LEGAL RESEARCH GROUP

RESEARCH GROUP’S OUTPUT DOCUMENT

............. Even the task of our Research Group as was stated on ICM Sinaia in autumn 2009 was “to make research how we can revive LRG”....................................... 2 ADVANTAGES OF LRG..... ELSAfully yours Chiara. 5 FOURTH STEP ................... During our research we found surprising true: LRG is not as dead as we though... We are proud this document is not just theoretical thesis but useful document that can help to everybody interested in LRG project................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 7 CONNECTION TO EXTERNAL ENTITIES ................................. Zohra and Jiří CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ........................................................... Ezgi........... 3 HOW TO ESTABLISH A LRG ................. 7 HOW TO MAKE RANDOM LEGAL RESEARCH GROUP BETTER ....... 4 SECOND STEP ................................ 7 PUBLICATION .............. 4 FIRST STEP ............................................................................................................................................................... During preparation of this document we tried our best to consult it with people that actually have experience with organizing LRGs.....................................................................................................................................................INTRODUCTION Legal Research Group is ELSA project that we used to call “dead”....................................................................... 5 FIFTH STEP .......... 8 2 ................. 8 SPONSORSHIP ......................................... In some member countries LRG is running very successfully (for example Italy) and in others there are projects exactly like LRG only with different names (for example Slovakia).................................................................................................................................................................................... 4 THIRD STEP ......................................................................................................................................................

but are only suggestions. why to organize LRG and how it is an easy activity to establish. You just need to give it a start. we found out that only ELSA Turkey. and it will keep going mostly by itself. procedures. 3 . Mainly the role of contributing in legal education of ELSA is sold during promotion.ADVANTAGES OF LRG LRGs are some of the easiest and most low-budget activities within ELSA initiatives. in terms of human resources in the OC and economically wise. That’s because they are easy to organize and very flexible.    Contribution in pre-practical manner in law students’ life Provides a prevision for gaining expert knowledge in a law field Provides research skills.essay writing skills –presentation skills FOR VPAAs: Down below are the main reasons for National Group VPAAs remind their LGs. duration. However. Considering the pros and cons of LRG. Below suggested are the main goals which shall be achieved during the ongoing procedure of a LRG.    Promotion tool for ELSA in academic and student network Doesn’t require a huge budget and sponsorship The coordinator of LRG is mainly responsible for the ongoing process While going through the minutes of previous ICM WSs. please note that flexibility doesn’t mean inefficiency and doesn’t comply with non-productive way to work. there shouldn’t be any obstacle for the VPAAs to establish. thus VPAAs shall raise awareness of LRGs within the network. It’s obvious that will take interest of students and it is also a good promotion tool in academics vision for ELSA. FOR PARTICIPANTS: Points listed below are for use of taking students’ interest in LRG. The advantages of a LRG shall be considered in two points of view. These motivational tools should be used to gain more focus in LRG in OYOPs. The Local Group who wants to start a Legal Research Group must have clear ideas about goals. For the VPAAs in LG or NG. ELSA Germany and ELSA Czech Republic has established LRGs in recent years. below listed the promotional advantages and for the participants below listed the contribution in their personal and academic skills. These advantages of course are not limited. number of participants etc. AA Manual is a good helper in order to clarify how to establish the project. Even in difficult periods/situations for your Local Group. Benefit from taking part in a LRG shall be reminded before establishing the LRG. as in promotion. you can organize a LRG with very little effort. adaptable and basically open to compromises. VPAAs are officially responsible for ELSA’s work in contribution to legal education. In addition to this getting in contact with experienced VPAAs in LRG will be a good way for information flow.

