Paris Program Information

Program Dates

June 30 – August 1, 2014

June 30, 2014 Monday Mandatory Orientation
July 1, 2014 Tuesday Classes Begin
July 14, 2014 Monday No Classes
July 29, 2014 Tuesday Classes End
July 30, 2014 Wednesday Study Period
July 31-August 1, 2014 Thursday-Friday Final Exam Period


Please plan to attend the orientation on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 5 p.m. at Reid Hall. Classes begin Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 9 a.m.  In early June, you will be sent course information that will allow you to prepare prior to your arrival in Paris.


The program's classroom, administrative office, and study space are located at Columbia University's Reid Hall, located at 4, rue de Chevreuse, Paris, 75006.

Program Director

The 2014 Paris program will be directed on-site by Stephen C. Ferruolo, Dean and Professor of Law.

Course Descriptions

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Faculty Biographies

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Educational Program Activities

Exclusive educational tours for students include visiting the Palais de Justice, the Conseil d'Etat and the French Senate.  We will also host presentations by local practitioners, professors and legal officers of international organizations.

USD School of Law is extremely pleased to feature two special lectures during the 2014 Paris program. Students will have the unique opportunity to learn from distinguished speakers Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp and Hon. M. Margaret McKeown during these exclusive events.

International Law in Domestic Courts

Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp 

Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Office of Global Criminal Justice

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Stephen J. Rapp of Iowa is Ambassador-at-Large, heading the Office of Global Criminal Justice in the U.S. Department of State. He was  appointed by President Obama, confirmed by the Senate, and assumed his duties on September 8, 2009. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Rapp served as Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone beginning in January 2007, responsible for leading the prosecutions of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and other persons alleged to bear the greatest responsibility for the atrocities committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. During his tenure in Sierra Leone, his office won the first convictions in history for recruitment and use of child soldiers and for sexual slavery and forced marriage as crimes under international humanitarian law.

From 2001 to 2007, Ambassador Rapp served as Senior Trial Attorney and Chief of Prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for  Rwanda, personally heading the trial team that achieved convictions of the principals of RTLM radio and Kangura newspaper—the first in  history for leaders of the mass media for the crime of direct and public incitement to commit genocide.

Ambassador Rapp was United States Attorney in the Northern District of Iowa from 1993 to 2001, where his office won historic convictions under the firearms provision of the Violence Against Women Act and the serious violent offender provision of the 1994 Crime Act. Prior to his tenure as U.S. Attorney, he worked as an attorney in private practice and served as Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency and as an elected member of the Iowa Legislature.

Ambassador Rapp received his BA degree from Harvard College in 1971. He attended Columbia and Drake Law Schools and received his JD degree from Drake in 1974.

The United States and International Criminal Justice

The Honorable M. Margaret McKeown

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

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Judge McKeown was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Clinton and was confirmed by the United States Senate in 1998. She attended the University of Madrid and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wyoming with a B.A. in 1972 and from Georgetown University  Law Center with a J.D. in 1975. She received an honorary doctorate from Georgetown University in 2005. Judge McKeown was a White  House Fellow in 1980-1981, serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior and Special Assistant at the White House. In 1993, she served as a Japan Society Leadership Fellow.

Judge McKeown is President of the Federal Judges Association, on the board of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, and chair of the ABA Latin  America and Caribbean Council. She serves on the Judicial Advisory Board for the American Society of International Law, the managerial  board of the International Association of Women Judges, and the Council of the American Law Institute. She is vice-chair of the  Georgetown Law Board of Visitors and Jurist-in-Residence at the University of San Diego Law School.

Judge McKeown has been an advisor on several international projects of the American Law Institute: Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transnational Disputes (2008);  International Commercial Arbitration (ongoing); and Foreign Relations Law (ongoing). Judge McKeown has lectured and taught extensively on intellectual property, international law, litigation, ethics, judicial administration, and constitutional law in Latin America, Asia, and Europe. She is co-author of “Trial Tactics in Trade Secret Litigation,” Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation (Matthew Bender), “The Promises of a New World Information Order,” The Knowledge Economy (Aspen Institute), and “The Lost Sanctuary: Examining Sex Trafficking Through the Lens of Ah Sou” (Cornell Journal of International Law); “The Counsel Conundrum: Effective Representation in Immigration Proceedings,” Refugee Roulette (NYU Press); “Happy Birthday Statute of Anne: The Dance Between the Courts and Congress” (Berkeley Technology Law Journal); and “To Judge or Not to Judge: Transparency and Recusal in the Federal System,” (The Review of Litigation). She is also an author of Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts (West Group).

Judge McKeown has received a number of prestigious awards, including the ABA Margaret Brent Women of Achievement Award, the Georgetown University John Carroll Award, the Georgetown University Law Center Outstanding Alumnae, the University of Wyoming A&S Outstanding Alumna, the Outstanding Mentor Award from Big Sisters, the Federal Bar Association Community Service Award, and the Girl Scouts’ “Cool Women” Award.

Judge McKeown has been active in community and civic affairs. She has served on the national boards of Volunteers of America and Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and is the past chair of the White House Fellows Foundation.

Language Courses

Students who are interested in language courses are encouraged to review local language school options. Courses in French language instruction offered in Paris include Accord French Language School, Language Studies International, and Langue Onze.


Graduate and International Programs
Warren Hall, Room 207
Phone: (619) 260-4596


M, T, Th, F: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
W: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.