ABA ROLI Offers Continuing Legal Education in Arabic

ABA ROLI Offers Continuing Legal Education in Arabic

ABA ROLI held its first Arabic-language CLE course for young lawyers at Cairo University in January 2010.

February 2010

Continuing legal education (CLE) is an important resource for practicing attorneys, allowing them to expand their legal skills and to keep abreast of new developments in the legal profession. While Egypt is home to a large and vibrant community of lawyers, opportunities for CLE remain scarce.

To address this deficiency, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) has been working with local partners, including Cairo University and the Cairo Regional Centre for International Arbitration, to offer trainings for young lawyers in Cairo and Alexandria. The response to the courses has been extremely positive; but, because the trainings were conducted in English, participation was limited to those attorneys who had graduated from English-language law programs.

To expand access to CLE in Egypt, ABA ROLI offered two courses in January, one in Arabic and another in English. The trainings covered a variety of legal topics, including statutory construction, case analysis, negotiations, legal writing and contract drafting. Using interactive teaching techniques, the instructors encouraged classroom participation and offered opportunities for public speaking.

During a moot arbitration case, participants presented to a panel of professional arbitrators. The arbitrators offered suggestions for strengthening their arguments. For most of the young lawyers, it was the first time that they had participated in an adversarial hearing, and they were enthusiastic about the chance to practice their legal skills.

The response from participants was overwhelmingly positive, and ABA ROLI plans to continue expanding the CLE opportunities for Arabic-speaking attorneys in Egypt.

To learn more about our work in Egypt, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at rol@staff.abanet.org.