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IBA Education Guidelines

Submitted by Clark Cunningham on Tue, 07-31-2012
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IBA Policy Guidelines for Training and Education of the Legal Profession
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International Bar Association Council
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IBA Policy Guideline for Training and Education of the Legal Profession
The International Bar Association (IBA) was founded in 1947, and currently is comprised of over 200 Bar Associations and Law Societies from around the world as well as more than 20,000 individual lawyers. The Policy Committee of the IBA Bar Issues Commission (BIC), consisting of 20 members representing bar associations and law societies, set up its Training Working Group in 2006 because it was felt that training and education had become a focus of the IBA's Member Organisations. The members of the Training Working Group were Olufunke Adekoya (Nigeria), Mikiko Otani (Japan), and Horacio Bernardes Neto (Brazil); the Training Working Group has been chaired by Péter Köves (Hungary). The IBA Public & Professional Interest Interest Division also set up an Education Resolution Working Group consisting of Alejandro Ogarrio, James Klotz, David Stewart, and Robin Westbrook. The two working groups met in Vancouver in 2010 and decided that the work of the two working groups should be unified and that guidelines for the training of future lawyers should be presented to the IBA Council. The BIC Policy Committee approved the draft guidelines in 2011 and submitted them for consideration by the IBA Council at its meeting in Dubai, which approved them in November 2011. See the attached excerpt from IBA Council Agenda for November 2011:
– IBA_Council_Dubai_2011_Agenda-EducationTrainingGuidelines.pdf
The guidelines were prepared with a view to have a short but useful document which can be used in every jurisdiction regardless of the system in which future lawyers are educated. Of particular relevance to the teaching of legal ethics and professionalism are the following provisions:
“3. ... Bar Associations and Law Societies should work to ensure [that]:
b. training incorporates both practical and theoretical knowledge ...
c. training gives special emphasis to ethical-deontological considerations and issues and incorporates ethical workshops developed by or with the assistance of the Bar Associations and Law Societies into training programmes for the purpose of explaining the importance of ethical-deontological issues in real life situations.
4. Bar Associations and Law Societies should always consider whether and how they can play a more active and positive role in ensuring the quality of legal education programs (including the content of curricula), inter alia by accreditation or other forms of involvement, including using their role in the approval of new applicants for admission to the practice of law ...”
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