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Tilburg University: Law starts top class

10 February 2007, 17:55

Next academic year, the Faculty of Law will start a top class for the better bachelor's students. In addition to the standard study programme, the top-class students will take classes with extra depth.

Next academic year, the Faculty of Law will start a top class for the better bachelor's students. In addition to the standard study programme, the top-class students will take classes with extra depth.

The top-class formula, which focuses attention on motivation and inspiration, is unique in Tilburg University, and means extra work for both students and teachers. Although the top class has some elements in common with the university-wide honours programme, it distinguishes itself by focusing on the legal field.

It also aims to bridge the different areas covered by the Law programmes. This makes the top class a logical breeding ground for the faculty's research master's, according to Dean Philip Eijlander. "But it is certainly not a strict condition."

The top class starts in the second bachelor's year and admits only the very best first-year students. These students need to be among the top ten per cent of their year and need to attain a certain average in credits and final grades.

According to Eijlander, about thirty Law students meet these requirements each year. High demands will be made on the top-class candidates, such as compulsory preparation and attendance. After completing the programme, the students will receive a 'bachelor's with honours'.

In spite of the lack of compensation in time and money, a number of excellent professors have promised to participate in the top class. "We certainly want to compensate this somehow, but it is also a matter of enthusiasm." According to Eijlander, both teachers and students have plenty of that.

"During a discussion with fraction Vrijspraak, many students said that they would like to have participated themselves. It is important to them that the top class doesn't become a separate class, but a leading group, which can pull other students along." [SD/transl.YV]

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