This book on Legal Education was written based upon many of the author's experiences as professor and dean. The author noted that there is relatively few literature and research about legal education and felt it was necessary to discuss legal education in present times. The book focuses on many issues such as teaching itself, employability, mission and focus of law schools, the future of law schools in this age of internationalisation, student intake, the link with the labour markets and many other issues. One of the conclusions is that law schools will have to seek their own position and niche and that law schools will have different roles. This book also focuses on the need for law school deans and leaders to set clear missions and strategies and work towards education with all the necessary skills and knowledge, which the students can take with them far into the 21st century. No teaching as we did for many years, but analysing what lies ahead and what is needed for future careers.
Aalt Willem Heringa is a professor of (comparative) constitutional law in Maastricht University, Faculty of Law. He served as dean of that same faculty for eight years. In 2013 he was appointed co-dean of the China EU School of Law in Beijing. He has written extensively on constitutional law; his most recent books are Constitutions Compared, Intersentia 2012 (3rd ed. - with co-author Philip Kiiver) and Educating European Lawyers, Intersentia 2011 (with co-editor Bram Akkermans). Furthermore he is director of the Maastricht Montesquieu Institute.
Prologue PART A: GENERAL Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: For which Employment do we train Law Students? PART B: STUDENTS Chapter 3: Intake of Students Chapter 4: Knowledge of the Law Chapter 5: Skills Chapter 6: Selection and Exams PART C: CURRICULUM Chapter 7: Length of Curriculum Chapter 8: Didactics Chapter 9: Curriculum Design Chapter 10: Black Letter Law and Evaluation: Academic Training Chapter 11: Globalization and Comparative Law 1. Globalization (and Europeanization) 2. Comparative Law 3. Comments 4. International and Comparative Flavour 5. Exchanges and Study Abroad Chapter 12: Other Disciplines PART D: EVALUATION AND ORGANIZATION Chapter 13: Evaluations, benchmarks and rankings 1. Course and Curriculum Evaluation 2. Benchmarks and Rankings 3. Accreditation 4. Conclusion Chapter 14: Labour markets and regional links 1. Input from Legal Practice 2. Connections to Labour Markets and Regions Chapter 15: Organization and Leadership of a School/Faculty 1. Leadership 2. Organization 3. Faculty: Academic Staff, Expertise and Qualifications 4. Miscellaneous and Conclusions PART E: CONCLUSIONS AND EUROPEAN PROSPECTS Chapter 16: Conclusion Chapter 17: Postscript: Towards A European Legal Education? Bibliography