At a February American Bar Foundation panel titled “The Future of
Many students are interested in focusing on a particular area of law, such as intellectual property or securities
Lawyering,” the Center’s Carole Silver, Professor of Law, put lawyering
regulation, and their time in Bloomington enhances their knowledge of these areas. The students say that graduate
trends in global terms.
legal education from Indiana Law, when combined with their home country education and training, will offer
“Law schools need to rethink legal education to encourage lawyers to work together as a team, especially in the global marketplace,” she said, noting Carole Silver
them an advantage in their careers. This year, students from China, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and many other countries are studying at Indiana Law.
that Indiana Law’s first-year legal profession class requires students to
Recognizing the vast store of knowledge that these students could share with the Indiana Law community, including
work together throughout the semester. Silver added that international
JD students from the U.S., Professor Carole Silver organized a series of Country Talks: lunchtime presentations from
law students come to U.S. law schools with relationship-building as a key
international students about the legal profession in their home countries. “These presentations are designed to offer
priority. “U.S. law schools need to focus on relationships,” she said.
opportunities for international students to use what they know to educate the rest of the Law School community
“We need to teach lawyers how to do a better job of playing in the sandbox.”
about the legal profession and legal education in their home country. At the same time, the Country Talks further the
In November 2010, Silver spoke to the Zeughauser Group Leadership Round-
integration of the international and domestic student populations,” she said.
table for Chairs and Managing Partners at their meeting in Newport Coast,
Lesley Davis, Assistant Dean for International Programs, helped organize the talks. “We have a tremendous internal
California. Representatives from approximately 15 law firms attended and
resource in our international students, and we look forward to presenting additional Country Talks this fall,”
engaged in a lively discussion. She focused on creative staffing strategies
Davis said. She added that the talks offered an additional incentive for attendance: a buffet lunch with foods from
that law firms might use to help reduce the cost of delivering legal services,
the speaker’s home country.
including outsourcing certain work and developing new kinds of working relationships with lawyers and others not formally a part of the firm. Silver emphasized that these new strategies put a premium on lawyers having the interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with clients, lawyers and others
both within and outside of the firm. In addition, she suggested that those law firms that aspire to be called upon to lead client matters — rather than just be assigned slices of work — will have to demonstrate that they have the expertise to orchestrate the entire network of providers involved. Hesham Genidy, LLM’11, SJD’14 and Noora Al-Shamlan, SJD’12
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Indiana Law is well-known for its top-flight JD students and alumni. What is less well known is the school’s equally
THE SPRING SEMESTER’S COUNTRY TALKS FEATURED: 3
system and her experience as a treaty negotiator.
legal education system, and legal English.
Hesham Genidy, LLM’11, SJD’14, and Noora Al-Shamlan, SJD’12, who addressed “Legal Systems and Constitutional Challenges in Bahrain and Egypt.”
proficient roster of more than 100 international graduate students. These students spend a minimum of two semesters in Bloomington earning a graduate degree that exposes them to a common law regime, the U.S. legal culture and
Wanaporn Techagaisiyavanit, SJD’11, who spoke on Thailand’s legal education and legal
Wan-Tsui Chiang, SJD’11, who provided an insider’s look at the Taiwanese legal profession and legal services market.
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Center on the Global Legal Profession, International Programs sponsor Country Talks
The spring 2011 of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law magazine