Wednesday, January 4, 2017

AALS Panel on Experiential Learning Placements for International Students

AALS-ILEX-2017The American Bar Association requires at least six credit hours of meaningful experiential opportunities for each student. Some state bars have considered an even larger requirement. But how can we create opportunities for foreign law students in the United States or U.S. students in foreign countries? Experiential opportunities can include: local clinical opportunities for foreign law students and the equivalent for U.S. law students in foreign countries, field placements, externships, student trainee exchange programs (STEP) pursuant to the ELSA model, and a host of other creative solutions. They may also include practice-based experiential coursework within the curriculum. Challenges faced include: sourcing enough meaningful externships for incoming international and post-graduate students and securing for outgoing exchange JD students, and managing these and the other placement opportunities; developing field placement templates that address labor issues within and outside the U.S.; and outcomes and assessment for placements such as rubrics and other instrument for assessment among others.

The Association of American Law Schools Section on International Legal Exchange and the AALS Section on Post-Graduate Legal Education presented a joint program on how to create and find these opportunities in an international context. The half-day program was co-sponsored by the AALS Section on Clinical Education, the AALS Section on East Asian Law and Society, and the AALS Section on Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers.

Speakers on the first part of the program (first photo above) were Gillian Dutton (Seattle University School of Law), Jessica Burns (Vice President of Global Programs, Global Experiences), Carole Silver (Northwestern University), Charlotte Ku (Texas A&M University School of Law), and William H. Byrnes (Texas A&M University School of Law and Chair of the AALS Section on International Legal Exchange).

AALS-2017 ILEX Part 2Speakers on the second panel (pictured at left) were Aric K. Short (Texas A&M University), Srividhya Ragavan (Texas A&M University), Susan B. Schechter (University of California, Berkeley School of Law), and Jeffrey Ellis Thomas (University of Missouri Kansas-City School of Law).





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Monday, January 2, 2017

Call for Papers: Trade, Law, and Development

The Board of Editors of Trade, Law and Development invites original, unpublished manuscripts for publication in the Summer 2017 Special Issue of the Journal on "Recent Regionalism." Manuscripts may be in the form of Articles, Notes, Comments, or Book Reviews.

TL&D aims to generate and sustain a democratic debate on emerging issues in international economic law, with a special focus on the developing world. Towards these ends, we have published works by noted scholars such as Professors Petros Mavroidis, Mitsuo Matsuhita, Raj Bhala, Joel Trachtman, Gabrielle Marceau, Simon Lester, Bryan Mercurio, E.U. Petersmann, and M. Sornarajah among others.

TL&D is ranked as the best journal in India across all fields of law and the 10th best trade journal worldwide by Washington and Lee University, School of Law for five consecutive years (2011-15) [The Washington & Lee Rankings are considered to be the most comprehensive in this regard].

For more information, see the submission guidelines at or send them a message at

The last date for submissions is February 15, 2017.

Hat tip to Rhea Jha, Editor-in-Chief


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