There are challenges teaching English Law to students brought up in a ‘continental civil law’ jurisdiction. The Law is all around us from earliest days. At the age of 17/18, university entrants will already have been immersed in a legal system and carrying a surprisingly full backpack of ‘unlearned law’. The content of the backpack of a student raised in a ‘Common Law” jurisdiction is very different from what is inside that of a student born and bred in a ‘Continental Civil Law’ jurisdiction. Teaching English Law successfully to `continental civil law’ students as part of a full dual-training programme will not be the same therefore as teaching it to ‘common law’ students.
Although it is not the aim of the ‘global law teacher’ to attempt comparative law teaching, ‘prof’ does need to be sensitive and knowledgeable of where his or her students are coming from, whether they be Spanish students learning English Law or English students learning Spanish Law, and be able to draw their attention to the very many contrasts in underlying principles and methodologies that reflect often fundamentally different ‘cultural’ approaches to procedures and the substantive resolution of a particular legal issue. On occasions (particularly at Levels 1 and 2 of the AGL’s English LawStudies (ELS) Course) it may even be appropriate and desirable for the teacher to provide some help by resorting to comparison in the students’ own language.
AGL will be happy to hear from lawyers with both practice and teaching experience who might have an interest in joining our specialised ‘flying squad’ to teach in Madrid. The current hourly rate varies between 90€ and 150€ depending on experience and commitment.
If you are interested in joining our team, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. A CV and brief details of your availability will help.