 If the LRG replaces a compulsory seminar. it is advised to work close to your VP Marketing to produce an effective advertising campaign.HOW TO ESTABLISH A LRG Below you can find very detailed manual explaining how to establish and run a LRG. a helper working with them). SECOND STEP: find participants. Moreover. We are aware there are many more options how to do that but this is the one we want to call “standard”. and to just read and check the LRG outputs. FIRST STEP: find a Professor you can rely on (this could be a professor you have every confidence in. 4 . a barrister. or a Professor you previously worked with in a Moot Court Competition. Suggestion: as a start. Professors. or someone you can take for granted). The Local VP AA can suggest organizing these seminars from the beginning to the end. paying great attention to motivations and slogans you set out to promote the LRG. Professors are generally handy from this point of view. You can underline the fact that organizing this type of LRG-seminars will also increase their prestige in the academic-scenario. you can choose a lawyer. usually organize these seminars through their assistants (they normally have an apprentice. who are often so busy that can hardly manage to get all things done. just asking for a little help from an assistant or for a small cooperation from the Professor himself. Students will manage all the rest. basically it depends on the main topic of the LRG. with coordination from an ELSA Officer. you offer them an easier way to improve their academic situation in terms of exams. a judge or Public Prosecutor as advisor instead of contacting a Professor. it shouldn’t be hard to find students to register for the LRG. Consider the fact that you can choose to reduce the advisor’s effort in participation (to avoid possible negative answers from advisors because of a too demanding job). This way Professors will get rid of the organization-hassle. so usually in these cases it might be necessary to limit the number of participants. you could contact a Professor you have previously organized 1 conferences with. In some universities secondary courses are combined with compulsory seminars (kind of “laboratories ”) students have to attend to complete that certain course.  If the LRG is not linked to any specific academic course. A group of secondary courses (you have a list of secondary courses and you can choose a certain number of exams depending on your degree-course). when you show interest in their subject and you basically offer to work for them (for free). In any case. That’s where ELSA plays its role. they must appreciate. Universities have two main groups of courses:   Compulsory exams (which are identical for all the students and are usually the courses of principal importance). due to the flexible structure of the LRG itself. 1 Depending on the University courses/exams system: in the Italian system (but I know for example in France and Ireland there is a very similar situation). requiring him to be physically present just at the first introductory meeting and at the last one. a course or an exam.

Professor/expert also introduces his/her assistants or partners who will help students during the LRG. a director or an active member of the Local Group. 2.THIRD STEP: set up an LRG schedule. You just need to set up a date for the introductory meeting in which the VP AA or the Professor (or the two together) present the LRG. Suggestions: don’t set up a complicated agenda with too many deadlines. 5 . once started. The LRG. what an LRG consists of. Having a plain and simple schedule is the main point of the LRG. Introductory meeting 1. a member of the Local Board. 2 Example: ELSA Turin (Italy) in 2007 organized an LRG on the project for UN reform: Professor in the introductory lesson gave an interesting and useful overview of the topic. twice or more times a week. After the Introductory meeting 1. During the introductory meeting. The only important thing is that they fulfill their duties and conform to the deadlines they chose. He also gave directions about relevant sources and text-documents. Participants will set up their own calendar. The LRG must have a coordinator (who relates and reports to the Local VP AA him/herself). The Professor/expert gives a first lecture on the main topic of the LRG and explains which topics are to be developed deeper than the others. ELSA officers and LRG participants together plan the second meeting. That’s it. will take shape by itself. a date to start the LRG in itself and the final deadline for presentation of the reports. During the introductory meeting the Local VP AA should explain what ELSA is. 3. FOURTH STEP: organize the group. Students go home and think by themselves about which features they want to develop or which aspects of the LRG main topic suit them best. they will be free to decide if they want to meet once. which makes it easy for organizers and for participants. During the introductory meeting the ELSA officer collects personal information from participants:      Name Surname Phone/mobile number E-mail address Skype/MSN contacts 4. when they will actually start working on the research. and should introduce the Professor/expert2. explained what the project consisted of and pointed out which chapters of the reform where the most interesting to research on.

