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Building a European-Oriented Law Curriculum

Maastricht European Private Law Institute Working Paper No. 2011/17

21 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2011  

Nicole Kornet

Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI); Maastricht University - METRO Institute; Maastricht University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: April 11, 2011

Abstract

The Europeanisation of law and legal practice calls for the education of a new generation of law graduates; “European” law graduates who are comfortable with different jurisdictions, who can quickly understand a new legal system, who can identify the common European or international origins of divergent national laws and who can solve transnational legal problems. With its focus on national law, the traditional law curriculum is ill-suited to educating such “European” law graduates. Legal education therefore needs to undergo a reorientation, and requires the development of a European-oriented law curriculum taught from a comparative and European perspective. This paper aims to identify some of the building blocks of a European-oriented law curriculum and to illustrate how it can be implemented by looking at Maastricht University’s European Law School - English Language Track.

Keywords: Europeanisation of legal education, comparative legal education, European law graduates, European Law School

Suggested Citation

Kornet, Nicole, Building a European-Oriented Law Curriculum (April 11, 2011). Maastricht European Private Law Institute Working Paper No. 2011/17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1806916 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1806916

Nicole Kornet (Contact Author)

Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) ( email )

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, NL-6200 MD
Netherlands

Maastricht University - METRO Institute ( email )

PO Box 616
Maastricht, 6200 MD
Netherlands

Maastricht University - Faculty of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, 6200
Netherlands

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