Wednesday, February 20, 2008
An Academic's Blog to Keep an Eye On, With Some Posts on the Teaching of Legal Ethics in the US and UK: Welcome to the Colonies, John Flood
Posted by Alan Childress
John Flood, a professor of law and sociology in the UK and Germany, is a leading figure in the Law and Society Association and a prodigious writer on law firms and the legal profession worldwide. His recent
work on the globalization of firms is becoming part of the basic canon of reading on the profession and its institutions internationally. Some of his writings are readily linked here (click on Publications).
This year, John is visiting at the University of Miami, lucky them (and lucky for him, the city has good cigars). And lucky for us, he is currently blogging his experiences at a US law school, with interesting contrasts to legal education in the UK. Here is his blog: Random Academic Thoughts (RATS). I was particularly interested in his post (see Feb. 2 here) on the difference between how legal ethics is taught in the US versus the UK, and we in US law schools (surprisingly) come off looking pretty good by comparison.
I also enjoyed these observations on giving a paper to a law faculty at lunch, which should be considered by those who will do a job talk in seeking employment as a law prof.