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American Legal Education Abroad: Critical Histories

Susan Bartie and David Sandomierski


Throughout the twentieth century, elite US law schools have been presented as sites of power, admiration, influence and envy. Robert Stevens, in the opening of his seminal 1983 work Law School, suggested that foreign lawyers looked wistfully at elite US law schools. At a time when US political institutions—and even law schools—seem to have lost much of their former global luster, this book investigates whether in reality the elite US models ever proved so attractive to foreigners. Collectively the contributions cast doubt on traditional narratives that point toward the globalization or homogen ... More

Keywords: legal education, US law schools, Harvard Law School, traditional narratives, globalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479803583
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479803583.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Bartie, editor
University of Tasmania

David Sandomierski, editor
Western University

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Front Matter

Part 1 Foundation Stories

Part 2 Americanization—Critical Histories

7 Model, System, or Node?

Jedidiah J. Kroncke

8 Transplants in Estonian Legal Education

Irene Kull, Merike Ristikivi, and Aleksei Kelli

9 “The Turn to the West”

Kjell Å Modéer

12 American Moment(s)

Pnina Lahav

13 Catalytic Agents?

David Sandomierski

15 Socratic Method, Philippine-style

Emily Sanchez Salcedo

Part 3 US Perspectives