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I appreciate the opportunity to briefly introduce a new course Columbia Law School is offering to first year students for the first time this spring semester. The course, which I will be co-teaching with my colleague George Bermann, is called "Lawyering in Multiple Legal Orders." The title reflects the basic "philosophy" of the course, namely that legal practitioners today will invariably work in more than one legal order. This notion is not unfamiliar to lawyers practicing in federal systems, such as the United States. By the end of the first semester students have a basic understanding of the federalist system and can appreciate the need to understand whether state or federal law applies, and if state law, which one. Our new course develops this notion further and seeks to enable students to navigate an even more complex world, where different foreign legal jurisdictions may be relevant for resolving a particular case, or where international treaties and conventions need to be consulted.


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