Teaching Comparative Civil Procedure
Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 56, No. 4, December 2006
9 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2007
Despite recent developments, American scholars are among the most parochial in the world. In this article, I share my experience and innovative techniques on teaching comparative civil procedure seminars to US and foreign students.
In this seminar, each session addresses a different topic assigned to pairs of students on the first day of class. If possible, each pair consists of one American (usually a JD student) and one foreign student (usually an LLM student.) The American student presents the topic from the point of view of the foreign system and the foreign student presents the topic from the point of view of the American system. In addition to requiring that each student understand a different procedural system, this provides for more engaging discourse because each student will analyze his or her assigned system with a different perspective from that of a lawyer trained in that tradition.
This paper was presented at an AALS Annual Meeting, held in San Francisco. La version française de ce document se trouvent à: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1016412
The Greek version of this document can be found at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1757707
La versión en español de este artículo puede encontrarse en: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2063017
Keywords: legal education, comparative civil procedure, american legal education, innovative teaching
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