Tonight, I’ll teach my first class at Royal University of Law and Economics, Cambodia’s only public law school. Specifically, I’m working with two of the LL.M. programs that offer dual LL.M. degrees. Students graduate with both an LL.M. from RULE and an LL.M. from a partner university in Europe. The two tracks are international business and public international law. That said, I won’t be teaching International Law. Instead, I am developing a foundational course in Legal Writing, focusing on the basic components of predictive writing and legal analysis. All of the courses are offered in night, which allows the program to recruit working professionals from government, law firms, and NGOs; indeed, many of the students come to the program without a first degree in law. Hence, all the more reason to have a strong Legal Writing program in the curriculum. Courses in the LL.M. programs in which I’m teaching are offered exclusively in English.
With some time before my first class, I wandered around the French-style open floor plan. The university is quite large, since it enrolls students in a wide range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. Below are some pictures of the campus.
Classrooms are pretty basic — most rooms have projectors, but the furniture is pretty simple. For legal studies, it works just fine!