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Tilburg University: more courses in English at Law Faculty

22 December 2006, 11:38

On Thursday 9 November the Law faculty council will decide on the introduction of more English-language courses at the department of European and International Public Law.

On Thursday 9 November the Law faculty council will decide on the introduction of more English-language courses at the department of European and International Public Law. If the proposal passes, the 'moot court', which prepares third-year students for arguing cases in front of real judges, will be conducted in English as well.

Earlier this year the faculty of Law introduced a special week-long English-language programme, the English legal language skills (Ells) course. The new proposal aims to extend this emphasis on English language skills. "As the name suggests, European and International Public Law is a very international programme", says education coordinator Loet van Wijk, "and we are getting more and more students from outside the Netherlands."

In addition, she points out, last year's Bachelor's evaluation showed that Dutch students would also like an increase in English-language courses. "Many of our students go on to do an English Master's and that is a big step if you do not have any previous experience of courses in English".

Van Wijk does not feel that an English-language 'moot court' would pose too big a challenge for students: "The curriculum will be structured in such a way that students will have had courses in English, will have read the literature in English, and will have written and presented papers in English before completing their Bachelor's with an appearance before the 'moot court'."

She adds that the 'moot court' includes a general module, which will continue to be in Dutch, and a specialized module, which will put more emphasis on English. If the proposal passes, the students who started their Bachelor's in European and International Public Law will be participating in the 'European and International Law Chamber'

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