INTERNATIONALIZING LEGAL EDUCATION: A COOPERATIVE TOOL IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD

Jamie J. Williams


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17304/ijil.vol12.4.616

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Abstract


The term “globalization” has been applied to everything from economics and technology to social
media and market trends. Its use has become somewhat of a cliché1, and it is almost impossible to read
a treatment of globalization that does not acknowledge the ambivalence and hyperbole surrounding
the term. The phrase “globalization of legal education” has the power to conjure visions of
sophisticated lawyers-in-the-making jockeying for positions in transnational mega firms, or interning
at international courts and dreaming of combating injustice on an international scale. It has been
posited that a working knowledge of the global legal landscape is as indispensible to today’s legal
graduate as a working knowledge of digital technological advances.2 Can law really be taught at a
global scale, or is it still the province of domestic authority? A global lawyer may work in numerous
jurisdictions, or at least one different from where they were taught. How does their education prepare
them for that possibility? Can a global lawyer work in foreign jurisdictions in matters of private
law? Is the “globalization of legal education” just a marketing equivocation for classes conducted
in a common language, or about the international legal regime – or is there something substantively
and pedagogically distinctive about the endeavor? How should global legal education translate into
practice in 2015? This paper endeavors to explore the intersection between globalization of law and
globalization of legal education.


Keywords


Legal education, globalization, cooperation



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