IMPLEMENTING A NEW SYSTEM OF PRACTICAL SEMINARS ON DIALECTICS FOR LAW STUDENTS

P. Mayano-Cires, J. Del Pino, J. Garcia, M.J. Diaz, M. Lobo, M.A. Capo, M.T. Frejo

Complutense University of Madrid (SPAIN)
The Bologna Declaration established the need for changes in teaching methodology and resources use, trying to change the modalities of learning from lecture to other alternatives of more practical teaching of the different areas that a law degree covers. Former academic plans were designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge that they needed to manage in their future private practice, while new plans also aim to provide students with practical tools for their future professional development.

With the task of providing the students with the tools necessary for their future professional practice in the field of law we suggest teaching dialectics to law students in practical seminars, where they are given basic and specific rules of talking a jury or a judge into believing one´s version of the facts. After the theoretical explanation, students will be asked to talk about a specific topic to a group of classmates that will give a feedback on their speech.

Since talking is the weapon of lawyers, law students have to be taught how to correctly express themselves in a way that will convince other people of supporting their point of view. Being able to success in convincing others of one´s version of the facts is an important characteristic that all lawyers need to have since there are changes being implemented in the judicial system that are changing it into one based more in the jury system where is a group of people that are the ones to decide whether the accused person is either guilty or innocent based on the information, proves and arguments given by the attorneys. Thus, this is a method that introduces students in the concept of public expression of their ideas and knowledge and gives them the one of the necessary tools they will need in their private practice.