Jordanian University to Focus on Enhancing Law Professors’ Teaching Skills

November 2009

In October, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in Jordan launched a new faculty-development initiative and signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Yarmouk, home to one of the oldest and largest public law schools in Jordan.

ABA ROLI will assist the university in advancing teaching skills of its professors, who predominately rely on lectures and exams. Assistance will include workshops, exchange of materials and individual mentoring. A questionnaire was distributed to help identify the professors’ current teaching styles, their familiarity with and use of modern interactive teaching methods and challenges they face in enhancing their teaching techniques.

Furthermore, the school’s judicial applications course will be redesigned to include a legal ethics component and an externship program will be incorporated in the curriculum. The school dean has formed a committee of professors tofacilitate this work. The initiative is part of ABA ROLI’s continued efforts tohelp Jordanian universities introduce modern, practical skills-oriented law programs.

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

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