Legal Education During COVID-19 Pandemic: An Experience of a Thai Law School

Published date01 July 2020
DOI10.1177/2322005820935753
Date01 July 2020
Legal Education During COVID-19
Pandemic: An Experience of a Thai
Law School
Panarairat Srichaiyarat1 and Ploykwan Lao-Amata1
Introduction
During the last few years, School of Law, the University of Phayao (UP) was driven to shift its pedagogy
from a traditional lecture-based education to an outcome-based education (OBE). The UP has offered a
Bachelor of Law programme since 2003 under the supervision of the School of Liberal Arts. Seven years
later the School of Law was formally established and becomes one of the forefront Thai law schools
located in the Northern part of Thailand. The school started offering a Master of Law programme in
2014.
Pedagogy at School of Law, University of Phayao
The OBE is an educational philosophy focusing on the learning outcomes in which knowledge, skills
and attitudes are all included. It was brought into Thai legal academia attention through the ASEAN
University Network Qualication Assurance (AUN-QA) established in 1998. The AUN-QA, as a quality
assurance system, provides guidelines to maintain, improve and enhance academic standards of AUN
member universities. Many criteria are established including expected learning outcomes (ELOs), and
teaching and learning approach.
ELOs are knowledge, attitudes, values, skills, competencies or behaviours a learner should become
proficient in at the end of a unit of study. To be in accordance with the AUN-QA criteria, the School of
Law UP specifies the ELOs of their study programmes to cover both subject-specific outcomes and
generic outcomes. Their specific outcomes include legal reading, legal writing, factual analysis and
argumentation skills, whilst written and oral communication, problem-solving, information technology,
teambuilding skills are included in the list of generic outcomes. To achieve these ELOs, the academic
staff were encouraged to change their teaching methods from the traditional passive lecture to active
ones. The active teaching methods deployed at School of Law UP include the following: clinical legal
education, project-based method, problem-based method, moot court, role play, field trip, group work,
Commentary
Asian Journal of Legal Education
7(2) 228–230, 2020
© 2020 The West Bengal National
University of Juridical Sciences
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1 School of Law, University of Phayao, Phayao, Thailand.
Corresponding author:
Panarairat Srichaiyarat, School of Law, University of Phayao, 19 Moo 2, Tambon Maeka, Amphur Muang, Phayao
56000, Thailand.
E-mail: panarairat@gmail.com

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