Globalizing the Paralegal Curriculum
Transcript Globalizing the Paralegal Curriculum
Leslie D. McKesson, Ed. S., NCCP
Paralegal Technology Coordinator/Instructor
Western Piedmont Community College
GLOBALIZING THE PARALEGAL
In 2002, 52% of
from Latin America,
25% from Asia, and
14% from Europe.
40 years from now,
account for nearly
50% of the
from 31% in 2000).
THE FACE OF AMERICA IS CHANGING
Changes to banking and
THE ECONOMY IS CHANGING
Diminishing physical and
SOCIETY IS CHANGING
THE WAY WE WORK IS CHANGING
The January/March 2010 issue of Paralegal
Today identifies Globalization as the number
one trend effecting paralegals in the coming
globalization trend will continue as U.S. Law
firms continue to compete for legal work with firms
abroad, as well as in their own back yard. . . .
Paralegals must broaden their knowledge across
multiple jurisdictions and adapt their skills to serve
a global market. ” p. 33
“Globalization (or globalisation) describes an
ongoing process by which regional economies,
societies, and cultures have become integrated
through a globe-spanning network of
communication and trade. “
(a Web 2.0 technology)
Multiculturalism attempts to
understand the different
perspectives among sub-groups
within one overarching legal or
Global education is the application
of multicultural concepts to “the
world community and emphasizing
the planet, its natural resources,
and all interconnections”.
Brown and Kisylka
Goal: To examine relationships
between people of widely varied
nationalities, political structures
and ideological beliefs.
Goal: To develop “a citizenry that
knows and cares about
contemporary affairs in the whole
world, not just in its own nation”.
“. . . the meaning
and scope of
is] uncertain and
WHY IS GLOBAL ED IMPORTANT TO PARALEGALS?
Demand for bi- or multi-lingual paralegals
International, Corporate, and Cyber law
Outsourcing and virtual employment
ADDING “GE” TO YOUR COURSES
Modify existing assignments to include
international characters and contexts
movie or selected YouTube video portraying
or discussing an international custody battle (see
sample http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiF-X7z9t1A )
Discuss in class or have students write a reflection
paper or comment on a discussion thread.
Facilitate discussions around global issues
is a fellow instructor. He is a native of
Romania who recently became a United States
citizen and has consented to discuss his experience
with the naturalization process with your
Administrative Law class and answer live questions
from students. Online alternative, post a blog or
podcast to your course page discussing Peter’s
story. Students are required to post comments,
questions, research findings or observations based
on the blog/podcast.
Make use of current events as backdrop for
question for Family Law. Helen and Jack
Benson live in [your state]. They have taken in a
child who was orphaned by the recent earthquake
in Haiti, and they wish to adopt the child. Research
(may involve agency interviews) the process for
adoption in your state in this situation and write a
two page paper outlining your findings. (Live or
When appropriate, make use of students with
global resources or intercultural experiences
Student Nilsa recently moved to the United States from
Nicaragua. She was a lawyer in her country and is
studying to be a paralegal here. She has consented to
discuss the legal system in her country, including the
role of paralegals, in your Introduction to Law/Paralegal
Nilsa’s interview could be recorded and posted as a
video or audio podcast, followed by discussion or a
have a brief survey study of abortion
rights in Ireland (see sample site
and write a comparative or reflective paper
MAKING “GE” PART OF CLUB ACTIVITIES
Project partnerships with other clubs (Rotaract,
diversity, “green” clubs)
Association and Global Village student
group partner to coordinate a dinner/fundraiser for
Haiti Relief. Students prepare and serve a simple
traditional Haitian meal and present a brief
educational program spotlighting the country and
Invite speakers from other countries to present
at club functions or meetings
your paralegal association coordinate an
expert presentation on multiculturalism or
globalism for other students as a service to your
Plan club service or community project with
volunteer to contribute 3 community
service hours to package food to be sent to children
in third world countries
Connect with a sister city program in another
students conduct research regarding
paralegal utilization and education in another
country (ex., Canada, the UK, etc.) Locate a
paralegal education program in that country and
establish a virtual exchange program with their
(Note: these sites are listed as exemplars only, I have
neither reviewed them at length nor do I endorse them):
Criminal Law course discussion on the global illegal drug
market (Global Health)
Family Law international policies on domestic violence
Education for All (Education/Gender Issues)
Global issues can be daunting and bleak.
Educators should make effort to introduce
global topics in ways that take into account the
affective impact of topics, issues, and
discussions, and engage constructive thinking.
TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Gain a functional understanding of the terms,
methods, and concepts of global education
through research, travel, professional
development, networking, or other relevant
Willingly and honestly assess and confront
personal beliefs as educators and as individuals.
Incorporate both affective and cognitive
approaches to instruction.
Determine and implement appropriate models to
guide program design and evaluation.
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