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Transnational Legal Education in Korean Law Schools

  • DONG-A LAW REVIEW
  • 2013, (59), pp.413-441
  • Publisher : The Institute for Legal Studies Dong-A University
  • Research Area : Social Science > Law

Ji Won Park 1

1국회도서관

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ABSTRACT

Our lives has become more and more international. Everybody says “internationalization” or “globalization”, however it is hard to describe exactly what they mean with confidence. The same ambiguity was laid on legal education. In 2009, when Korea first introduced US-style law school, the proponents of new regime argued that one of the main purpose of new establishment was to train lawyers to be competitive in the globalized legal market. 4 years has passed since then and the lawyers who have been taught under new system have continued to debut. Maybe it is too soon to evaluate whether they are ‘globally’ competitive or not, however it is soon enough to appraise whether they have been taught enough basics on transnational legal affairs. Unfortunately our conception of law and related legal education have not been followed up much as far as ‘transnational elements’ in the legal affairs are concerned. What are covered in the law school education still remain basically local, and transnational aspects of legal affairs have not been covered enough. I believe that lawyer who is well trained for the transnational legal affairs in a specific category of law is the lawyer whom we intended to bring up through the new regime of legal education. Transnational legal affairs itself cannot be the aim of legal specialty. Hence all law schools should consider requiring basic transnational law courses as necessary. It is especially difficult to do so with the first year students because of their limited background in legal knowledge. So basic transnational law courses may fit well with 1st semester of 2nd year. And the importance of legal research course should not be underestimated. In the context of transnational legal education, the future lawyers will be better off, if they can understand legal theories of another jurisdiction. However time constraint and the burden of teaching local law make it virtually impossible to be covered in law school curriculum. Hence I suggest legal research course of U.S. law as a reasonable alternative to the given circumstance.

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