Archive for law

In Defense of the Hazardous Tool of Legal Blogging

Posted in research with tags , on 7 January 2011 by Steve

“On the occasion of my very first post on EJIL:Talk! – at the invitation of its editors – on the current duality of government in Côte d’Ivoire (see here), I have deemed it necessary to post a separate note on the ‘art’ of legal blogging …” (more)

[Jean d’Aspremont, EJIL, 6 January]


Law on iTunes U

Posted in teaching with tags , on 4 January 2011 by Steve

“A couple of years ago I posted on the few offerings about law that were available on iTunes U, Apple’s semi-successful attempt to corral some serious podcasts and videos. I’ve had another look and find that the corpus has grown …” (more)

[Simon Fodden, slaw, 3 January]

Rebuilding a Law Library, Part 3: Is There a Place for Law Reports?

Posted in research with tags , on 16 December 2010 by Steve

“… Fact is, our extensive collections of bound law reports are no longer used. Osgoode’s have been in storage for over a year as the new library is being built, and no one has missed them …” (more)

[Louis Mirando, Slaw, 16 December]

Opportunity to study law in university of the ether

Posted in research with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“A few weeks ago I launched an unusual book at my university in London, the London School of Economics (LSE). Not a word of it had yet been written. When it is finished, The Rights Future will track the history, politics and various possible futures that lie in store for that most dynamic of contemporary notions, human rights …” (more)

[Conor Gearty, Irish Times, 15 November]

Law lecturers sue Portobello College over ‘bullying’

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 24 January 2010 by Steve

“Three law lecturers at Dublin Business School, including the dean of the law school, have taken High Court actions for bullying and harassment. John O’Keeffe, Mary Rose Molloy and Lesley Anne Walter are all suing Kitagarth Services, which was acquired by the owner of DBS, Kaplan Inc, and trades as Portobello College …” (more)

[Kieron Wood, Sunday Business Post, 24 January]

King’s Inns accreditation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 18 January 2010 by Steve

“Dublin Business School’s law degree has had its King’s Inns accreditation renewed …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 January]

Access to legal traineeships conditional

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 20 December 2009 by Steve

“Law graduates from a European Union country who want to complete a legal traineeship in another EU member state may need to prove broad and in-depth knowledge of the national law of the host country, according to the European Court of Justice …” (more)

[Anca Gurzu, University World News, 20 December]

Law students quit DBS over degree recognition

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 2 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Almost 100 law students have quit their courses at Dublin Business School (DBS) and gone to rival colleges, because of fears about the recognition of their degree. Law graduates who want to go to the Bar must study at the King’s Inns, which recognises a number of law degrees. But there is continuing doubt about its recognition of the DBS Irish law degree, which is validated by the University of Wales and delivered by Portobello law school, now part of DBS …” (more)

[Kieron Wood, Sunday Business Post, 1 November]

Course fee refund in row on accreditation

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 30 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“First-year law students at a private college are being offered their money back because of a problem over the recognition of their course by the King’s Inns. The students, who paid €5,700 a year to Portobello College in Dublin, are also being offered the option of transferring to Griffith College. Law graduates who want to become barristers must have an approved law degree to sit entrance examinations for King’s Inns, the training body for barristers …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 30 October]

DBS law students fear loss of King’s Inns recognition

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 26 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“More than 30 students who were studying law at a Dublin private college have left and enrolled in rival institutions because of fears that the King’s Inns will refuse to recognise their degrees. Law graduates who wish to become barristers must have an approved law degree to sit the King’s Inns entrance examinations. The Inns is refusing to clarify whether the course at Dublin Business School (DBS) is approved …” (more)

[Kieron Wood, Sunday Business Post, 25 October]

More practice needed in legal education

Posted in teaching with tags , on 19 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Historically, law study at third-level institutions in Ireland and in other common law jurisdictions was theory-based and took place exclusively in lecture halls. Law, however, is both an academic and a vocational discipline. Accordingly, law schools in every other common law jurisdiction have embraced the role of practice in legal education, but Irish law schools still lag far behind. Law schools elsewhere have incorporated law practice primarily, though not exclusively, by promoting and investing in clinical legal education programmes …” (more)

[Larry Donnelly, Irish Times, 19 October]

King’s Inns fails to tell students whether it recognises degree

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 12 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“King’s Inns has not accredited the first year of the law degree for Dublin Business School (DBS). It is understood that a number of students who signed up for the three-year course at €5,700 a year have now demanded the return of their fees, and have applied for law courses at other colleges. Law graduates who wish to study to become barristers must have a primary law degree approved by the King’s Inns …” (more)

[Kieron Wood, Sunday Business Post, 11 October]

New definition of ‘legal battle’

Posted in Life with tags , , on 2 October 2009 by Steve

UK“Fights broke out as law students queued for up to 11 hours last night to secure the dissertation supervisor of their choice at Brunel University. More than 100 students queued outside Brunel Law School overnight in the hope of working with their preferred academic, after the school introduced a first-come, first-served supervisor-allocation system. Staff began allocating supervisors at 7am this morning, but the university said today that it would rethink the system to ensure there is ‘no repeat’ of the problems …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 1 October]

Law scholars object to minister’s ‘selfish’ charge

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 30 September 2009 by Steve

Scotland“A claim made by Kenny MacAskill, Scotland’s Justice Secretary, that law schools north of the border are putting their interests above those of their students has been dismissed as ‘ill-informed’ by Scottish academics. Minutes from a meeting between Mr MacAskill and the Law Society of Scotland, released under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal that just one in four law graduates in the country find a job in the profession …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 30 September]

Dublin Business School to discuss law degree validation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 28 September 2009 by Steve

“King’s Inns is to meet senior officials from Dublin Business School (DBS) tomorrow to discuss whether to continue validating the school’s law degree. DBS began offering a degree in Irish law in 2007, following its takeover of the law school at Dublin’s Portobello College, which offered a degree validated by the University of Wales. Since the takeover, a number of law lecturers have left DBS. Law graduates who wish to become barristers can take an entry examination for the King’s Inns degree if they have a primary law degree approved by the Inns. But the King’s Inns website removed the schedule of approved degrees from its website two weeks ago, and is refusing to tell prospective law students whether it recognises the DBS degree …” (more)

[Kieron Wood, Sunday Business Post, 27 September]

Figures show divide in medicine courses

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 26 August 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The children of doctors, solicitors and other ‘higher professional’ groupings continue to dominate entry to third level courses in medicine, law and similar professions, according to new figures by the Higher Education Authority. Preliminary data on the socio-economic backgrounds of last year’s higher education entrants reveals that although ‘higher professionals’ make up just 5% of the overall population, their children take 33% of medicine places each year …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 August]

The Governance and Administration of Irish Universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 24 April 2009 by Steve

Ireland“There are seven universities in the Republic of Ireland, with a combined annual budget in excess of one billion euro. While the sources of their funds vary from one institution to another, it is estimated that more than ninety percent of their combined budgets is derived from public sources. Given the significant public funds involved, the way in which universities are governed and administered should be a significant issue for public debate. Regrettably, there has been little public debate to date of the effectiveness with which Irish universities are governed, and of the day-to-day administration of a major national public resource. The issues involved fall naturally into two groups: the legal and statutory framework within which universities operate, which is discussed below in Part I; and the political and administrative structures in which the universities operate, which is outlined in Part II. Finally, Part III offers a brief review of what happens when things go wrong …” (more)

[Watchdog on Higher Education in Ireland, 23 April]