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Being a Global Lawyer: EU Law Teaching and Learning Methods to Face 21st Century Society Needs

Maria Canedo, Paula Comellas Angulo

The 21st century society is in constant transformation and words like internationalization, transnationalization and globalization come up more and more frequently. Globalization involves a change in the academic and professional profile of nowadays lawyers. In the EU context, we have been witnesses of several initiatives and reactions to these changes as the establishment of the European Higher Education Area within the Bologna Declaration in 1999.New teaching and learning methods in EU Law are necessary in order to prepare Global Lawyers to face 21st century society needs, due to the internationalization of economies and markets.Despite the relevant differences among the legal systems inside Europe and the European Union, the analysis of the different curriculum and the professional profiles of the students shows that the focus is made all over Europe on a very similar list of skills. The legal specification of the general competences is fundamental for the creation of successful legal curricula and special mention must be made to the methodology of development of those in the area of EU Law.The goal of this paper is to present a new model of EU Legal Education that meets the needs of nowadays society in which the Global Lawyers will exercise. Using the methodology developed in the Tuning Project Law, aims to provide a EU teaching-learning model, taking into account the new professional profiles and also to the assessment, through skills and teaching-learning processes.

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