Internationalizing Legal Education: Resources from NAFSA's 2013 Colloquium


Internationalizing Legal Education: Resources from NAFSA's 2013 Colloquium

May 28, 2013

Building on the success of last year’s colloquium, the 2013 Colloquium on Internationalizing Legal Education was held in St. Louis, Missouri, in May 2013. More than 50 participants from law schools and related organizations came together to discuss practical strategies and techniques that can be adopted to develop a comprehensive approach to internationalizing the law school, from the domestic curriculum to skills to high-quality international experiences. The afternoon of small group discussion allowed participants to learn the nuts and bolts of various successful models in internationalization efforts in law schools.

NAFSA thanks the Law School Admission Council (LSAC®) and Saint Louis University School of Law for their generous support of the colloquium.

Presentation Materials

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Colloquium Program
The program provides the schedule of events, session titles and descriptions, and presenters' names and institutions.

Let Us Count the Ways: The Many Worlds of Globalized Legal Education
Carrie Menkel-Meadow, JD, Chancellor's Professor of Law, University of California-Irvine Law School and A.B. Chettle Professor of Law, Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure, Georgetown Law Center, spoke about the multiple ways in which legal education has become transnational and globalized— domestically in the United States, through required international law courses in first- or upper-level curricula, advanced, and experiential study, and LLM programs, both national and international, and internationally through semester, summer, or other abroad JD programs. She also discussed new multinational and multi-institutional sites of learning for law study and practice for both U.S. and non-U.S. students (including international externships).

Educating Globally Competent Lawyers: Integrating Theory and Practice
Panelists provided curricular exemplars of how to integrate global competencies in law school.

  • A Practical Approach to Internationalizing Legal Skills Education for All Law Students
    Diane Penneys Edelman, JD, Director of International Programs, Villanova University School of Law, covered the relevance and importance of exposing international and comparative legal issues to law students at the earliest point in their legal education through first-year legal research, analysis, and writing courses. She provided examples of how to integrate these issues through a moot court component that is either motion- or appeal-oriented.
  • Intercultural Competence for Lawyers (Handout)
    Lori Reynolds, JD, Director of Advanced Legal Studies, Peking University School of Transnational Law, focused on the intercultural skills needed to be a global lawyer. She presented scenarios in legal practice in which lawyers must communicate effectively and appropriately with colleagues and clients from other cultures, and then discussed the knowledge, skills, and attitudes students need to develop for this type of communication and problem solving.

Small Group Discussion:
Participants divided into smaller groups and rotated through two of the three small sessions. Facilitators lead discussion on the following topics:

  • Beyond Our Borders: Internationalization Through JD Student Mobility
    Theresa Kaiser, JD, Director of Global Opportunities at American University’s Washington College of Law, focused on the myriad of options that exist for JD students to internationalize their academic studies through overseas experiences. Purposes and best practices involving various models such as embedded courses, externships, dual-degree programs, winter-break programs, and exchanges were discussed. Participants were encouraged to share creative ideas, enthusiastic contributions, and healthy curiosity.
  • Professionalizing the LL.M. Curriculum
    Khary D. Hornsby, JD, Director of International and Graduate Programs, University of Minnesota Law School. U.S. LL.M. programs have never been in higher demand. However, this rise in demand has been coupled with an increasingly sophisticated pool of applicants in search of more than a classroom, theoretical experience. This breakout session explored creative ideas for expanding professional and practical options within LL.M. curricula.
  • Interinstitutional Partnerships and the Role of Faculty
    Jessica Richman Dworkin, JD, Assistant Dean of International and Graduate Programs, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, talked about the role of faculty in creating and/or maintaining interinstitutional partnerships. This breakout session explored purposes and best practices involved in different approaches for various kinds of interinstitutional partnerships (dual degrees, exchange programs, MOUs, etc.).