Our twenty-second joint venture with the Jagiellonian University in Cracow will take place this summer beginning June 15th. Students will receive intensive training in the global aspects of modern trade, comparative perspectives of regulated industries and antitrust laws in the U.S. and the European Union, international business transactions, and other substantive areas of law. Classes are conducted in English at the 14th century Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. Unlike most summer abroad programs, a number of English-speaking law students from Polish universities also participate. The Polish and American students attend classes together, live together and participate in all cocurricular activities together. This cross-cultural aspect of the Cracow program is unique and has resulted in many lasting friendships and business contacts.
In the summer of 2012, there were 40 participants in the program: 16 students from Catholic University, and 2 from other ABA-accredited U.S. law schools, 4 LL.M. students and 18 students from Polish law schools.
Cracow is an ancient royal city famous for its architectural beauty and cultural heritage, and was almost entirely spared the destruction wrought upon many urban cities of Europe during World War II. The city center is the “Rynek Glowny” or Market Square, which at ten acres is by far the largest city plaza in Europe. Avenues teeming with cafes, clubs, restaurants, antique shops and endless curiosities to be discovered and explored surround the square. As a city on UNESCO’s World Natural and Cultural Heritage list, Cracow is a vibrant masterpiece of Europe whose heritage ranks it among the other great artistic and cultural complexes of highest value in Europe.
The Jagiellonian University was founded in the 14th century and is one of Europe’s most prestigious universities. It counts among its distinguished alumni the renaissance scientist Nicholas Copernicus. The university’s law faculty is regarded as one of the finest in Central Europe. It also hosts numerous international conferences every year and was recently honored with a visit from another Jagiellonian alumnus, His Holiness, Pope John Paul II.
With more than 22,000 students attending the Jagiellonian University, Cracow is in many ways, the quintessential college town. During the summer, many students can be found at the university taking classes and working around the city. June and July are the busiest months in Cracow for cultural and music festivals, including historic and traditional religious celebrations, month-long jazz and opera festivals and numerous other theatrical and musical events happening almost daily in the market square.
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Admission is open to any law student in good academic standing at his or her law school who will have completed first year of full-time or part-time study. Applications will be available in October, and will continue to accept applications until the program reaches capacity. If an application is received after the program is full, the applicant will be notified immediately and his or her payment returned.
This program has been authorized by the Accreditation Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education. However, each applicant's school still has the discretion whether to accept the transfer of summer credits.
Applicants who are interested in using the summer credit to accelerate graduation should check with their Registrar's Office to determine whether this summer program meets residency requirements. It is unlikely that the credits in a foreign summer program can be used to accelerate graduation.
I had never been to Poland before and wasn’t sure what to expect. Not
only did I learn a lot about comparative international law, I also discovered the beauty of the Polish culture and people. Thanks to the many memories and friendships made, I will always look back fondly upon my time in Poland. And I count the days until I can return again!
- Andrea Bautista, J.D. 2010, alumna