Legal Education from the Perspective of Legal Practice

11 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2017 Last revised: 23 Dec 2017

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Michal Kielb

University of Silesia in Katowice - Poland Faculty of Law and Administration

Date Written: December 13, 2017

Abstract

English Abstract: One of the primary issues of the debate on the model of legal education is the relationship between theory taught at universities and skills necessary in legal practice. The choice between one model and another is commonly regarded as a dilemma. The aim of this article is to show that such a perception of the matter is a misunderstanding. Consequently, the solution to the issue is not advocating any of those seemingly opposite options, but their skillful and balanced combining. The success of their combination, in turn, involves a change in the manner of teaching, and not the subject. In order to justify the above thesis this paper presents a critical analysis of the model of modern Polish legal education, with the emphasis on its main drawbacks seen from the point of view of a legal practitioner. It determines the consequences of the educational model, and proposes a change.

Spanish Abstract: Uno de los principales temas objeto de debate sobre el modelo de enseñanza del Derecho es la relación entre la teoría que se imparte en las universidades y las competencias necesarias en la práctica del Derecho. La elección entre uno u otro modelo se considera un dilema. El objetivo de este artículo es mostrar que esa percepción es fruto de una comprensión errónea. En consecuencia, la solución no consiste en abogar por una de esas opciones aparentemente opuestas, sino en su combinación hábil y equilibrada. El éxito en combinarlas, a su vez, implica un cambio en la manera de enseñar, y no en el objeto de enseñanza. Para justificar esta tesis, el artículo presenta un análisis crítico del modelo de educación de Derecho actual de Polonia, con especial atención a sus principales desventajas, desde el punto de vista de un practicante del Derecho. Determina las consecuencias del modelo educativo actual y propone cambios.

Keywords: Legal education, legal skills, teaching approach, Enseñanza del Derecho, competencias jurídicas, enfoque pedagógico

Suggested Citation

Kielb, Michal, Legal Education from the Perspective of Legal Practice (December 13, 2017). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 7, No. 8, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3087131

Michal Kielb (Contact Author)

University of Silesia in Katowice - Poland Faculty of Law and Administration ( email )

Poland

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