Enforcing ‘Externship’ in the Ethiopian Legal Education: A Critic Touching the Simulation
The International Journal Of Humanities & Social Studies, Vol 3 Issue 9 September, 2015
14 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2018
Date Written: 2015
Externship program, as a right medium for experiential learning opportunities, have become an increasingly important component of legal education. With this discourse, the latest Ethiopian legal education reform of 2006, introduced externship in company with clinical programs and skill courses with a view to produce competent law graduates that understand and serve the legal system and justice administration of the country. However, it seems to lack attention and it’s common to witness problems attributable to law schools, hosting organizations, the student and the school supervisor. And it’s time to question the implementation of this ten years old model.
Under this paper, after extensive review of literatures and legal documents with slight discussions and interviews with law school deans, instructors and students, an attempt is made to identify some of the particular responsibilities of these stakeholders. Primary, it is found that the absence of comprehensive and clear handbook that regulates the program’s ‘modus operandi’ has made them run the externship program without knowing the life and route. The existing course delivery is deceptive as compared to the practice in foreign law schools, where the program is administered by separate body and several externship programs are delivered throughout law school life and its management is even more austere than the delivery of other law courses. And I urgently recommend two things: the preparation of comprehensive handbook at national level and specific handbooks at school level and law schools shall urgently work in alerting students, instructors and hosting organizations on what the program is and its thesis of implementation as per the colossal objectives of the program.
Keywords: Ethiopian Legal Education, Experiential Learning, The 2006s Legal Curriculum, Externship
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