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Law Students Participate in CUA Law's 2017 International Business
and Trade Summer Law Program in Cracow, Poland

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This summer students traveled to Cracow, Poland, to participate in the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program from June 10 – July 12. The Cracow Summer Program, established in 1992, was designed to foster an academic exchange between The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and the Jagiellonian University of Cracow.

Students received an intensive training in 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. Unlike most summer abroad programs, a number of English-speaking law students from Polish universities also participated which allowed students the chance to develop cross-cultural friendships and networking opportunities. The Polish and American students attended classes together, lived together and participated in all co-curricular activities together.

Students also had the option to extend their stay in Poland to complete a short-term not-for-credit legal internships. The Program has numerous placements in Warsaw and Cracow in European law firms, and the branches of American law firms in Poland, such as White & Case, Price Waterhouse or Kubas Kos, Gaetner. Under the supervision of an attorney, students typically  conduct in-depth research and analysis of legal issues, as well as prepare legal memoranda. In summer of 2018, externships will be offered for academic credit to CUA students and students participating in program from other law schools.

Students found time to enjoy planned field trips that included a walking tour of Crakow, a trip to Wieliczka Salt Mines, and a trip to the Polish Tatra Mountains and famous resort of Zakopane. The program ended with the closing ceremony for the program participants at the historic Jagiellonian University, built in the 14th century, and acclaimed as one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe.  

“While the Program is highly demanding and time consuming, it is more importantly an intellectually rewarding and stimulating venture,” CUA Law Professor Rett Ludwikowski said. “It provided an opportunity for cultural and professional interaction between the students and faculty from Poland and the United States, who left Cracow fully aware of their participation in fruitful dialogue between the finest legal minds of both countries.”


Summer Abroad 2018

For over twenty-five years, The Catholic University of America 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.

In Summer 2018, CUA Law is pleased and proud to offer our International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Cracow, Poland, with optional externships at international law firms, and our International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome, Italy.

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