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(Spanish Version Below)

librosoledad4In her last book, the director of the Bachelor in Law at IE University suggests the introduction in Spain of USA’s methodology approach to law teaching, that is the case method or the Socratic method. 

Professor Soledad Atienza, director of the Bachelor in Law at IE University, presented yesterday in Madrid her book “Teaching law: Can we use the experience of the United States?” in the IE Law School – Aranzadi collection and within the Pérez-Llorca IE Chair. Several personalities attended the act, apart from the author, as IE President, Diego del Alcázar; lawyer José Pedro Pérez – Llorca, Founder and Partner of Pérez-Llorca; and James Moliterno, Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University. 

Professor Atienza supports the idea that the European Space for Higher Education and the new ‘Ley de Acceso a la Abogacía’ in Spain favor a change in law teaching in this country. In this new legislation, the author proposes to open new methodologies to law teaching, following the experience in the United States. To reach this conclusion, IE University’s Bachelor of Law director, compares the methodologies used in both countries (Socratic methodology, conferences and clinical programs) and analyzes them within the frame of today’s law market, which is conditioned by different forms to access the practice. 

librosoledad1“Introducing this new methodology, more proactive, to Law Schools so they can train lawyers in the Socratic methodology, will uplift the Spanish system; also, it would become a more participative learning that will be on line with what Plan Bolonia promotes” she claims. 

In the book presentation, José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, one of the fathers of the current Spanish Constitution, outlined the importance of this work, and was sure that “Law’s life is a jungle in which it is the training what leads us”. Following this idea, he acknowledged the key role of University as a center for guidance and training of future lawyers. In that sense, Pérez-Llorca said that “to the student, we must give the compass and the sextant”. 

Soledad Atienza 

Soledad Atienza Becerril is PhD in Social Sciences by IE University. She has an Executive MBA from IE Business School and a Master’s Degree in European Law by the Europa Institut of Üniversität des Saarlandes, and she has a degree in Law by University CEU San Pablo. Her interest areas focus on methodologies of Law teaching, lawyer training and the ways to access the practice in different countries. 

Currently, she teaches at IE University Law School, where she is the director of the Bachelor in Law. Also, she is co-president of the Academic Committee and co-president of Professional Development in the International Bar Association. Furthermore she directs the Pérez Llorca / IE Chair for Commercial Law.


Soledad Atienza aboga por adaptar los métodos de enseñanza del Derecho para la formación de abogados

librosoledad2En su obra, la directora del grado en Derecho de IE University propone, adaptar en España algunos elementos del método seguido para enseñar Derecho en EEUU, que es el método socrático o método del caso.

La directora y profesora del Grado en Derecho de IE University Soledad Atienza presentó ayer en Madrid su libro “Enseñar Derecho ¿Puede servirnos la experiencia de Estados Unidos”, de la colección IE Law school Aranzadi y dentro de la Cátedra Pérez-Llorca IE. En el acto de presentación intervinieron el Presidente de IE Diego del Alcázar, el Socio Fundador Pérez-Llorca, José Pedro Pérez-Llorca y, el Profesor de Washington & Lee University James Moliterno.

La profesora Atienza sostiene en su libro que el Espacio Europeo de Educación Superior y la Ley de Acceso a la Abogacía favorecen un cambio en la enseñanza del Derecho en España y en este marco normativo, la autora propone introducir nuevas metodologías de enseñanza del Derecho para la formación de abogados a la luz de la experiencia de Estados Unidos.  Para llegar a esta conclusión,  la directora del grado en Derecho de IE University compara las metodologías de formación de abogados en ambos países (en particular el método socrático, la conferencia y los programas clínicos) y las analiza en el contexto del mercado actual de la abogacía, condicionado a su vez por los diferentes regímenes de acceso a la profesión.

“La introducción de una metodología de enseñanza del Derecho más activa para formar abogados al estilo del método socrático enriquecería nuestro sistema español;  sería además una formación más participativa y estaría más en línea con lo que plantea el Plan de Bolonia”, asegura Atienza.

En la presentación, José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, uno de los siete padres de la actual Constitución española, destacó la relevancia de la obra y aseguró que “la vida del Derecho es una jungla en la que la formación arroja luz”. En esta línea, destacó el papel  fundamental que tiene la universidad en el proceso de orientación y formación de los futuros abogados. En ese sentido, Pérez-Llorca subrayó que “al estudiante hay que darle la brújula, el compás y el sextante”.

librosoledad3Soledad Atienza

Soledad Atienza Becerril es doctora en ciencias sociales por IE University. Cursó un Executive MBA en IE Business School y un master de Derecho Europeo en el Europa Institut de la Üniversität des Saarlandes, y es licenciada en Derecho por la Universidad CEU San Pablo. Sus áreas de interés se centran en las metodologías de enseñanza del Derecho, la formación de los abogados y los regímenes de acceso a la abogacía en diferentes países.

En la actualidad es directora y profesora en el Grado en Derecho de IE University y es co-presidenta del Comité Académico y de Desarrollo Profesional de la International Bar Association. Es también co-directora de la Cátedra Pérez Llorca / IE de Derecho Mercantil. Previamente ejerció como abogada.


Toshiba’s Folio 100 is the only educational device students use for the Master in Architectural Management and Design, a blended program with students from ten countries

According to initial surveys students use the tablets for an average of 2.5 hours a day, mainly for online searches, reading books and notes, and accessing e-mails and social networks. 

The innovative master in management and design for architects is the world’s first postgraduate program to combine creativity and management  

IE University is using Toshiba’s Folio 100 to develop Spain’s first tablet-based academic program. The tablets play an integral role in the University’s Master in Architectural Management and Design (MAMD) program run by IE School of Architecture, with a student body comprised of ten nationalities. All students on the program have a Toshiba Folio100 which they use to communicate with their professors and among themselves, as well as to access practical cases and notes, and to work with different multimedia applications.  

Toshiba’s Folio 100 is the only educational platform the student needs for this postgraduate master program, which means there is no need for traditional note-taking. All materials pertaining to the courses that make up the program can be kept on just one learning device. 

At the start of the program each student received a Folio 100, using it from the outset to read practical case studies and recommended books, as well as to access the University’s online campus. They will also be using the device to follow video conferences and maintain constant lines of communication with professors and classmates during the online periods of the program.  

The Master in Architectural Management and Design delivers 70% of classes in online format, coupled with presential modules run in Madrid and London. It provides the ideal environment for this kind of initiative, given that mobility, flexibility, interconnectivity and online technologies are essential resources for the student. 

Juan Lago, director of the program, feels that this joint project is the result of the program’s aim for student to receive 100% of course literature in digital format. “We believe that we have a particular responsibility to respect the environment, both as individuals and as architects, and this initiative enables us to help reduce the consumption of natural resources as compared to traditional uses and methods.”  

Alberto Ruano, General Director of Toshiba in Spain believes the project serves to underline the quality, reliability and user-friendly design of Toshiba devices and solutions. “Toshiba products are highly valued in the workplace and by users who need tools they can always depend on. With this project Toshiba, already a pioneer in the introduction of information technologies in the classroom, is taking its first step in postgraduate learning environments.   Read more…

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