McGeorge School of Law

Intercultural Legal Competence Workshop


Aug. 7 to 8, 2011


The purpose of the Workshop was to explore how law schools can best prepare graduates who seek to engage in transnational practice, and to develop a roadmap for a curriculum that will prepare students for transnational practice.

The morning session began by defining "intercultural legal competence" by delineating specific outcomes of such a curriculum. Specifically, what added knowledge, skills, and values, beyond knowledge of potentially relevant international and foreign laws, are necessary for attorneys to deal effectively with parties, attorneys, officials, or others from other nations, and to represent clients in transactions and disputes which occur outside the borders of their home nation?

The afternoon session sought to provide ideas for courses, programs, and pedagogies that can achieve the outcomes specified for intercultural legal competence. The goal was to produce a variety of options, along with an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each, so that schools can make informed choices.

Ultimately, a report will be produced summarizing the outcomes identified as the measures of intercultural legal competence and the menu of educational options we suggest for achieving these outcomes. This report will follow the model of the report that followed the workshop on "Globalizing the Law School Curriculum," which also took place at Lake Tahoe in 2005.


Jeanne M. Brett
Sue Bryant & Jean Koh Peters
Laura Nader
Lawrence Rosen
Susan G. Sample

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