FCIL Newsletter/February 1998
v. 12, no. 2
Teaching Foreign, Comparative and International
Law Working Group
Baltimore Meeting, July 1997
submitted by Christine Corcos, LSU Law Library
We discussed the desirability of concentrating on two major projects
for the coming year: 1) updating and adding to the syllabi for legal research
courses in foreign, comparative and international law and 2) the necessity
of identifying and developing materials for teaching these courses.
UPDATING AND ADDING TO SYLLABI
New and updated syllabi should be sent in ASCII or WP format to Christine
Corcos, LSU Law Center Library, East Campus Drive, Baton Rouge LA 70803-1010.
Any teaching materials, including bibliographies, quizzes, sample questions,
etc. can also be sent to Professor Corcos.
These materials will be mounted on the LSU Law Library's website for
use by the working group and other interested persons.
CREATING COURSE MATERIALS
We all agreed that each one of us spends a great deal of time creating
and updating materials for our courses. Should we attempt to put together
a coherent, easily available core set of materials that students could
buy and that could routinely be updated? We discussed briefly volunteering
to do chapters or parts of chapters, exercises, and testing materials for
such a set of materials. Publication could be handled either in house at
a working group member's own law school, or by a suitable commercial publisher.
Corcos approached William S. Hein company at the Convention just to inquire
whether such a publication seemed commercially feasible. Intial reaction
was cautious but positive.
For the Anaheim meeting we should bring ideas for such a project to
the working group, identify whether we seriously want to proceed and then
address the following questions: 1) organization 2) authorship (who will
take responsibility for writing these materials) and 3) publication (do
we proceed in house at some member's school, post these materials in coherent
fashion on someone's website or approach a commercial publisher)?
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