Boston University School of Law

JD979 Globalization of the Legal Profession (S)


This seminar explores the emerging globalization of the legal profession and issues such as modern business needs for multi-jurisdictional legal practice, the ability of lawyers to practice in foreign countries, and the effects of globalization on legal careers and the institutional contexts (firms, government agencies, in-house legal departments, nonprofits, etc.) in which lawyers practice. It encourages students to consider globalization not only as an economic reality for legal practitioners, but also in its larger social and political dimensions. It takes a multi-faceted approach and examines the varied perspectives of private law practitioners, government lawyers, corporate counsel, public interest lawyers, and the judiciary. A strong emphasis throughout is the impact of globalization upon legal careers. The seminar encourages students to consider not only the status quo, but also how globalization will reshape individual career paths as well as the profession itself in the years to come. Grading: The final grade will be based on a course paper. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: With approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the paper may be used to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement. PREREQUISITES: None, but prior coursework or experience with one or more of the following is helpful: international institutions, public and private international law, international business transactions, and/or professional responsibility. Students lacking familiarity with these subjects may find themselves performing additional background reading at times. NOTE: This course satisfies the Upper-class Professional Responsibility requirement. RESTRICTION: Students who took Dr. Nersessian's Spring 2011 Professional Responsibility course are not permitted to enroll in this seminar due to a substantial overlap in material covered. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.