The SIL Goes to London
On Saturday, October 19, 2013, I attended the Section of International Law’s first International Legal Education Summit, held at the end of the Section’s 2013 Fall Meeting in London. The event offered interactive panels of eminent law school deans, professors, and practitioners from both sides of the Atlantic who addressed the evolving nature of legal practice and legal education. Organizers also brought together students, practitioners, and educators for combined networking, career advice, and discussions focusing on reforming and improving legal education. The University of Law London Moorgate served as a most gracious host.
Morning sessions included panels of current practitioners or legal recruiters; the main theme, not surprisingly, was securing employment in international law. The afternoon was divided into two parts. First, there were interactive question-and-answer panels; the main topic was the improvement of legal education. Following the panels, all conference participants broke into small groups to discuss the day’s broader themes. Each component of the conference was at once familiar and progressive. Panels are common to conference life, but these panels were well targeted and offered greater diversity of perspective than usual. Further, the breakout sessions made the conference immensely productive.
In addition to reviewing the day’s activities, this brief article will make note of the importance of events like this to the progress of legal education. Globalized legal education means sharing ideas across borders and creating transnational networks. Such comparative perspectives strengthen both international and domestic legal education.