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Law students want more optional subjects

4 March 2006, 16:21

Three quarters of the law students would like to have more subjects to choose from in bachelor's programmes. One optional subject is not enough, in their opinion.

Three quarters of the law students would like to have more subjects to choose from in bachelor's programmes. One optional subject is not enough, in their opinion. Moreover, students would like to keep the subsidies for study travels abroad, and have more subjects in English. This is the outcome of an Internet poll held by student fraction Vrijspraak among 219 law students.

According to the poll results, the law students are opposed to the plan of the education board to abolish the subject Internationalization. If this subject is abolished, students will no longer be able to use three credit points for a study trip, for an open or free series of lectures with an international theme in Tilburg, or to choose an optional subject, for instance, at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. A subsidy of 250 euros used to be available for the study trip. Vrijspraak will do its best to keep the subsidy, although it might be lowered, said chairman of Vrijspraak, Rende Jan Hop.

The plan to reserve the last semester of the bachelor's for an exchange programme abroad is appreciated by the students. Although in the new situation, the normal courses for that semester can be taken abroad, the future lawyers think this shouldn't be at the expense of the Oefenrechtbank (Moot Court) and the bachelor's thesis, now part of the semester in question. Students who go abroad are expected to write a report and to present an oral defense of their experiences.

Student fraction Vrijspraak has often argued for more courses in English. Hop: "For quite some time we have made this our main point, and we are pleased to get this support now."

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