The legal clinic is based on one or more assignments, based on real life questions and needs from the legal field and prepared by a group of students.
The assignment is developed in close cooperation with a partner in the legal field. This may be an NGO, a law firm, an international organization, a company... that presents a real case or research question it is dealing with.
A representative of this partner serves as the mentor, and will:
- introduce the assignment(s) to the students at an initial meeting (at the university)
- host a meeting with the student group at the organizations’ premises
- facilitate a final meeting during which the students orally present the end product to relevant stakeholders
A Faculty staff member will also assist the group of students and will:
- provide contacts with the partner
- facilitate student group meeting on the planning of the work, the students themselves organize meetings in the course of the project
- review a draft of the written end product
- attend the oral presentation
Groups are assessed both by the mentor and the staff member based on the written document and the oral presentation by the group. The assessment is a collective one (per group), although individualization through intra-group assessment may be applied.
More practice in the programme
The programme as a whole is problem-based. We do not look at law in isolation, but are interested at how law responds to contemporary problems. The interaction between different fields of the law and between law and other social sciences and the humanities is therefore of primary concern.
You are encouraged to spend a semester abroad, and experience a different international environment, and perhaps a different approach to law than we offer in Antwerp. We will help you to adapt to working environments that are different from the one that you are used to at home.
During the first year, some courses are explicitly practice oriented, i.e. the skills courses (research and communication skills) and the legal clinic (that focus on assignments developed in cooperation with law firms, NGOs or international organisations). The four course modules are, however, also case-based, and will include assignments that prepare you for what will be required from you in your later career.
In addition, the open space in the programme offers the opportunity to participate in an international moot court, to get recognition for a summer school that is of professional interest to you, or take a course in Antwerp at another faculty.