. To share thoughts and views on teaching and research in the contemporary law school


University College Cork

Additional Information

For further information please contact gerard.murphy@ucc.ie or f.white@ucc.ie