5 J. Sustainable Dev. L. & Pol'y 198 (2015)
Achieving Excellence in the Legal Profession in a Globalized World: Imperatives for Developing Economies

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198   AFE BABALOLA UNIVERSITY: JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT LAW AND POLICY VOL.5 1SS.1 (2015)


        ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE IN THE LEGAL
        PROFESSION IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD:
     IMPERATIVES FOR DEVELOPING ECONOMIES


                        Felicia Eimunjeze*

ABSTRACT


T   hat the world has become  a global village is a clich6. Today, as far
    as communication  and dissemination of information is concerned, dis-
tance is no longer a barrier. It is therefore imperative that the training of
lawyers in developing economies prepare them to be relevant and function
efficiently and effectively in a borderless world. The increasing impacts of
information technology and the internet have demystified knowledge and
skills in all professions leaving the lawyer of today a person of business and
ethics. The key argument in this paper is that the appropriate response to
this is not in how much more of Law and Practice are crammed into Schools'
curricula; rather it is in training law students to become practitioners whose
services will be valued in the internationalized market of today. The key to
excellence in a globalized world is for lawyers to be prepared with the rel-
evant skills, knowledge, and technological sophistication needed for them
to meet complex expectations of clients in terms of high ethical standards,
personal conduct and efficiency, knowledge and skill in that order.

Keywords: Legal education, excellence, globalization, technology

                      1. INTRODUCTION


T   he demand  for trade and services in our present world has become bor-
    derless as nations and economies are increasingly becoming more and
more  interdependent and multinational. Technology and the internet have
made  it possible for the 'virtual' in the world of cyberspace and telecommu-
nication to become tactile and real. They have thereby introduced new ways
to our old village. Everyone including the legal practitioner and the legal
profession that does not embrace them does so at their own peril. The very
fluid flow of businesses and services in the highway of the virtual world of in-
formation technology has collapsed national boundaries, distance and time.

*  Deputy Director (Academics) The Nigerian Law School. Email: feimunjeze@gmail.com.

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