Global Legal Education and Comparative Visa Regulations

Global Legal Education and Comparative Visa Regulations

┬áLuca C.M. Melchionna, St. John’s School of Law, Columbia Univ. – Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America

available on SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1392944

Legal education is slowly but steadily becoming global. U.S. law schools are adapting to the need to educate jurists who can work on cross border issues. Within the next 100 years, U.S. law schools will face the challenges of educating an increasing number of international students, while dealing with diverse legal systems.

In the next 100 years, U.S. law schools will expand overseas with several branches (at least one in every country or group of countries with legal and economic relevancy) and will embrace corporate form and a business approach. Faculty and administrators should carefully plan today for the future placement (in terms of ranking) and development (in terms of scientific breakthrough) of their academia if they seriously consider obtaining global presence, recognition and intellectual credibility. Those who do not have plans to globalize today will struggle tomorrow locally.

Only those law schools that are investing today in a solid globalization of their curricula and hiring faculty with diverse skills will be the primary actors in the field of global legal education in the 22nd Century.

This article has three main objectives:
(a) To define the issues currently influencing the movement global movement in legal education and their effect on its future development.
(b) To analyze the visa (or entry) regulations of the countries where U..S. students currently have the privilege of travelling for study or research purposes.
(c) To analyze the host regulations that U.S. universities have to face when they plan to offer educational services in a foreign jurisdiction through a physical presence in that jurisdiction.

An analysis and comparison of the entry regulations of 16 jurisdictions will be offered, with special attention to the French, Italian, E.U. and U..S. visa situations. The paper will analyze how E.U. regulations are not completely and uniformly followed by some member states and how U.S. regulations could be improved for at least short term study programs. The legal and economic consequences of these regulations will be addressed as well.

Law students to replace law librarians?

This news blast from down under:

QUEENSLAND magistrates are upset by moves to replace their highly qualified researchers with law students paid just $13.50 an hour.

In the article, written by Matthew Fynes-Clinton in the Courier Mail, the headline brings fears of “getting decisions wrong.”

And, what do folks at the Justice Department think of the law students’ research skills?:

“But these kids they’ll be turning to are students who don’t know anything.”

The ‘architect’ of this plan is the Court Librarian, Aladin Rahemtula. According to the article:

“It is believed Mr Rahemtula wants the Supreme Court library to take over the Justice and Attorney-General (JAG) department library – which currently serves 87 magistrates scattered across the state.

The JAG facility is operated by a small group of professional legal research librarians in the State Law building in George St, Brisbane.

The experienced staffers hold law or other tertiary degrees.

All have postgraduate qualifications in librarianship. . . .

Mr Rahemtula is understood to have told Judge Irwin the Supreme Court library depended on law students, not librarians, for its research.

He said the students were paid $13.50 an hour. But they were “bright” and he vowed to recruit more of them to handle the magistrates’ requests.”

Read the article to learn more. Interesting times.

Thomson/West White Papers on Lawyer and Law Student Legal Research Skills

In conjunction with the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting on July 12-15, 2008, Thomson/West presented a white paper Partnership and Solutions for Preparing Job-Ready Attorneys that follows on its 2007 white paper Research Skills for Lawyers and Law Students.