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USD School of Law Announces New European Exchange Program
San Diego (June 1, 2012) – The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law has signed an exchange agreement with the European Business School (EBS) law school in Wiesbaden, Germany. This agreement provides students from each school the opportunity to attend law school in a foreign country and then transfer credit back to their home institution.
Starting in June 2012, EBS opened its doors to USD law students who want to learn more about European business law. In the fall of 2013, an English-taught academic program for exchange students will be opened for USD law students.
EBS students attending USD will be required to take two foundation courses: (1) Introduction to U.S. Law and (2) Legal Writing and Research. Students will fill remaining credit requirements by working with an advisor to choose classes from USD’s robust legal curriculum. Students can use elective credits to focus on a specific field of law or to take courses from various areas.
“We are thrilled to add this exchange program to USD’s international law program,” said Professor Michael Ramsey, USD School of Law director of international and comparative law programs. “EBS is an exciting and innovative new law school that focuses on preparing students for international legal practice. It will be an ideal place to learn about global legal issues from a European perspective.”
The agreement with EBS joins a long-standing partnership with the University of Copenhagen to expand USD’s law exchange opportunities. Both programs provide students hands-on experience, learning international law through direct interaction with well-regarded international faculty within the very systems they are studying.
USD School of Law has been a leader in international and comparative law for many years. The law school offers a JD with an international law concentration, an LLM in international law for U.S. students and an LLM in comparative law for graduates of law schools outside the United States. The Institute on International and Comparative Law, which was established in 1973, created the first U.S. summer law program in Europe and currently offers summer study abroad programs in Barcelona, Florence, London and Paris. Since 2004, USD has had an exchange program with the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law, which provides for reciprocal visits of both students and faculty. USD School of Law expects to establish similar exchange programs with other leading law schools in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
About University of San Diego School of Law
The University of San Diego School of Law is a center of academic excellence focused on preparing its students for legal practice in the new century. One of the most selective law schools in the country, the School of Law’s nationally recognized faculty create a demanding, yet welcoming environment that emphasizes individualized education. USD law school graduates go on to practice law throughout the country and abroad, forming an influential network of alumni. The USD School of Law is one of only 81 law schools in the country to have a chapter of The Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.
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