Following the first symposium in Trinity College Dublin and the second in University College Cork, third Legal Research Symposium is ongoing today, hosted by University College Dublin‘s School of Law in the Quinn School of Business (pictured left). The theme for this year’s symposium is Legal Education in Context and In Practice. Organised this year by Prof Blanaid Clarke and Dr Marie-Luce Paris-Dobozy, this year’s symposium is sponsored by UCD’s Law School, whose generosity is all the greater in these more straitened financial climes.
Irish legal education faces many challenges, some shared with the rest of the university sector (the impending re-introduction of fees, government policy favouring ever greater co-operation (integration?) by universities especially at the graduate level, all in a difficult financial climate), some specific to Law Schools (the peculiar problems faced by academic law schools faced with professional obligations, whilst seeking to facilitate international research in a small jurisdiction). This symposium is a significant annual contribution to these important ongoing debates.