Globalizing the Law Curriculum for Twenty-First-Century Lawyering
Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 67, p. 905 (Summer 2018)
74 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2019
Date Written: 2018
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.
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