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Group 1: A. Basili – S. Martinelli – S. Zaccaria

                        Re-thinking Law School through innovation: Three Fundamental Steps

            Looking at the future has never appeared so frightful as at this moment. We are facing a new industrial

            revolution, the crisis of State sovereignty and the inevitable technical evolution in every-day life, also
            and  particularly  law  sources  and  legal  format.  Re-organizing  law  school  for  enabling  future  young

            lawyers to deal with what will come is a delicate but fundamental operation, for the future of scholars
            and, consequently, for our society.

            1.  First,  it  is  possible  to  analyze  the  current  law  school  to  find  some  preliminary  suggestions.
                 Students are often involved in frontal and non-interactive classes.  We need more courses which

                 can  help  students  improving  writing  and  debating  skills,  public  speaking,  research  methods,  in

                 order to let young students’ develop critical analysis.
                Ø  Fundamental Exams and Facultative Exams’ Organization.

                    Improvements  of  the  overmentioned  skills  could  not  be  achieved  if  not  with  a  strong
                    consolidation of legal study and reasoning. In order to improve it, it is better to start with the

                    traditional method for the fundamental classes, organized in the first three years of courses, and
                    suggest Universities to open various specializations (with different optional classes) for the last

                    two  years.  These  facultative  classes  should  follow  a  different  type  of  teaching  and  learning

                 Ø  Interactive learning experiences.
                    First  persons’  experiences  like  Moot  Court  Competitions  and  Law  Clinics  should  be

                    implemented. These elements would help students to improve the abovementioned skills, to see

                    the law in practice and to think and work, autonomously but guided, starting from a given case.
                    This last point could be an important aspect of the law school of the future and should be
                    better  explored  and  implemented,  in  order  to  help  future  lawyers  with  analyzing  these  new

                    problems. We cannot imagine what will come, but we can give some tools for managing the

                Ø  Various (and different) typologies of exams.

                    In Italy, the exams are in the large part oral. Writing should be re-introduced: two forms of
                    exams can be helpful:

                    •  The coursework/essay/final dissertation (as we want to call it) – The final dissertation is
                        an individual or group classwork (depending on the number of students attending classes)

                        in which scholars are engaged in drafting and public presenting a little final essay on a topic

                        of the course program. Using this kind of work (which could integrate part of the final
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