USD School of Law Announces 2014 Summer Study Abroad Programs

University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo today announced the school’s 2014 Summer Study Abroad Programs in Barcelona, Florence, London and Paris.

“Globalization of the legal profession has led us to reinvigorate and refocus our summer study abroad programs to provide valuable training for attorneys who will function in the international marketplace,” said Dean Ferruolo. “USD School of Law is strongly committed to providing programs that enhance the educational opportunities for our students, as well as those from other leading U.S. and international law schools.”

Fully integrated with the school’s regular international and comparative law course offerings, USD’s law summer study abroad programs provide a strong curricular focus. Each program offers a tailored selection of courses tied to an overall academic theme reflecting the academic, legal, economic, and cultural dynamics of that city and region.

USD’s 2014 Summer Study Abroad Programs
Barcelona, Spain
Established in 1996, the Barcelona program focuses on European Union law and comparative law. Next summer students will engage leading experts such as Dale Carpenter from the University of Minnesota School of Law on comparative constitutional law.

Florence, Italy
Established in 1996, the Florence program focuses on art, technology and intellectual property law. Next summer students will engage leading experts such as Jane Ginsburg from Columbia Law School on international copyright law.

London, England
Established in 1979, the London program focuses on international business. Next summer students will engage leading experts such as Fred McChesney from University of Miami School of Law on international business transactions.

Paris, France
Established in 1973, the Paris program focuses on public international law and human rights. Next summer students will engage leading experts such as Paul Stephan from the University of Virginia School of Law on public international law.

More information about USD School of Law’s Summer Study Abroad Program is available online.

USD’s Semester Exchange Programs
In addition to and not duplicative of the summer study abroad programs, USD School of Law also offers eight exchange programs that allow students to spend an entire semester at an international law school. These programs provide USD law students a more continuous and extensive academic and cultural experience in a high-quality, academic environment that allows students to interact with top international faculty and exceptional students.

USD law students are able to explore a summer study abroad program, a semester exchange program, or both. More information about USD’s Semester Exchange Programs are available online.

Price Family Grant for International Fellows
Thanks to a multi-year gift from the Tom and Gwen Price Family Foundation, USD’s Price Family International Fellows Program provides financial support to USD law students participating in the school’s international exchange and study abroad programs.

In the summer of 2013, the Price Family Grant provided assistance to USD law students for the following international internship opportunities:

Law and Development Associates, Accra, Ghana
Law and Development Associates is a multi-disciplinary consulting company that specializes in improving the fundamental human rights of Ghanaians through legal reform. Student interns drafted solutions for the Office of the President, Ministry of Justice, and the Attorney General’s Department; researched the forestry and wildlife policies and laws of Ghana to ensure compliance with environmental commitments; and worked with the Ministry of Health to analyze health insurance and health related education in Ghana.

Office of the United States Trade Representative, Beijing, China
The Office of the United States Trade Representative is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiation with other countries. Working under the Minister Counselor for Trade Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, student interns researched, analyzed, and wrote briefing materials and reports, planned logistics for senior official visits, and drafted official correspondence.

Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, Seoul, Korea
The Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) is an internationally recognized non-profit arbitration institution that works to assist international parties in resolving disputes encountered in the course of their commercial activities. Interns worked in the International Arbitration department and the Promotion and Planning department at KCAB where they conducted research on arbitration related issues, organized and planned seminars and conferences, and assisted with the planning of the Foreign Direct Investment Moot Asia-Pacific Regional Rounds.

Reprieve UK, London, England, United Kingdom
Working with prisoners’ families, NGOs, government officials, individual lawyers and human rights defenders, Reprieve UK assists prisoners facing the death penalty and prisoners held beyond the rule of law or rendered to secret prisons. Interns conducted factual and legal research, drafted correspondence and legal documents, and worked with lawyers and investigators to find, develop and drive forward cases involving secret prisons, extraordinary rendition, and extrajudicial killings and assassinations.

About the University of San Diego School of Law
Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law, and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). 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.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.