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CUA Law's 2013 Summer Abroad Programs
Offer New Student Options and Opportunities

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Students who want to study international trade or human rights law in two of Europe’s most beautiful cities will have some exciting and enticing options during the summer of 2013.
The Columbus School of Law is currently accepting applications for its well-known Summer Abroad Program, which offers students the opportunity to study in either the International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome, or the International Business and Trade Program in Cracow, Poland.
Scheduling adjustments for 2013 have made it easier for students to enroll in both programs if they desire to learn about both fields of law in two vibrant cities. 
The International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome (May 18–June 8) was offered for the first time in 2011. Course offerings center on the theme of human rights and human dignity that is at the heart of the mission of Catholic University’s law school. Rome, with its historical, religious, and cultural significance is a perfect place for the intense study of human rights.
“We will be offering five courses in the program, including three new ones, and will for the first time be holding our classes on the campus of the Pontifical Lateran University at Rome’s historical heart,” noted program director Lucia Silecchia, a Catholic University law school professor.
“The 2013 offering of the Rome program should be an exciting opportunity for those who participate in it. In this short but intensive program, students will have the opportunity to explore critical issues of human rights law and policy and come back with a true appreciation for the ways in which law can shape the lives of those around the world,” she said.
The International Business and Trade Program in Cracow (June 15–July 17) has been shortened from six weeks to four.  This will help accommodate students who may wish to begin their summer abroad in Rome before continuing on to Cracow. It will also facilitate greater student participation in externships in Poland.
Now in its 20th year, the Cracow program is a joint venture with the Jagiellonian University and offers students an opportunity to learn about international law from American and Polish faculty and distinguished guests.
The unique collaboration between U.S. and Polish faculty and students translates into superb externship opportunities with at least 20 of the largest U.S.–Polish and European law firms.

“It makes this program especially attractive,” said Professor Rett Ludwikowski, the program’s director. “These externships give our students an opportunity to see how lawyers work in countries with different legal traditions. Even short-term externships abroad increase their chances to gain a mature understanding of how business is done in other countries and to obtain postgraduate employment.”
Complete information about both programs is available on the Study Abroad website. Law students from Catholic University as well as other law schools may apply for the Columbus School of Law’s 2013 Summer Abroad Program. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 25th.