Course Details

Globalization and the Legal Profession

In this seminar, we examine the intersection of globalization and the legal profession. Our focus is on whether and in what ways global forces influence lawyers, legal institutions (including law firms and other practice organizations, and law schools, for example) and law itself, and vice versa. We begin the semester by considering the nature of professions and what is encompassed by the notion of globalization in order to provide context and framework; this includes considering the way that various processes, such as regulation and legal education, reinforce the definition and boundaries of the legal profession. During the term, we also will explore themes of (i) mobility; (ii) the role of organizations in lawyers' work (and the related issues of independence and employment); (iii) the rise of global standards and norms affecting lawyers and law firms such as pro bono; (iv) new competition relating to non-lawyer ownership, litigation funding, accounting firms providing legal services, and the growth of corporate legal departments; and (v) legal education and the production of lawyers. Each of these themes will be explored through the lens of particular countries, including the United States, China, South Korea, Japan, India, the UK, Germany, South Africa and Brazil, among others. Throughout the semester, we will consider regulatory approaches taken by various jurisdictions. Readings, comprised of current news sources, scholarly articles and book chapters, will be made available to students through Canvas. 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. This class meets the Research Writing Requirement.

Catalog Number: CONPUB 697
Practice Areas: Constitutional Law & ProcedureInternational Law Practice AreaLegal Profession and Regulation
Additional Course Information: Research Writing

Course History

Spring 2020
Title: Globalization and the Legal Profession
Section: X1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 0