The Washington and Lee University School of Law faculty voted unanimously yesterday to add transnational law to the first year curriculum. This decision reinforces the school's continued development of its transnational law program, and should pair in exciting ways with its (also unanimous) vote earlier this spring to move towards a third year focused on practicum courses. By giving all students a grounding in transnational law in the first year, the school will enhance the value of its innovative transnational law electives in the years that follow.
Roger Alford, whose Opinio Juris posts had criticized the reforms, generously commented this morning:
Sounds like a great curriculum move. Combine that with W&L's stellar international law faculty (beginning next year the IL faculty will include Johanna Bond, Mark Drumbl, Susan Franck, Fred Kirgis, Russell Miller, Hari Osofsky, etc.) and I think that any concerns about the marginalization of international law at Washington & Lee are misplaced.
We are excited to be part of this pedagogical experiment.