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“Educational Ambivalence: The Story of the Foreign-Student Doctorate in Law”

New England Law Review Fall 2014 Paper Symposium

November 5, 2014

New England Law | Boston, Cherry Room

New England Law Review paper symposium explored the evolution of Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) and Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) programs. Keynote speaker Professor Gail Hupper, visiting scholar, Harvard Law School, considered some of the inherent tensions in U.S. legal education and discussed the struggle between academics and professional training.

Professor Hupper’s article, “Educational Ambivalence: The Rise of a Foreign-Student Doctorate in Law,” explores the evolution of the J.S.D. and S.J.D. programs, which were originally designed for graduates of U.S. law schools and are now primarily intended for students who obtained their initial legal education abroad.

Professor Hupper was joined by Professor Paulo Barrozo, Boston College Law School; Professor Carole Silver, Northwestern University School of Law; and Gordon Silverstein, assistant dean for graduate programs, Yale Law School.


Professor Gail Hupper   Professor Gail Hupper

Gail Hupper

Gail Hupper is a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, where she is completing a three-part study on the evolution of graduate and international legal education in the United States.  She has over 20 years of hands-on experience in the field, including service as assistant dean for the graduate program and international legal studies at Harvard, and (more recently) as the founding director of LL.M. and international programs at Boston College Law School. While at Boston College, she served on a special Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts task force on admission of foreign-trained lawyers to the Massachusetts bar.  She also has taught introductory courses in U.S. law at both Boston College and Harvard, served as a visiting professor at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, and lectured on U.S. law and legal education at universities in Europe, South America, and Asia.

Ms. Hupper holds a B.A. in political economy from Williams College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.  Before entering academia, she practiced corporate and securities law at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Hale and Dorr (now Wilmer Hale) in Boston, among other activities.

Professor Paulo Barrozo   Professor Paulo Barrozo

Paulo Barrozo

Paulo Barrozo is an assistant professor at Boston College Law School. Professor Barrozo’s work focuses on Criminal Law and Legal Theory. He received an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rio de Janeiro University Research Institute. Prior to his current position at Boston College Law School, Professor Barrozo was a Landon H. Gammon fellow, a Clark Byse Teaching fellow, and a graduate fellow in jurisprudence at Harvard Law School. While a lecturer at Harvard University, Professor Barrozo was a ten-time recipient of the Distinction in Teaching Award and first recipient of the Stanley Hoffman Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Professor Carole Silver   Professor Carole Silver

Carole Silver

Carole Silver is professor of Global Law & Practice at Northwestern University. Her focus areas include investigating the influence of globalization on the work and structure of law firms, legal education, and regulation of the legal profession. She graduated from University of Michigan with a B.A., with high honors, in history. She received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington. Professor Silver previously practiced corporate and securities law at Sidley & Austin. She also clerked for Judge Jesse Eschbach of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. From 2010 to 2013, Professor Silver was a professor at law at Indiana University, Maurer School of Law. Concurrent with her time at Indiana University, she was director of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, which surveys law students in the U.S., Canada, and Australia about their educational experiences, behaviors, and attitudes towards law school.

Professor Gordon Silverstein   Professor Gordon Silverstein

Gordon Silverstein

Gordon Silverstein came to Yale Law School in 2012 to help develop and establish the Ph.D. in Law degree program as well as administer the law school’s LL.M., M.S.L, and J.S.D. degree programs. Silverstein’s research and teaching focus on American and comparative constitutional law, separation of powers, and national security law. He is the author of numerous articles and two books – Law’s Allure: How Law Shapes, Constrains, Saves and Kills Politics (Cambridge University Press), which won the 2009 C. Herman Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association’s Section on Law and Courts for the best book of the year; and Imbalance of Powers: Constitutional Interpretation and the Making of American Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press). He is also the co-editor of Consequential Courts: Judicial Roles in Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press). An undergraduate at Cornell University, Silverstein worked as a journalist for the Wall Street Journal in New York and Hong Kong and for the San Francisco Chronicle before earning his Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University. In addition to his academic appointments, Silverstein also served as the director of the Fellows Program at the nonpartisan New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.

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