How a law school might approach the internationalisation of its curriculum

A law school which has made a commitment to the internationalisation of its curriculum has four complementary options:

This model is the most challenging to achieve as it aims to deliver a high level of international competence, expertise and experience, which may allow law graduates to practise in multiple jurisdictions. However, it is inevitably limited to those students who are able or willing to study in another jurisdiction.

In reality, the implementation process will most likely be an incremental and accumulative one that may start with the inclusion of select content or units, with the gradual infusion of international dimensions across the whole curriculum to the possible implementation of a fully integrated immersion model.

The progressive levels of internationalisation in which students move from a level of international awareness to international expertise can be presented in this typology1

1. Adapted from Edwards et al, ‘Internationalisation of Business Education: Meaning and Implementation’ (2003) 22(2) Higher Education Research and Development 183.