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ERIC Number: ED351931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep-15
Pages: 11
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Teaching Law Through Distance: The Sri Lankan Experience.
Guneratne, Camena
This paper describes distance legal education as conducted by the Open University of Sri Lanka. The paper opens with a description of legal education in Sri Lanka which began in the period of British colonial rule. Also described are more recent efforts to make legal education available to a larger segment of the population culminating in the degree program in law at the Open University which was established along with a continuing legal education program and legal literacy programs for the general public. The content of the 4-year degree program is described noting its use of a broad based and comparative approach towards the subject matter. A section on the teaching method utilized considers a schedule of 20 hours of face-to-face teaching and discussion for each course, course materials, and audio cassettes of lectures on various topics. Also described are the evaluation methods of continuous assessment based on a take home assignment, an open book exam during the middle of the year, and a final closed book exam. Practical training in a legal aid and a mediation project are also covered. Concluding sections offer reflection on problems and perspectives. An appendix lists the courses for each of the four years of study. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Distance Education Centers; Sri Lanka