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Constitutional Study and Education in the era of Law School System

  • DONG-A LAW REVIEW
  • 2012, (54), pp.67-106
  • Publisher : The Institute for Legal Studies Dong-A University
  • Research Area : Social Science > Law

Sung, NakIn 1

1서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

Following the adoption of the Law School system, a new era for the legal education has clearly begun. Legal studies at the universities that have either adopted the law school system or not are not only important but its programs have also proven to be still standing. Yet it is to note that a more practical and realistic education purpose needs to be established along with changes in the education system made thereof. As much as it is necessary to provide professional legal education and research, we cannot undermine the importance of a more pragmatic education system for the democratic citizen. We should enlighten and spark active participation and cooperation amongst the legal practitioners especially when the Law-related Education Act has been recently enacted and the revitalization of the legal education has become a national agenda. Lights have been shed on the characteristics of the Constitutional Study especially with the active role that the Constitutional Court has lately undertaken. Nevertheless, it still needs to be taught and researched as a separated field of study from the other legal subjects. Hence, the Constitutional Study is to be researched in depth separately from the other legal studies. In order to do so, it is of utmost importance to train and produce scholars that deal with fundamental concepts such that of the Constitutional Law, freedom or nation-state as much as we support legal practices. If we wrongfully over-focus ourselves on the education of the legal practice, we could easily slip and fail to produce competent scholars majoring in constitutional law. In this regard, the legal practice of Constitutional Law should go beyond the usual routine of memorizing cases or composing legal papers and hence delve into the thin philosophical difference between majority and minority opinions.

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