In October, the University of Münster and the Open University Hagen will set up a legal
training-forum on the Internet. The aim of this project will be to establish the new media
in university teaching. The forum is called JurLINK and will be designed as an online-journal.
JurLINK will use the interactive possibilities of the Internet, thus facilitating students'
preparation for the first state examination (first degree). The project is supported by the
Department for Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia. With its interactive concept
JurLINK is the first initiative of its kind in a German speaking area.
JurLINK attempts to bring university teaching of law into line with new media. Excellent
teaching material is often not issued online, since faculties, professors and students of the
departments lack technical competence in this field. JurLINK is eager to bridge the existing
deficits in the supply of German universities, and orients itself towards the online-journals
of US Law Schools. As regards subject matter, JurLINK concentrates on the field of public law.
The journal will contain an overall view of the subject of constitutional and administrative
law, practice cases with outlines of the corresponding solutions, testing schemes as well as
current jurisdiction. A database that will contain examination exercises and reports is planned.
The interactive possibilities of the Internet will be used with a "file-card test", that will
be able to be downloaded. JurLINK will contain a commented on and regularly revised link
collection of sites with content that is relevant for the examination. Links to press offices of
the highest German courts are amongst it as well as references to teaching supplies of other
universities. A mailing list will offer the possibility to the subscribers of JurLINK to get in
contact with each other. This list serves as forum for discussion and exchange of information
among the candidates for the exam. This concept connects precision as regards content and academic
standard with the swiftness of the Internet.
Six academic assistants of the universities of Münster and Hagen are realizing JurLINK. They
incur responsibility for the choice and conception of the contents. Professor Bernd Holznagel
from the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law (ITM), Münster as well as
Professor Katharina Sobotta, chair of Legal Theory and Legal Sociology, Hagen, will supervise
the project academically.
JurLINK will offer to institutes, chairs and professors the possibility to publish material
nationwide that is relevant for the exam like lecture material, lecture notes and testing schemes.
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