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Educating Global Lawyers


This Article considers the recent growth of global law firms. Global firms now employ thousands of lawyers, have multiple offices around the world, and generate billion-dollar profits. As a result, legal academics need to consider how to provide opportunities for students to reflect upon the realities of global legal practice. Using a discussion of the Central Asian Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline case, the Article demonstrates the powerful role that global lawyers play in structuring complex legal transactions for multinational clients. It argues that, as the boundaries between clients' economic goals and their social and environmental responsibilities move closer, law students need to be prepared for the responsibilities and tensions this creates.