Global Learning in Legal Education


Working Together to Internationalize Higher Education

Understanding and instituting comprehensive internationalization in the U.S. law school curriculum entails identifying issues, challenges, and solutions to incorporating a global perspective. Our goal is to provide a space where deans, faculty members, senior international officers, and program directors convene to discuss interinstitutional collaborations, internationalizing the curriculum, and global competencies of the twenty-first century legal practitioner. Participants will explore strategies for internationalization, identify best practices of model collaborations, and develop metrics and assessment tools used in the evaluation of international collaboration and co-curricular activities.

Upcoming Events

Architecture for Global Learning
Architecture for Global Learning is an online professional enrichment series developed by NAFSA to help faculty, scholars, and administrators strengthen their understanding of global learning goals into concrete curricular and co-curricular experiences that are flexible, rigorous, and relevant to students.

Series II will consist of six, 60-minute e-Seminars delivered throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Series II will include presentations and discussions with noted scholars, researchers, and practitioners focusing on responding to nationalism and xenophobia, the STEAM'D disciplines, foreign language teaching, assessment, and more.

NAFSA Research Symposium
April 6, 2018 | Washington, D.C.
NAFSA Research Symposium events serve the research community in the field of international education and related disciplines by providing researchers and scholars the opportunity to share their work in an academic and professional environment and participate in a critical discussion of the theories, methodologies, and practices being used in their research. As such, the Research Symposium is considered relevant to international education researchers at every stage of their career - graduate students, post-docs, faculty members and practitioners. Research Symposium events are held in the spring and fall, with the next event being held at the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Recent Events

NAFSA Research Symposium
November 17, 2017 | Washington, D.C.

NAFSA's third Research Symposium - A Critical Discussion of Theories, Methodologies, and Practices in International Education - provided researchers and scholars in the field of international education and related disciplines the opportunity to share their work in an academic and professional environment, as well as participate in a critical discussion of the theories, methodologies, and practices being used in their research. Developed from the symposium as a resource for scholars and practitioners, the NAFSA Research Symposium Series presents a compilation of original and innovative research in international education and is available for download.

Global Learning Colloquium on Legal Education: Strategic International Partnerships: Providing Global Learning Opportunities for Student Success
May 30, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA
What are the cross-cultural and global competencies required of a 21st century lawyer? How can you ensure that students develop these critical skills? What role can international partnerships play in supporting the development of these competencies? At this event deans, faculty members, legal scholars, and program directors discussed strategies for incorporating global perspectives into legal education. Experts in the field presented best practices for integrating cultural and global learning into programming. Participants explored strategies and techniques to internationalize the law school through developing international partnerships, exchange programs, and the integration of cultural and global competencies into curricula. View the agenda and materials.


Meet a Thought Leader

Adelaide Ferguson is an international education and development consultant with more than 20 years of experience in strategic development and management of international education degree and non-degree programs for U.S. and international students, scholars, and professionals. She advises public and private universities, professional schools, and international education associations on a broad range of global initiatives. Ferguson worked at the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law from 1988 to 2008, most recently as the senior officer for international affairs.

NAFSA Resources

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Additional Resources

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