A law student at the University of Bergen has started a petition against more law studies in Norway.
To date, almost 1,500 signatures have been collected against the changes in the degree regulations that would enable educational institutions outside the universities in Oslo, Bergen, and Tromsø to offer a master’s degree in law.
Today, these three universities have a monopoly on educating lawyers in Norway.
The University of Stavanger (UiS), Nord University, and the University of Agder (UiA) are now planning their own law education programs at master’s level, newspaper Khrono writes.
The plans have made current law students react. Now more than 1,450 people have signed a petition that was launched on March 27, which claims that equating a specialized master’s degree with the current master’s in law and giving it the same rights is “very reprehensible.”
“A chance to provide input”
Law student Jennifer Brunkow at the University of Bergen told Khrono that it is time for the students to be heard in this case.
“As the change has not actually been adopted yet, we still have the chance to provide input.”
She says she is concerned that too many lawyers will be trained and that that is a poor use of resources. She also fears the lack of qualified professionals.
“I believe that quantity rather than quality is rarely a good solution. The focus should rather be on the further development of the current study offer,” she noted.
UiS and UiA currently have law education programs at the bachelor level, in addition to UiS offering a master’s degree in business law.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayEducation
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