Legal Argumentation through Case Simulation – Lessons from an Unforgettable ‘Field Trip’

Visiting M-EPLI and Maastricht University Faculty of Law is a great reason to share thoughts on legal education. This author’s home unit, University of Helsinki Faculty of Law, organised in March 2014 a major case simulation course, which was now held for the third time. The basic idea is simple: a big group of students, divided into ‘parties’ to an imaginary case, is taken to the Finnish countryside for two days. Exploring relevant law, arguing, litigating and settling on the intensive course is year after year described by the Helsinki law students as the best thing they ever did in law school. In addition to fun, the course provides an opportunity to practice skills that law schools should maybe emphasise more than many of them currently do. 

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