International Legal Education: The Future Is Now

Vol. 43 No. 2


Gabrielle M. Buckley, chair of the Section of International Law, is a shareholder in the Chicago office of Vedder Price, P.C. She heads the firm’s Business Immigration practice.

It is often argued that the practice of law and the teaching of law are growing distant from each other, as legal education seeks academic respectability in theory and the practicing bar looks for graduates with a full complement of professional skills. In the Section of International Law, we find that we are, instead, thriving on the interplay between the academic and practicing branches of our profession, and this issue of International Law News, which addresses the theme of “International Legal Education,” reflects that productive relationship.

Our first article ties the theme of legal education and legal practice together beautifully. Dean Nora Demleitner, professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, addresses important structural changes in U.S. legal education, aspects of the recently released report of the ABA Task Force on Legal Education, and the importance of international and cross-cultural legal studies.

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