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No Additional Selections for Law Schools

Posted February. 02, 2008 08:35,   


The Education and Human Resources Development Ministry said yesterday that the preliminary list of the names of law schools and student quota would proceed as it is despite opposition from the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae. Its announcement is expected to be made on Feb. 4.

Education Minister Kim Shin-il told the Dong-A Ilbo on Friday, “We decided to pursue the original recommendations which were reviewed by the Legal Education Committee.”

“Though the proposition is not completely satisfactory, we have to respect the recommendations of the committee due to the lack of time left before the beginning of the academic year for law schools,” he said.

During the briefing to the presidential transition committee, the education minister said, “The education ministry believes there should be no changes to the proposals. We have no plans to select additional universities that will operate the first ever U.S-styled law schools.”

Cheon Ho-seon, a spokesperson for the presidential office, stressed, “Although the Legal Education Committee’s decision should be respected, it is not a legislative organ. South Gyeongsang Province has the largest population, after Seoul, Gyeonggi Province and Busan. Thus, the ministry must consider modifying the proposition by ‘allocating at least one law school in each local metropolitan city or province’.”

However, a source from the education ministry reputed the remarks, saying, “The committee has no voting right as a deliberate organ. But demanding a re-deliberation is impossible if no fault was found in the proceedings or content. When the committee set the framework, it never established the principle of allocating one law school to each local metropolitan city.”