This symposium critically examines the role that US legal education has played in the development of law schools globally across the 20th century.

It brings together legal scholars who share an interest in the history of legal education, legal transplants, and US legal theory.  Fifteen presentations examine the history of US transplants in each of the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Ghana
  • England
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Nigeria
  • Philippines


The presentations will draw on a variety of historical and sociological methods and incorporate aspects of legal theory. The conference builds capacity in the scholarly fields in legal education and legal history by bringing together researchers working in a related field together in one room for the first time. It will also expose diverse stakeholders in legal education to the international historical, political, and economic factors that inform present-day legal education. It will therefore engender creative and innovative thinking about legal education reform.