Between the Introductory meeting and the second meeting the Coordinator sets up a mailing list of participants’ email addresses and creates an Excel type of document containing all their personal information. who read and correct them. The assistant/Advisor gives suggestions and hints on how to research effectively. Meetings can be planned inside Universities (formal ones) or in bars or private houses (informal ones). dates of the meetings etc. Assistant/Expert/Advisor and Coordinator have to:  Select and assign topics to the students depending on preferences and/or necessities and opportunities. They may even set up a forum to ask questions and exchange information. collecting needing and preferences from the students. participants present their reports. and they will find all relevant materials and document published step by step. The Coordinator should always bring the Excel file with him to register the actual presence of participants at the different meetings. Suggestions: the Local Group may even create a special section on its website. As for the Assistant/Expert/Advisor. Participants can log into this section through passwords.  Suggest.) 2. at just a few of them or if he/she just want to survey progresses of the Group through emails.2. students submit their reports to their Professor/Assistant/expert (reports can be 5 to 10 pages long). Professor/expert gives a lecture about the main topic of the LRG and starts the discussion. 6 . he/she can decide if he/she wants to be physically present at all the meetings. Final meeting During the final meeting (which could well be a conference or an open debate/lesson). discuss and approve the LRG schedule for the rest of the period.g. Second meeting 1. All relevant news will be given via e-mail and participants will exchange information. in ten days participants must find all relevant material etc. points out magazines or websites or textbooks and answers students’ questions. After the second meeting From now on the LRG goes on by itself. a sort of roundtable where all participants of the LRG can (or have to) step in and explain what they researched and found out. The only thing the Coordinator has to do regularly is writing e-mails to the mailing list. to remind about deadlines. No need to do anything else. Submission of the reports During a meeting or simply via e-mail. During the second meeting. doubts and opinions through the mailing list.  Establish checking points and intermediate goals (e.

you should publish the results this way. law experts. It makes the results more stress. Better ability to reach target group of LRG results (students. it is great basis for all other methods of publication. SPEL and ELSA magazines “Second level“ of publication. In later times (few years from now) when LRG will be well-known and good distribution channels will be secured (maybe global ELSA LRG web) it will be possible to publish only this document. it is still long way there. progress and results. reports submission. etc.Suggestions: a simple LRG as a start doesn’t need more than 6 meetings all together (introductory meeting. FIFTH STEP: publication/recording of the final meeting abstracts. second meeting. meeting to set up the agenda. HOW TO MAKE RANDOM LEGAL RESEARCH GROUP BETTER PUBLICATION Individual non-profit document Standard LRG output. But that’s really hypothetical: everything in the LRG is flexible and adaptable to different situations. Better „impression“. However. 7 . First really professional mean of publication. more representative. It is good way to preset their work and it can be done together with any other mean of publication. LRG output as good as it can be published individually and the lawyers and students will be still motivated to obtain (buy) a copy of this document. External law reviews and magazines “Third level“. If you want to make really expert LRG. This is dream of every LRG organizer. final meeting). Presentation conference LRG output can also be presented on conference. Documentation of LRG topics. academicians. It makes the LRG result „world-spread“. It shall be made at the end of every successful LRG. Individual non-profit document will not give you much possibilities itself to publish the LRG results. Nevertheless.). allocation of materials. Individual profit document Utopia.

8 . It can help to tighten the cooperation with this respective sponsor. coordination and management of LRG is question of agreement between ELSA and this law firm. However. Grants Mainly structural funds. CONNECTION TO EXTERNAL ENTITIES This is question of LRG supervision. Think about it and approach ELSA International anytime. NGOs. Group management can be done by ELSA. particular conditions of cooperation between ELSA and these organizations are as variable as they depend only on each agreement between ELSA and respective organization. In case LRG expenses are covered only by ELSA we nearly cannot think about some commercial promotion or publication of LRG. It is stated here only because this option deserves to be known. It is quite easy to manage this kind of sponsorship (not much of bureaucracy). In general. They vary in demanded conditions and offered options. Governmental organizations and others This is huge unexplored field of possibilities. The aim is to get one or more academician to supervise the LRG. Good option because of no costs for ELSA (ELSA can even make profit of this). to guide it through the topic and to determine the general progress.Alternative means ELSA International has quite lot of connections with European journals and news web pages. law firm will supervise the LRG. Law firms Tightly connected with law firm sponsoring. Law firm lawyers will ensure good quality of output (they will care about it – they give money to LRG so they will be interested). SPONSORSHIP General Basic version of LRG is not expensive project. if we are thinking about some “advanced“ form of publication the costs start to grow quite quickly. coordination and management Universities Basic option. Law firms Project sponsorship or part of general sponsorship. Nevertheless.