If you’re interested in learning or practicing law outside the United States, the School of Law offers two distinctive and exceptional study-abroad programs, several valuable summer internships, and a wide range of externship placements.
Each of our summer study abroad programs is founded on a strong international partnership. Our program in Madrid, Spain, offered for the first time in July 2013, is a joint venture with Universidad de Carlos III Madrid (UCIIIM), and our established program in Johannesburg, South Africa is offered with the University of the Witwatersrand’s Oliver Schreiner School of Law.
In its first year, the Madrid program drew 40 students, including five from other American schools and additional English-speaking students from Spain and the European Union. Courses in Comparative Family Law, Transnational Business Transactions, or Disaster Law mixed a demanding class schedule with site visits to local legal institutions and presentations from expert guest speakers. Daily and weekend explorations took students to bull fighting, flamenco, art museums, and shopping. Some even headed to neighboring countries such as Italy and Morocco. We await with confidence the results of the ABA’s review of the program this fall.
The South Africa program, offered biennially and due again in 2014, draws American and African students together in classes taught jointly by American and African faculty. U.S.-based students find the highlight of the program to be meeting, interacting with, and learning from their African counterparts. Past course offerings have included International Trade, Dispute Resolution, and Human Rights. The program begins with a week-long immersion in the law, policy, and history of modern South Africa.
Students have the opportunity to apply for funded summer internships at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Costa Rica), the Universidad CentroAmericana (Nicaragua), the Documentation Center of Cambodia, the Kenya Human Rights Commission, and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). Earl Sullivan ’15 became the first paid intern at the ICJ, where he worked for eight weeks. If interested in following his path, please read his comprehensive internship report.
Students have also engaged in internships and externships in countries such as South Africa, Uganda, and Ethiopia.
We also provide students with numerous opportunities to earn credit through externship placements with a range of international organizations such as The Hague, International Criminal Court, and World Intellectual Property Organization.