The Academic and Professional Development Committee acts as a link between law schools, professional development professionals, practising lawyers and the IBA.
Our mission is to contribute to the following objectives:
Our members speak regularly at law schools, both to academics and students, with a particular emphasis on the preparation of students for international legal practice. We also support IBA programmes to develop local Bars around the world.
At the IBA annual conferences, we bring together academics, professional development experts and practising lawyers from across the IBA community and more widely to address issues affecting the education and training of lawyers in both legal and business skills. We are also involved in original research into related topics.
The committee publishes a regular newsletter to members and posts articles and information on its website.
This article looks at the recently published report titled ‘Blueprint for Global Legal Education’, which was first presented during a showcase session during the November 2020 IBA Virtually Together Conference.
Released on Jun 01, 2021
A summary of the panel session at the IBA Annual Conference 2019 in Seoul, chaired by Bruno Maggi from the Young Lawyers’ committee, and Sebastian Ramos from the Academic and Professional Development Committee. The session was split into three parts: Challenging the cultural barriers and traditional approaches; What are law firms and law schools doing? and How to balance the specific knowledge with the broad perspective needed to solve the current complex legal cases.
A summary of the Academic and Professional Development Committee’s panel session at the IBA Annual Conference 2019 in Seoul, which was chaired by Chris Howard, Treasurer of the APDC and Director of Professional Legal Education at King’s College London.
A delegation from the APDC and the Young Lawyers’ Committee visited Sungkyunkwan University during the IBA Annual Conference 2019 in Seoul. The Dean, Professor Kim, and members of his faculty explained the Korean legal system and the work of the School of Law and answered the delegation’s questions. The delegation had the opportunity to present to a small group of students on the work of the IBA and on the essential requirements for a successful career in law.
The IBA and Law Schools Global League (LSGL) have launched an ambitious project that aims to identify the key drivers that shape global legal education, the consequent emerging responses and whether these responses can sufficiently address the challenges confronting legal professionals all over the world. Some of the drivers examined include: globalisation, technology, and changes to regulatory frameworks. IE Law School has been designated as the coordinator of the research project.
This committee project will promote web-based networks providing resources relating to:
The Academic and Professional Development Committee also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.