Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I am seeking collaborators on a study to compare the testing traditions in civil law law schools with those in U.S. law schools.
I am currently collaborating with professors from the Facultad Libre de Derecho in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico to learn the types of exams that Mexican law students take. We hope to expand the study to include professors from law schools throughout the civil law world.
As more and more civil law students study in U.S. law schools, it is important that U.S. professors have an idea of the exams to which their students are accustomed. Many U.S. professors are convinced that the foreign law students simply "don`t speak English." Since I know for a fact that many speak and write very well, I am convinced that we need to look much more deeply at this question.
For example, do civil law students receive a "fact pattern" to which they must apply the law? This is the classic final examination that U.S. law students take for three years, and is also the testing format for most of the state bar examinations.
The goal of this project is to educate U.S. law professors about the examination expectations of their foreign law students.
This is Phase One. In subsequent phases, I hope to include professors from other common law jurisdictions, as well.
Juli V. Campagna, Guest Blogger