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Globalization and the Legal Profession

In this seminar, we examine the intersection of globalization and the legal profession. Our concern is whether and in what ways globalization influences lawyers, legal institutions (including law firms and other practice organizations, and law schools, for example) and law itself. We begin the semester with general readings on globalization and professions, in order to provide context and framework. Following this, we consider the role of lawyers and law in various countries and regions; these national studies allow us to consider how globalization may affect the local (that is, national) profession and the significance of national and regional boundaries. Finally, we extend our study beyond the national to examine particular areas of law, such as international commercial arbitration or labor and employment law, which reveal the processes of globalization with regard to national law and lawyers. This allows us insight into the development of transnational standards and processes in which lawyers play an important role. Finally, we also will consider how globalization influences legal education. In studying national professions, our concern is with a broad range of issues, including, for example: - Is law an elite profession in the particular country? What are the backgrounds and professional ambitions of individuals who become lawyers and what does this tell us about the role of law there? - What is the nature of local legal education, has it changed recently (if so, why) and how does this influence questions of status and barriers to entry? - What sort of national or local regulation of lawyers (and law firms) exists, and how has it changed - if at all - as foreign firms have sought entry? - What is the relationship of lawyers working for the state to those in private enterprises, including in-house counsel? How has this changed with globalization? - How does the national legal profession interact with foreign lawyers, if at all, and how is this influenced by globalization? - What role is played by competition from non-law professionals? The nationally-focused studies will be supplemented with a consideration of the influence exerted by trade regulation, such as GATS, among others. Readings will be compiled from current news sources, scholarly articles and book chapters, and made available to students through Blackboard. Students will be evaluated on the basis of a combination of the following: (i) research paper, (ii) interview project, (iii) final presentation of research paper and (iv) class participation.


Catalog Number: CONPUB 697
Practice Areas: Constitutional Law & ProcedureInternational Law Practice AreaLegal Profession and Regulation
Additional Course Information: 1 Draft degree req may be met with class ,  3 draft degree req may be met with class ,  Consult Professor about writing requirements


Course History

Spring 2014
Title: Globalization and the Legal Profession
Faculty: Silver, Carole (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 12