SEOUL, Dec.21 (Korea Bizwire) – In a bid to lower the barriers to law school entry, 25 colleges are considering offering night courses starting in 2017.
In addition, law courses are expected to be offered online and through correspondence colleges.
The Ministry of Education is planning to implement improvements to its law school policies.
Voices demanding improvement of the law school system are rising as the abrogation of the judicial examination was prolonged. The Ministry of Education has started an assessment of the law school system, focusing on entry, curriculum and tuition.
The Ministry of Education is also gathering various ideas to improve the law school system through the Law School Council, which is a committee of 25 law schools.
The council suggested that night courses should be opened and law school courses offered through correspondence so that more students as well as those working could also take courses. The Ministry of Education is looking into the suggestions, and is expected to approve the changes.
Since the opening of night courses can easily be implemented by the Ministry of Education, it should be possible to offer the new classes as early as 2017.
Officials commented that the opening of night courses could be a huge opportunity for those who wanted to study but couldn’t because they couldn’t quit their jobs.
Also, the opening of law school courses at correspondence colleges could lower the entry barrier as well as the cost for tuition.
However, the opening of law school courses at correspondence colleges cannot be enacted right away, as it interferes with increasing the number of law school students. Currently, the limit is 2,000 students.
By Francine Jung (email@example.com)