NAFSA Global Learning Colloquium on Legal Education

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Internationalizing the Curriculum

Strategic International Partnerships: Providing Global Learning Opportunities for Student Success

Thursday, June 1, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA

  • What are the cross-cultural and global competencies required of a 21st-century lawyer?
  • How do you ensure that students develop these critical skills?
  • What role can international partnerships play in supporting the development of these competencies?

In today’s globally interconnected legal environment, graduates of legal education programs need to be prepared to work with diverse clientele and understand the international issues impacting their practice. Demographic changes and increasingly interconnected legal environments require students to possess intercultural and global competencies in order to be effective practitioners. Law schools need to develop and leverage international partnerships in order to provide students with the global learning opportunities that are necessary for them to become adequately prepared for the increasingly diverse and globalized legal environment.

This colloquium provided a space where deans, faculty members, senior international officers, and program directors convene to discuss strategies and best practices for providing these crucial global learning opportunities. Guided by experts in the field, participants explored models of strategic international partnerships that provide valuable global learning opportunities. In addition, participants discussed ways to align curricular and co-curricular activities; defined and assessed student learning outcomes; and otherwise leveraged international partnerships for student success. A key component of this event was the examination of successful international partnerships to promote and provide important global learning opportunities for students.

Participants worked with expert facilitators and in small groups to:

  • Learn strategies to develop the cross-cultural and global knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students need to successfully practice law in the 21st century;
  • Articulate ways to align high-impact global learning experiences, such as service learning and education abroad, with academic coursework and student development pedagogies;
  • Explore ways of developing strategic partnerships to enhance cross-cultural and global learning opportunities; and
  • Network with potential partners to form strategic alliances to support global learning opportunities for students.

All participants received:

  • Certificate of Completion – Professional Development Program in Global Learning
  • Complimentary copy of seminal text Learning Across Cultures (Althen)
  • Handbook of Resources
  • Access to the Plenary Address by Shirin Ebadi


Thursday, June 1, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Check in and Registration
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Overview
The Importance of Global Learning in Legal Education
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Lori Reynolds, Adjunct Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Framing Session and Panel Discussion
Global Learning Competencies in Legal Education
  • A Research-Based Definition of Global Learning and How It Can Be Based in Legal Education
    Hilary Landorf, PhD, Associate Professor, International & Intercultural Education; Director, Office of Global Learning Initiatives; Executive Director, Comparative & International Education Society, Florida International University
Presentation: Defining Global Learning and its Implications for Legal Education
  • Developing Global Competencies through a First-Year Course
    Lori Reynolds
Presentation: Developing Global Competencies through a First-Year Course
  • Exploring Global Competencies through Diverse Programming
    Lisa Bliss, Associate Clinical Professor, Director of Experiential Education and Co-Director of HeLP Legal Services Clinic, Georgia State University, College of Law
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. First Collaborative Opportunity
Small Group Discussions: How are you already incorporating Global Learning into your programming?

Facilitated by:

  • Hilary Landorf, PhD
  • Lori Reynolds
  • Lisa Bliss
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion
Innovative Approaches to Developing Global Competencies for Law Students
  • Educating for Global Competence amid the Rise of Anti-Globalism
    Lesley A. Benn, JD, Executive Director, International Law Students Association
Presentation: Educating for Global Competence Amid the Rise of Anti-Globalism
  • Strategies & Best Practices for International Partnerships
    Aaron Ghirardelli, Visiting Associate Clinical Professor, Faculty Director, LLM and JSD Programs, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • Global Experiential Learning: A Necessary Component of Legal Education
    Vinitia Bali, JD, LLM, Director, Center for Global Law & Policy and Director, Summer Programs, Santa Clara Law
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Coffee Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel Presentation and Discussion
Strategies and Best Practices for International Partnerships
  • Lesley A. Benn, JD
  • Aaron Ghirardelli
  • Vinitia Bali, JD, LLM
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Keynote Address
Illicit International Markets: Global Learning for Global Problems
  • Karen E. Bravo, JD, LLM, Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and International Affairs
Presentation: Illicit International Markets: Global Learning for Global Problems
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Presentation
Legal Education in the Context of Peace Building Processes: Global Challenges & Opportunities
  • Felipe Serrano-Martinez, JD, LLM, MPP, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Presentation: Legal Education in the Context of Peace Building Processes
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Final Collaborative Opportunity
Identifying Best Practices & Developing Strategies for Global Learning through International Partnerships

Facilitated by:

  • Hilary Landorf, PhD
  • Lori Reynolds
  • Lisa Bliss
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Next Steps
  • Lori Reynolds
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. NAFSA Plenary Speaker  

*Please note that colloquium schedules and events are subject to change.

Special Offer

Invite your students to attend NAFSA 2017 colloquia on the internationalization of curriculum for just $99. Bring one or more students and receive a 20-percent discount.

2017 Presenters

Presenter bios


NAFSA thanks the Loyola Marymount University for its generous support of this event.