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international law program

In addition to our classroom courses, our international clinical programs give students hands-on experience in international legal practice, whether at home or abroad. These offerings help students "learn by doing" in the area of international law, and may lead to long-term academic and career options in the field. Other study abroad programs provide immersion experiences in other legal systems through traditional classroom training. Current opportunities include the following:

• London Program. Supervised by a full-time member of the Boston College Law School faculty, the London Program exposes students to another legal culture, provides insight into comparative legal institutions, and helps prepare students for international law practice. Students enroll in courses taught in the LL.M. curriculum offered by King’s College of the University of London. The centerpiece of the London experience is a legal internship with a British law firm, governmental office, or non-governmental organization. Recent placements have included Clifford Chance; the Financial Services Authority; the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development; and Amnesty International.

• Semester in Practice: International Human Rights. Beginning in the spring semester of 2011, students will have a unique opportunity to work on-site at an international human rights organization in the U.S. or elsewhere in the world. Students will work with international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), tribunals such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) or the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, or the Jesuit Refugee Service. Typical work will include research and writing about human rights issues, investigation of pending cases, and, where possible, representation of clients before tribunals. The program is an evolutionary outgrowth of our long-standing program at the ICTY in The Hague, Netherlands.

• Boston College Immigration & Asylum Project. This clinic allows second- and third-year law students to immerse themselves in real-world immigration legal work on behalf of indigent asylum seekers, immigrants, and certain non-citizens detained by the INS. International clients include individuals from Central America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. First-year law students may spend spring break volunteering with front-line immigrant legal service organizations such as the Haitian Catholic Center Legal Project, the Lutheran Ministries, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, and the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center. Students, supervised by BC Law School faculty members, advise and counsel clients and conduct legal and factual research for public interest attorneys.

• Foreign study at BC partner universities abroad. Boston College has exchange and partnership arrangements with more than 60 foreign universities, many of which have law programs. These programs offer law students (typically in their third year) classroom instruction in a range of fields, while affording an immersion experience in another legal culture. Recommended programs include the following:

  • Bucerius Law School Program (Hamburg, Germany). Bucerius Law School, the first private law school in Germany, offers a program in International and Comparative Business Law during the fall semester. The program is taught in English to a group of 90 students from all over the world. In addition, students whose knowledge of German is sufficient may take courses in the school's regular curriculum.
  • ESADE (Barcelona, Spain). Founded in 1957 by Jesuit scholars and Catalan entrepreneurs, ESADE's business school is now recognized as one of Europe's strongest. Its law faculty (founded in 1992) offers one of Spain's strongest law teaching programs. The school's exchange program hosts students (primarily from the U.S. and Western Europe) during the fall semester. Students take an Introduction to Spanish Law course taught in Spanish, and otherwise pursue elective courses in Spanish, English, or a combination of the two.
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica Argentine (UCA) (Buenos Aires, Argentina). One of the largest private universities in Argentina, UCA is located in Puerto Madero, a popular area near the old port of Buenos Aires. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in many disciplines, and its law faculty is one of the country's strongest. During the fall semester, BC Law students may take courses of their choice in the regular curriculum, in Spanish, along side their Argentinean counterparts.

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