Thank you for your interest in Catholic University’s summer abroad law programs!
For over twenty years, Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law has offered law students from Catholic University and around the world the opportunity to enrich their academic study and preparation for professional life by offering summer legal study abroad. We are pleased and proud to offer the following information about, and brief descriptions of, our summer programs in Rome, Italy and Cracow, Poland.
As you can see, the two distinct programs can be taken individually to accommodate your schedule and your specific substantive interests in international law. We have also sequenced the sessions to allow you to participate in both programs, should you wish. The short gap scheduled between the two programs provides the opportunity to travel in Europe or to arrive in Poland early to take advantage of non-credit legal internship opportunities.
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International Human Rights Summer Law Program
May 17 - June 7, 2014
This program enjoyed its inaugural year in 2011, and will be offered again from May 17th through June 7th, 2014.
Students earn four credits over a concentrated three week program of study. Students will study and live in Rome. The “Eternal City” is home to the Holy See, a major international advocate for human rights and provider of humanitarian relief throughout the world. Rome is also the headquarters of the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization as well as other legal and humanitarian institutions of interest to those studying human rights. In addition, Rome’s historical, cultural, religious, and legal significance make it a perfect setting for a concentrated study of human rights law.
During the three week session, students will be able to select two 2-credit courses from a group of courses which focuses on different aspects of human rights law. The course selections include existing offerings in Catholic University’s curriculum, as well as courses designed specifically for this program. Formal study will be supplemented with planned visits to local legal institutions and organizations, as well as the opportunity to explore the city of Rome and enjoy some of Italy’s religious, cultural, and historic treasures. New for 2014 will be an informal discussion group to explore current human rights issues from the perspective of Catholic social thought. After the program is completed on June 7th, students will still have over two months free for summer employment before clasess commence for the fall semester. Alternatively, students may continue their legal studies by applying to participate in our International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Cracow.
International Business and Trade Summer Law Program
June 14 - July 16, 2014
3 – 6 credits
For over twenty years, Catholic University’s joint venture with the Jagiellonian University in Cracow has provided students with intensive training in the global aspects of modern trade, comparative perspectives on regulated industries and antitrust laws in the U.S. and the EU, international business transactions, and other substantive areas of law. As the nations of our world become more connected and interdependent, and today’s lawyers are increasingly called upon to demonstrate competency in the laws of more than one country, our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills for global practice.
Poland is an ideal site for our program in international business and trade, as the nation has undergone numerous transitions to one of the most dynamic economies in the European Union, attracting investment from Germany, China, the United States and many other countries. Foreign investment has driven down labor costs, raised productivity, and contributed to the transformation of Poland into a successful market economy.
While students earn three to six credits, they will study and live with English-speaking Polish students, making the program a true cultural exchange. The rigorous curriculum will be enhanced with activities that include a tour of Cracow and several cultural and historical excursions. For those interested in acquiring practical experience in either an American or Polish law firm or legal institution, non-credit internship placements may be arranged through the director of the program either before the program commences or after it has concluded.