Globalizing the Law Curriculum for Twenty-First-Century Lawyering

Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 67, p. 905 (Summer 2018)

Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 19-2

74 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2019

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Rosa Kim

Suffolk University Law School

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

As the practice of law becomes increasingly globalized, U.S. law schools have a responsibility to expose students to international and comparative law. The resurgence of nationalist and xenophobic ideologies in the current political climate makes it even more critical for legal educators to foster an inclusive, global, and diverse approach to the law. Yet the vast majority of U.S. law schools, in contrast to their counterparts abroad, do not require an international component in the curriculum, as there is no ABA or bar mandate to do so. This article examines the state of global engagement of U.S. law schools and argues that learning outcomes-focused curricula should include basic global competency as integral to effective lawyering. It further argues that a coherent and intentional approach to globalization that begins with faculty education and includes curricular, co-curricular and non-curricular dimensions, can achieve the goal with minimal cost.

Suggested Citation

Kim, Rosa, Globalizing the Law Curriculum for Twenty-First-Century Lawyering (2018). Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 67, p. 905 (Summer 2018); Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 19-2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3313798

Rosa Kim (Contact Author)

Suffolk University Law School ( email )

120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States

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