Saturday, 9 August 2008

Internationlization of legal education services

From July 26th to August 2nd, I was in Palm Beach, Flordia for the 61st Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), the largest regional association of law school in the US. I was invited to speak on the Panel on Comparative Business Regulation, but also participated in other panels, including one on the international programs by US-based law schools. I was surprised to find that, even though the US has been aggressively pushing for the opening up of services markets worldwide, most US law schools (except some of the elite schools) have been rather late in their internationalization efforts. On the other hand, many law schools in Europe and Asia are way ahead in this game. Unless more efforts can be put into this, the employment prospects of greduates of US law schools might be further dimmed with the decline of the US influence worldwide.

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