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Pacific McGeorge GLS Program Garners Praise

January 11, 2012

Tags: 2012, Centers of Distinction, Global Center, Faculty & Scholarship

In only its third year of existence, Pacific McGeorge's Global Lawyering Skills program continues to earn high praise from legal academia for its forward-thinking in the teaching of legal research and writing.

The most recent edition of The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute includes an article, "Preparing for Globalized Practice: The Need to Include International and Comparative Law in the Legal Writing Curriculum." It argues that all law students will be better prepared for practice if they can begin to consider international and foreign law in their learning process early in the academic experience. The article holds the GLS program up as a model for other American law schools.

Temple University law professors Susan L. DeJarnatt and Mark C. Rahdert wrote the article, which points to Pacific McGeorge as having the most significant integration of international and comparative law in its legal writing program. "Pacific McGeorge School of Law has the most extensive incorporation program to date. All students at Pacific McGeorge take two years of a legal writing and skills program called Global Lawyering Skills that introduces them to and requires them to use international and foreign sources as well as domestic sources in solving client problems," they write.

Professor Mary-Beth Moylan, the director of GLS program, will be presenting on a similar topic at the 2012 Association of Legal Writing Institute Conference in May. Pacific McGeorge played host to the 2011 Association of Legal Writing Directors Conference last June.

The Global Issues series, edited by Professor Frank Gevurtz and featuring numerous Pacific McGeorge faculty authors, also received plaudits in the Legal Writing Institute journal's article. "Pacific McGeorge Law School has been particularly prominent in the effort to develop effective texts that facilitate incorporating international and comparative material into the standard first-year subject," the article says.