The Export of Legal Education: An Evaluation of Its Promise and Impact in Transition Countries
On January 26-27, 2007, the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law hosted a Roundtable on "The Export of Legal Education: An Evaluation of its Promise and Impact in Transition Countries." Papers were presented by 12 LL.M. graduates from the Law School who are now teaching and working in their home countries, as well as by Mr. Wade Channell of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Through the LL.M. Program for Foreign Law Graduates, The School of Law has regularly observed instances in which the legal education exported through our graduates has had a significant impact on legal education and the development of law in another country. Despite the fact that the export of legal education is little noted in official trade statistics, we believe it is one of the most important U.S. exports in terms of benefits for both the United States and the country to which it is exported. This roundtable discussion, which included both presentations by LL.M. graduates who have been the subjects of such exportation and discussion by a group of policy-makers and practitioners whose work intersects with the export of legal education, was organized to obtain more concrete information on this subject.
We believe the papers, made available online through the CILE website, are a valuable resource of first-hand accounts of the impact that an American legal education can have on the rule of law in transitioning countries.
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