We emphasized the importance of understanding, researching and teaching the context in which law is practiced and in which our graduates and their clients operate. The greatest challenge for law schools today is the rapidly changing context that their graduates will face. As we saw in Chapter 17, that context changed radically from the ‘cosmopolitan’ and legally pluralistic world of Pepo’s graduates to the world of the strong sovereign state where the only law that counted was that approved by the sovereign institutions of the state. That remained largely so in the 1980s but is now being radically changed by globalization. As I suggested in the last chapter,
by the time that current students entering law schools today reach the peak of their careers in the mid twenty-first century, the law and the legal
profession may be as different from its Westphalian sovereign paradigm as that paradigm was to the world of Pepo’s students.