The role of a law school in modem times-and I speak of modernity with the arrogance of the present, that is to say, the early twenty-first century-has evolved over time, and has evolved differently from country to country; differently also, perhaps, even within countries, such as those with federal systems and their consequent jurisdictional divisions. And yet I am drawn irresistibly to ask whether there is not something universal about our task in the academy as legal scholars and legal educators; whether, in other words, we can avoid being totally captive to the imperatives of time, place and cultural relativism.
Michael Coper, Educating Lawyers for What? Reshaping the Idea of Law School, 29 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 25 (2010).