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Crossing Borders in the Classroom: A Comparative Law Experiment in Family Law


Nicole LaViolette


University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law

J. Thomas Oldham


University of Houston Law Center

Barbara Ann Atwood


University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law

Graciela Jasa Silveira


University of Sonora; Faculty of Law, McGill University

April 5, 2011

Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 55, pp. 542-559, 2006

Abstract:     
What if law students in Mexico could talk to law students in Canada about same-sex marriage? What if law students in Texas could talk to law students in Arizona about the enforcement of agreements between cohabitants? What if all of these students could converse about the law’s response to domestic violence? These were some of the questions that family law professors tossed around at a curriculum development workshop sponsored by the North American Consortium of Legal Education (NACLE) in 2001. That first discussion led to the development of an experimental cross-border course which has been offered to American, Canadian, and Mexican law students since 2003. This article describes the development of the NACLE Family Law Module. By focusing on the experience of students and teachers during the three semesters in which the NACLE cross-border course has been offered, we will bring out the pedagogical value of cross-border teaching for law students and faculty, and examine the benefits and challenges of teaching across national boundaries. Finally, the review of our experience helps identify some implications for future iterations of the course.

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Date posted: April 8, 2011  

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LaViolette, Nicole and Oldham, J. Thomas and Atwood, Barbara Ann and Jasa Silveira, Graciela, Crossing Borders in the Classroom: A Comparative Law Experiment in Family Law (April 5, 2011). Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 55, pp. 542-559, 2006 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1803793

Contact Information

Nicole LaViolette (Contact Author)
University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law ( email )
57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Canada
J. Thomas Oldham
University of Houston Law Center ( email )
100 Law Center
Suite 230 BLB
Houston, TX 77204-6054
United States
Barbara Ann Atwood
University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law ( email )
P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
United States

Graciela Jasa Silveira
University of Sonora ( email )
Blvd. Luis Encinas y Rosales S/N
Col. Centro
Hermosillo, Sonora 83150
Mexico
HOME PAGE: http://www.uson.mx/
Faculty of Law, McGill University ( email )
3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada
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