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Stanford granted $7.2m to expand Afghan legal education

Stanford granted $7.2m to expand Afghan legal education

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Sep 25, 2012 - 20:39

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): The prestigious Stanford Law School has received a grant amounting to $7.2 million to expand an innovative legal educationinfo-icon programme in Afghanistaninfo-icon, the United States announced on Monday.

The Afghanistan Legal Education Project (ALEP) will build on its existing partnership American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) to develop a full, five-year integrated Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree programme on the AUAF’s campus in Kabulinfo-icon, the State Department said.

It added the new degree programme trained Afghan students to become professional lawyers who could provide the much-needed legal representation services, help enforce Afghanistan’s constitution, stabilise the country through rule of law, and become legal educators to teach Afghanistan’s next generation of lawyers.

The new degree-granting programme is the latest in a series of efforts by Stanford Law School faculty and students to enhance legal education in Afghanistan.  ALEP was launched in 2007 as a project to develop legal textbooks for AUAF. 

The curriculum will emphasise on practical skills, professional responsibility, and substantive instruction in criminal, commercial, comparative, Islamic, and international law.  A number of courses will be practice-oriented and geared to experiential learning.

The first class of this new law degree-granting programme will graduate in 2015, the State Department said.

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