Call for Papers Deadline: Global Legal Ed Doctoral Workshop – Cambridge, MA

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-3:45pm. The deadline for submitting a statement of interest is Feb. 24, 2012.

The 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 aim of the Global Legal Education Forum is to develop a thicker understanding of the intellectual and professional trajectories of contemporary legal education reforms, their implications for global and national elite leadership, the potential distributive effects for law schools that lack the material, technological, or faculty resources to “go global,” and the uniqueness or similarity of these reforms relative to those being undertaken in other professional disciplines. In short, we aim through the workshops and Forum to intensively study the phenomenon of contemporary reforms and their distributive effects for different actors.

The March 2012 Forum also marks the 100th Anniversary of the Harvard Law School S.J.D. Program. The Graduate Program at HLS has from the post-­?WWII era, with strong renewal during the 1980s, attracted leading candidates with foreign legal training. Doctoral candidates and SJD alumni have longstanding experience and expertise in global, comparative, and transnational scholarship, research, and practice. Global legal education is a natural fit with the educational background and expertise of many doctoral candidates and Alumni.

To foster cross-­?cutting discussion, the Global Legal Education Forum will convene law school deans, law professors, legal practitioners, law students and graduate candidates and HLS S.J.D. Alumni from various regions, as well as academics from other professional disciplines undergoing “global reform.”