Asian Legal Education in the Age of Globalization: A Comparative View

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Haley, John O.
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서울대학교 법학연구소
법학, Vol.34 No.2 pp.2-8
legal educationSocratic methods
Legal education around the globe may seem to many remarkably resistant
to fundamental change. In the United States, superficially at least, the
curriculum in most law schools has undergone little basic change over the
course of a half century. To be sure new courses have been added from
environmental law to feminist jurisprudence in response to changing social
concerns and values, but the staple subjects of judge-made, private lawcontracts,
torts, property-still dominate the first year curriculum in nearly
all American law schools. And we continue to emphasize our so-called Socratic
methods of instruction. So too in the Civil Law World of continental Europe,
Latin America, and East Asia neither the mode nor the substance of legal
education has undergone the transformation that one might expect in this age
of rapid economic, social, and political change. Again private law dominates
and the preferred method of instruction remains the lecture.
In my comments on a comparative view of Asian legal education today,
I would like to suggest that beneath the surface fundamental changes are
indeed taking place and that legal education is in fact responding, albeit at
a more gradual pace than many would prefer, to the global changes that
surround us. As legal educators we are thus challenged to adapt to these
changes and the opportunities they provide us both to broaden and deepen
our own understanding of law and its role and function in a world of
instantaneous communication and mutual interdependency.
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