The Cambodian Law Faculty: Blueprint for a Curriculum Rich in Research and Experiential Education
National University of Management Research Series 40 (Special Edition, 2015) (Phnom Penh)
16 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2016
Date Written: November 20, 2015
Cambodia’s law schools should provide a professional education for the future thinkers and leaders of a nation in the throes of rapid development and democratic transition. Experiential education, rigorous research and writing, and scholarly engagement are not only intrinsically important, but can distinguish one university from others in the country and from competitor schools in the ASEAN region. This paper urges that the law faculty offer courses and co-curricular activities that are appropriate for graduates at home or abroad in a variety of private and public employment settings, whether the focus is civil or criminal, transactional or social justice. Desirable attributes include: skills-based and clinical curriculum; scholarly pursuits; hiring of adjunct practitioner faculty members; external professional networks; real and virtual libraries; frequent and substantive communication with students (and parents); and development of a faculty esprit de corps and intermural intellectual community and engagement.
Keywords: Cambodia, comparative legal education, experiential legal education, professional skills
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