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French LawA Comparative Approach$
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Eva Steiner

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790884

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198790884.001.0001

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Legal Education

Legal Education

(p.156) 10 Legal Education
French Law

Eva Steiner

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows how legal education further contributes to the reasoning process typical of French lawyers. A striking feature of French legal education is the high level of abstraction that pervades the teaching. The emphasis is on theoretical rather than practical knowledge, to which a strong methodological component must be added. Legal education in France is primarily aimed at providing a sound knowledge of general principles together with the development of a capacity to manipulate abstract concepts and construct logical arguments. This emphasis on abstract concepts and methodology associated with French legal education is historically based and has, in part, been ascribed by legal historians to the dominant role played in the past by the systematic study of Roman law in law schools.

Keywords:   French legal education, reasoning process, abstraction, theoretical knowledge, Roman law, teacher's law, practitioner's law, cours magistraux

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