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University of Adelaide

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  1. University of Adelaide Master of Comparative Law (Adelaide/Mannheim)/(Mannheim/Adelaide): A Case Study

  2. University of Adelaide • Law School established in 1883 • Currently around 1400 students in undergraduate and postgraduate programs

  3. Master of Comparative Law (MCL) BACKGROUND • Originated through existing academic connections between the Law schools at each institution exchange agreements, staff links • Commenced October 1998

  4. Master of Comparative Law (MCL) AIMS To promote the study of: • different codes of law throughout the world, especially common and civil law • the political, economic, social and cultural background of different law systems • the economic impact of law • the diverse standards in national and international law systems

  5. Master of Comparative Law (MCL) STRUCTURE • Degree takes 1.25 years (15 months) • Students spend one semester in Mannheim (Oct) and one semester in Adelaide (Feb) • Return to home institution to write thesis (50-80 pages) • Taught entirely in English

  6. Master of Comparative Law (MCL) ISSUES • Entry requirements • Number of places • Fees • Enrolment/status at host institution • Name of qualification on degree certificate • Quality • Ongoing management of program

  7. Master of Comparative Law (MCL) Benefits for Institutions • Numbers are small, but creates close ties between the Law schools • Can have a “follow-on” effect, with development of cooperation in other disciplines • Academic cooperation is enhanced – academic staff visits for teaching and research • Exchange at doctoral level being discussed – further possibilities can be created

  8. Master of Comparative Law (MCL) Benefits for students • Good mix of students, and interesting for students from third countries • Over 100 graduates of program • German graduates have gained work in international law firms in Germany • Australian graduates work for international organisations/government organisations e.g. EU in Brussels, AusAID