Sunday, February 19, 2006

NYU Global Law School Goes Truly Global

NYU Global Law School has made a path-breaking step: it is to establish a joint LL.M Program in Asia with the University of Singapur. This is the first real move towards the globalization of education which will show the road of development of legal education in the future.

What is all about (for more details consult:, which is also the source of what follows)?

"In a move that will transform the very concept of global legal education, New York University School of Law (NYU) and the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law (NUS) have created a dual degree program in Asia's commercial and legal hub, Singapore.
Entitled NYU@NUS, this program will allow students from around the world to experience two educational universes, earning Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from both a leading U.S. institution and a leading Asian law school. A distinct feature of the NYU degree is that, whilst taking place in Singapore, the degree will be taught predominantly by NYU Faculty in residence at NUS. It is also envisaged that in keeping with the global orientation of the NYU@NUS program, there will be collaborative teaching between NYU and NUS Faculty. In addition to the academic program — in all respects as rigorous as its counterpart in New York — students will be able to opt for internships with Singaporean and other Asia-based law firms, as well as governmental and non-governmental agencies. After graduating, they may also choose to spend a further two months in New York taking a special course in American Lawyering."

The ratio of this joint enteprise is clear: it is advantageous for all those taking part: NYU is spreading its influence, Singapur is getting a superb squad of professors and students that might stay there and boost its economic and scientific development, students are experiencing the two economic metropolis in the world, they are acquiring knowledge of two crucial legal systems and above all they are creating a truely global network of people that might run the world in the decades to come.

What is the lesson that Slovenia should learn from this? This first of all shows how much we are lagging behind with the persistent monopoly on legal education and how the world currents of education are passing by us. If I was in the shoes of the Slovenian government today, I would immediately try to establish a contact with NYU in order to attract them and convince them to establish a similar educational center in Slovenia. It could serve as the European center as the one in Singapur serves as the Asian center.


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