Globalizing the Curriculum Initiative
posted by Miriam Cherry
Here at Pacific McGeorge we have embarked upon a program of integrating international and comparative law issues into all relevant law school courses — what we call the “globalizing the curriculum initiative.” The idea is to ensure that all law school graduates have some exposure to international and comparative law so that they are prepared for practice in an era of increased globalization.
The most visible part of the initiative is the Global Issues book series. These casebook supplements are designed to allow professors to introduce international and comparative law issues into traditionally domestically oriented courses. Currently, Thomson-West has published thirteen books in the series, which cover Civil Procedure, Property, Contracts, Torts, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Corporate Law, Legal Ethics, Employment Discrimination, Labor Law, Family Law, Tax, and my own title (with Sam Estreicher), Employment Law. The books have already had adoptions at approximately fifty schools. An additional fourteen books are under, or expected to be under, contract.
The more normative question that I’d like to ask is whether this is having an impact. At Pacific McGeorge, almost every student now receives significant exposure to international and comparative law through required courses. Less clear is how this is impacting student understanding and attitudes. We are beginning to collect some data here in-house (based on student evaluation comments). I suspect some readers have introduced international and comparative law issues into traditionally domestic classes, and may have some data on the outcome (even if only anecdotal). If so, I would certainly be interested in hearing from you in comments, and I will make sure that the Global Issues series editor, my colleague Frank Gevurtz, will receive your input.