Academic journal article Canadian Social Science

Legislation Assessment Lesson Is the Construction Direction of Freshmen Seminar for Law Major in China

Academic journal article Canadian Social Science

Legislation Assessment Lesson Is the Construction Direction of Freshmen Seminar for Law Major in China

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Freshman seminar is a kind of emerging curriculum and teaching mode in the teaching field of undergraduates; the introduction of it into the discipline of legal science in China is helpful to cultivate freshman's abilities of legal thinking, legal expression and discovering legal facts. The seminars for freshmen majoring in law should be featured in structure diversity, humanistic content and small class teaching, and thus help freshmen choose the discipline direction, improve their ability to listen, speak, read and write, cultivate their spirit of scientific exploration and form a harmonious relationship between teachers and students.

Key words: Freshman semmar; Legal science; Legislation assessment


Freshman seminar is a kind of symposium course in small class specifically opened for freshmen, and its class form and idea originate from the seminar courses in German University in the 18th century. The actual freshman seminar established by Harvard University in America at the end of 1950s initiates a kind of new course and teaching mode in the teaching field of undergraduates and plays a significant role in freshman's transition to the university's academic role.

The Boyer Committee gives a lot of attention to the freshman seminar and regards that the first year at university is the most important turning point for students in social and academic aspects, new positive learning experience is needed and the small discussion class taught by experienced teachers is the most crucial. The class discussion should revolve around the theme which can inspire students and broaden their knowledge field, and should provide opportunities for students to learn in the cooperative environment through exploration. (Gu. 2002).

After the 1980s, feshman seminars developed rapidly in of higher learning in United States. Until now, more than 80% of U.S. colleges and universities have set seminars for feshmen Tsinghua University in china took the lead in introducing the freshman seminar into the undergraduate teaching, and currently many research universities have different degrees of trying and deepening. However so far, almost no one in China studies the application problem of the freshman semmar in the teaching of legal science, and not a paper related to the theory or practice of the freshman semmar in the specialty of legal science is published. Relevant researches are more confined to the introduction of classic discussion teaching method in the teaching of law. Therefore, the Study on the freshman seminar for Chinese law majors has shown the academic space and necessity, and the freshman seminar of "legislation assessment" can be taken as the example to explore the construction direction of the freshman seminar in the discipline of legal science.


Legal thinking legal expression and discovering legal facts are students' basic abilities which will be cultivated by the teaching of law. "If a person is a legal craftsman who only knows trial procedures regulations and is proficient in the specialized rules of positive law, he can not become a first-class legal worker" (Bodenheimer, 2004, p.531). Legal thinking should consist of the abilities to accurately master the legal concepts, correctly establish and grasp the legal proposition, do legal reasoning and demonstrate the legal decisions or advice which are about to be made. Legal expression that is composed of oral and written expression is the ability of law majors to express legal opinions for specific facts or issues through language or writing. Exploring legal facts means students' ability to investigate, collect, produce, combine, analyze and certify legal facts, it is a process for law majors to judge, analyze, confirm and choose facts with laws and also an opposite and unified process of objective facts and legal facts (Zhou «fe Ni, 2004, p. …

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