Socrates versus Confucius: How South Korea Negotiated and Incorporated 'American Style' Law Schools and Lawyering Methods into Its Ecosystem

Seminar/Forum

Socrates versus Confucius: How South Korea Negotiated and Incorporated 'American Style' Law Schools and Lawyering Methods into Its Ecosystem

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Socrates versus Confucius – what’s the right model for South Korea's law schools and legal profession in the twenty-first century? Within the region, what influence did Australia and Japan have in shaping South Korea’s new legal ecosystem?

The speaker will argue that certain unique challenges exist in terms of incorporating a Socratic-based teaching model--upon which South Korea’s new graduate law school system is based--into the country’s traditionally “Confucian” law school education ecosystem. Such unique challenges exist in the form of a heavy reliance upon rote memorization and the preservation of a historical hierarchical order--leading to potentially more clash than co-existence in terms of pedagogical approach--between the “Socratic” versus “Confucian” teaching methods. This presentation also raises the question of whether "globalization" should be interpreted as "Americanization" relating to the modernization efforts of law schools and legal professionals in the region and beyond.

Presenter

  • Professor Jasper Kim