Harvard Law School Global Legal Education Forum Doctoral Workshop: Call for Applications

In celebration of the 100th year of the S.J.D. Programme at Harvard, the Harvard Law School S.J.D. Association is organising the Global Legal Education Forum where professors and S.J.D. alumni from all over the world will meet to debate and discuss challenges, opportunities and innovations relating to legal education. The Forum will be kicked off by the Global Legal Education Doctoral Workshop.

Please see below for details about this workshop and the call for participants.

Call for Participants
Global Legal Education Doctoral Workshop
Harvard Law School, March 23, 2012

The Harvard Law School SJD Association warmly invites applications from students writing doctoral dissertations in law – or related fields such as education and globalization studies – to participate in the Global Legal Education Doctoral Workshop, to take place at Harvard Law School on March 23, 2012, from 9:00am-4:00pm. This Doctoral Forum is designed to set the stage for the Global Legal Education Forum, on March 23-25, 2012 at Harvard Law School. Ideally, Workshop participants should plan to attend both events.

The goal of the Doctoral Workshop is to identify and foster an academic community of emerging scholars and professionals interested in legal academia, private practice or policy work with a global component, and to frame the key questions and modes of analysis to be pursued in the Forum. The Workshop will engage doctoral students interested in a wide range of questions emerging from the ‘turn to the global’ in legal education. Among others, the Workshop will substantively address the impact of globalization on the following questions: What are the challenges to legal education in the 21st century? What role will doctoral studies in law play in the future of law teaching and law practice? Legal education is currently said to be in ‘crisis’; do the reforms taken under the guise of ‘global legal education’ meet these challenges? What is the emerging place of interdisciplinarity, comparative, transnational and ‘global’ methodologies in the legal academy? What can doctoral students do to initiate and foster institutional changes in their law schools?

Doctoral students will be active participants in a one-day workshop. The day will open with a breakfast and welcome from the Harvard Law School SJD Association. The Doctoral Workshop will consist of three main parts. The first will be a roundtable reaction session where students will present and debate their ideas on the most pressing challenges to global legal education in the 21st century, in response to previously distributed written and visual materials. In the second part, Professors David Wilkins (Harvard Law School), Charles Sabel (Columbia Law School) and Roberto Unger (Harvard Law School) will present their agendas for the future of legal education, followed by an open discussion. Finally, doctoral students will work in break-out groups to devise concrete initiatives – operative within legal academia and beyond – to respond to the challenges identified in the previous sessions.

Interested students should submit a brief statement of interest (approximately 250 words). Students who wish to more actively participate in the Workshop, particularly by giving a brief presentation (7 minutes) at the roundtable session, are encouraged to submit more detailed abstracts (up to 600 words) outlining their work and how they see themselves contributing to the Workshop; creative proposals for participation are encouraged! Students should provide statements of interest and abstracts when they RSVP; no later than March 15, 2012.

Because this is a student-organized event, we unfortunately do not have funding to cover participants’ travel expenses. We will make our best efforts to organize student-hosted accommodation for participants who request this in their RSVP submission.

Please register at this link.

If you have further questions, please email us at [email protected].

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