Creating a global law graduate: The need, benefits and practical approaches to internationalise the curriculum

O'Sullivan, Carmel & McNamara, Judith (2015) Creating a global law graduate: The need, benefits and practical approaches to internationalise the curriculum. Journal of Learning Design, 8(2), pp. 53-65.

View at publisher (open access)


The increasingly integrated world has facilitated important international and trans-border trends, such as a progressively connected global economy, a significant growth in transnational business transactions and an increase in global regulation of global issues. Such globalisation has had a transformational impact on the legal profession in a number of ways. These include the need to provide advice on issues or transactions that have a transnational or international element; the increasing globalisation of large law firms; and the delivery of offshore services by legal service providers. This means that not only do law graduates need to be prepared to practice in an increasingly globalised economy and legal profession, there will also be new career opportunities available to them which require understanding of international law, for example in emerging international institutions and non-government organisations. Accordingly there is a need to ensure that law students develop the knowledge and skills they will require to succeed in a globalised legal profession. That is, there is a need to internationalise the law curriculum. This paper provides an insight into the recent progression of law schools in internationalising the law curriculum and provides practical avenues and strategies for the increased integration of international law, foreign law and a comparative perspective into core subjects which will develop the graduates’ knowledge and skills in international and foreign law, in order to enhance their ability to succeed as legal professionals in a globalised world.

Impact and interest:

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

19 since deposited on 21 Oct 2015
17 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 89336
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: SPECIAL 65 ISSUE: Legal Education
Keywords: Law curriculum, internationalisation, legal education, Australia, curriculum development, globalisation, HERN
ISSN: 1832-8342
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Higher Education Research Network
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Carmel O’Sullivan and Judith McNamara
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2015 23:05
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2015 06:08

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page