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Seminar on Course Construction of "Legal Literature Retrieval and Paper Writing" was successfully held in Renmin Law School

November 27, 2018 (Tuesday) 8:30 A.M., seminar on the construction of "legal literature retrieval and paper writing" was held as scheduled in Conference Room 725 of Renmin Law School.Teachers from law schools of Renmin University of China, Peking University, Tsinghua University, China University of Political Science and Law, Jilin University, Beijing Normal University, Beihang University, University Of International Business and Economics, Capital University of Economics and Business, etc., who offer similar courses, gather together to share their teaching experience and exchange their lessons learned from work.

After a brief introduction to the background of the seminar and the participants, Professor Wang Yi, Dean of Law School of Renmin University of China, was invited by Associate Professor You Chenjun to give an opening speech.

After expressing his welcome to all the participants, Professor Wang Yi pointed out that, it was an innovation to organize a seminar focusing on the course construction of legal literature retrieval and paper writing. Such a seminar is a reflection on the current situation of legal education and an exploration of future teaching reform, which undoubtedly has important enlightening significance. Professor Wang Yi believes that domestic law colleges and universities should intensify the discussion on the related issues of this kind of curriculum construction, exchange with each other, and establish a set of skill courses as soon as possible to meet the requirements of the new era and help to improve the training level of law undergraduates. Finally, President Wang Yi wishes this seminar a complete success.

Associate Professor You Chenjun also gave a brief introduction to the course offered by Law School of Renmin University of China. Since 2005, Renmin Law School has offered a course of "Law Research Methods and Paper Writing Criteria" for all law graduates. Later, the paper writing part of the course was distributed to the secondary disciplines of law, and it was offered as a single course with one credit. Since 2017, the law school has offered a course of "Legal Literature Retrieval and Paper Writing" to all undergraduates in the autumn semester of each year. It not only trains students to practice in the computer room, so that they can master the retrieval skills of legal literature and law literature, but also teaches them in a systematic way and lets them understand the practical skills and matters needing attention in the writing of academic papers.

After the thematic reports of the two units, the seminar entered the closing stage. Professor Zhang Xiang, deputy dean of the Law School of Renmin University of China, made a closing summary. Professor Zhang Xiang believes that, based on the previous heated discussion, we can find that the law schools of all universities have a consensus on the necessity and importance of offering the training course of legal paper writing. In view of the universally unsatisfactory situation, Professor Zhang Xiang believes that the setting of such courses should be enlightening, enable students to realize the practicability of such courses, and enhance studentsí» learning motivation and enthusiasm. Professor Zhang Xiang mentioned that during his teaching, he often discussed and analyzed his papers as examples, because as the author of these analyzed texts, he had a clearer understanding of how his articles were written and their gains and losses.


(Editor: KANG Bingguo)

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