1. What took you to India this past summer?
I have always wanted to visit India since studying Indian history in college. Through the assistance of TU’s Vice Provost of Global Education, Cheryl Matherly, and the the Law School Dean Janet Levit, I was extended an invitation to teach a course on the “International Sale of Goods” at our law school’s partner university in India, the National Law School of India University- Bangalore this summer.
2. How did teaching in an Indian law classroom compare to teaching in a US law school classroom?
Law is a five-year undergraduate curriculum in India, so my students ranged in age from 17-23. That said, I was impressed by the preparation and maturity of my Indian students. They were comparable to my TU students in that they were almost always well prepared and eager to volunteer their insights in class. The class had fifteen students, so there was ample opportunity for ever student to participate in the class discussion.
3. Have you incorporated anything you learned into your return to the US?
I have always endeavored to incorporate international law issues into my Contracts course and upper level Selling and Leasing of Goods course. If anything, this experience has made me even more mindful of the need to expose our American law students to principles of international sales law.
4. Can you share with us a few memorable moments from your time teaching and/or your time in India?
I will always be grateful for the mentorship of two of my Indian colleagues who were faculty members at NLSIU, T.S. Someshekhar and Sairam Bhat. I will always remember shopping for an Indian silk scarf for my wife with the assistance of Professor Someshekhar.