The Future Practice of Law
Edited by William van Caenegem and Mary Hiscock
Chapter 10: Legal education in a globalised world: Micro/macro reforms and international outsourcing for developing countries
In the globalised world, there are ever-increasing intimate connections, and closer relations between countries and societies. Immense global exchanges of people, goods, services and information are also occurring because of the increasing needs of such interactions, and the development of technologies, as well as higher levels of integration in economies, trade systems and other aspects of modern life. Such a globalisation process has wide implications for almost every field of public and private affairs. Of course it also deeply affects the content and process of legal education in different countries, mainly because of the greater demand for lawyers capable of handling new types of legal matters and complicated transnational legal affairs arising from these global interactions, aided by the development of technology. However, it must be noted that although the structure, content, and processes of legal education have profoundly changed in many jurisdictions in response to globalisation, legal educators in other countries remain challenged by their specific difficulties and have yet to identify the most appropriate approach to tackle these challenges. This chapter first discusses the specific aspects of globalisation affecting the legal profession and therefore legal education. It then reviews some selected traditional issues of legal education, including teaching legal skills, and emphasises the importance of identifying different values and having the ability to balance these values in light of globalisation. Such traditional issues are highly relevant to globalisation and are of immense importance in this globalised world.
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