Legal Education in Asia: Globalization, Change and Contexts – In Review
Journal of Japanese Law, No. 30, pp. 255-264, 2010
10 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2011 Last revised: 16 Dec 2012
Date Written: January 31, 2011
This is a review essay of a recent 16-chapter monograph on legal education in Asia, commemorating the teaching, research and formidable networking capacity of the late Professor Malcolm Smith – a leader in developing Asian and Japanese Law studies in Australia, Canada and world-wide. It focuses on legal education in the developed economies selected for the book. It pays particular attention to Japan (with major postgraduate “Law School” reforms inaugurated from 2004), but also compares South Korea and Taiwan (sharing much modern legal history with Japan, but taking quite different paths in legal education reforms recently), as well as Singapore and Hong Kong (where commercial and vocational imperatives may be growing even more strongly). The essay also extends the model proposed in the chapter by Anderson and Ryan – linking approaches to legal education to the question of who constitutes the primary “gatekeeper” to the legal profession (lawyers themselves, the state, universities, or the market) – to bring Australian developments into broader comparative perspective too.
Keywords: Legal Education, Legal Profession, Globalisation, Comparative Law, Asian Law, Japanese Law, Commonwealth Law, Australian Law
JEL Classification: K10, K30
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