Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

The 13th Global Legal Skills Conference will be held December 10-12, 2018 hosted by Melbourne Law School in cooperation with The John Marshall Law School of Chicago.

The first round of conference proposals has already closed. Additional proposals are being considered on a space-available basis. The Conference Proposal Form can be found at You can also contact Professor Mark E. Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School at

Please submit a proposal on any aspect of Global Legal Skills, including experiential learning, distance education, comparative law, international law, course design and materials, teaching methods, and opportunities for teaching abroad and in the United States. Please include information about your institutional affiliations, if any. Because the conference focuses on legal skills for a global audience, please tailor your proposal accordingly.

Proposals should be for a 25-minute presentation (for one or two people) or an interactive group panel presentation (no more than four panelists) of 75-minutes (including audience participation).

You may submit more than one proposal but because of high demand for speaking you will only be allowed to speak on one panel. If more than one proposal is selected, the program committee will contact you on how to proceed.

Most panel presentations will be in English but proposals in other languages are also welcome. The conference attracts an international audience and the conference organizers do not believe that global legal skills exist only in English.


The Global Legal Skills Conference focuses on international legal education and essential skills, including legal writing, legal research, legal reasoning, legal English, translations and advocacy skills. Additional topics include creating appropriate materials and assignments, cross-cultural and intercultural issues, classroom teaching, clinical legal education, academic support, international legal exchanges and related fields.

The conference audience will include legal writing professionals, international and comparative law professors, clinical professors and others involved in skills education, law school administrators, law librarians, and ESL/EFL professors. Also attending will be faculty members teaching general law subjects with a transnational or international component. Attendees have also included judges, lawyers, court translators, and others involved in international and transnational law. Attendees come from around the world, and as many as 35 countries have been represented in past conferences.

This is a self-funded academic conference, and as in past years, presenters will be asked to pay the Conference registration fee.

The Conference began in Chicago, but it has traveled to Monterrey, Mexico; San Jose, Costa Rica; Verona, Italy, and Washington, D.C. The 2018 conference will be the first time that the conference is being held in Australia.

We invite participation from academics and practitioners from all disciplines and all continents to explore ways that law schools around the world can adjust their curricula to prepare students to engage in the global legal marketplace.

In holding the GLS-13 Conference at Melbourne Law School, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where the law school is located: the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging.