The North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE) is an explicit recognition by its member law schools that law professors, law students, and lawyers are increasingly confronted with complex legal issues as a result of the interaction between institutions and individuals across North America. Effective legal education, and lawyering, in the 21st century requires an understanding of the similarities shared by the legal systems of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, while at the same time remaining sensitive to their differences.
The George Washington University Law School is proud to be a founding member of NACLE. Thus it is with anticipation and confidence that the Law School welcomes you to this site. You are encouraged to actively participate in the Law School's NACLE activities and, of course, to contribute your ideas and suggestions.
NACLE was formed in 1999 to promote increased understanding within North American countries of neighboring legal systems by providing opportunities for cross-border research, curriculum development, and student exchange. NACLE U.S. member schools also include the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and the University of Houston Law Center.
JD students may apply to participate in the Consortium as a visiting student in their second or third year for one semester at one of NACLE's Canadian or Mexican member institutions: Dalhousie University Faculty of Law in Halifax; McGill University Faculty of Law in Montreal; the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law; Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Escuela de Derecho in Monterrey; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas in Mexico City; and Universidad Panamericana Facultad de Derecho in Mexico City. Credits earned as a visiting student in the NACLE program count toward the total credits required for the JD degree at GW.
For more information on exchange opportunities available through NACLE, please visit the NACLE website or contact the GW program administrator:
Ms. Shehernaz Joshi
Graduate Programs Office
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
Tel: (202) 994-7242
Associate Dean Susan Karamanian
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