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Рецензия на книгу: Carel Stolker, Rethinking the Law School. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014, 454 pp.

The present paper is a review of the book “Rethinking the Law School” written by rector magnificus and president of the Leiden University Professor Carel Stolker. This book has appeared in 2014, it sets out to analyse the state of affairs in legal education and perspectives of its development. Professor Stolker justly remarks that, thus far, there have been no other research works of this scale encompassing the situation in the entire world. Similar research works have mostly been limited by the confines of national legal systems to which the authors of these works belong. Admitting that legal education tends to think locally and not globally, because legal regulation is normally linked to rules of the given legal order, the author suggests that dividing lines between countries and their legal orders are no longer obstacles for systematic research devoted to legal education in the world, insofar as the era of globalization is marked by converging of different legal systems and by unification of the legal regulation. In this connection, law schools in the world, or at least in those countries that are most intensively affected by globalization, face new challenges. These challenges should be dealt with through deep rethinking of strategies in the field of legal education. The title of the book “Rethinking the Law School” reflects this task, and the main objective of its author is to reconsider the way legal education exists in the contemporary world. In the opinion of the author of the present review’, Stolker’s book is an important source for comparative analysis of how legal education is organized in different countries.