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Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal




There has been increased interest in intercultural competency training at American law schools. Implementing that training can be complicated by disagreements about the meaning of culture and the purpose of promoting intercultural competency. In professional schools, awareness of different cultures can be a way of fulfilling moral obligations as a global citizen or honing skills in a global economy. Even when a law school determines what it means by culture and why it wants to promote the training, there are different methods of inculcating intercultural competency. Clinical instructors already incorporate these concerns into their teaching and can provide useful insights to other members of the faculty. Some law schools offer immersion experiences that allow students to study abroad during their J.D. programs. Finally, law schools can incorporate intercultural competency into concentrations or specializations that, among other things, prepare students to deal with individuals from other nations and cultures. Post-graduate training also may be an option for those who want to hone their skills once they enter practice. Experimenting with these different approaches in turn can help to deepen an understanding of the meaning and purpose of intercultural competency.

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