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Study Abroad

School of Law

Global Law Seminar

<span class="headline">Welcome to the Global Law Seminar!</span><br /> Past sites have included; Turkey, Tanzania, South Africa, Thailand, Veitnam and India.
The seminar is a service-learning course designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore a developing country's legal system as well as serve its community.
Students in the course work in research teams, select a topic, and complete as much background research as possible. Once they return from traveling, students combined their field experience and research to create presentations and papers of publishable quality.
<span class="headline">Take in Tanzania</span><br /> Pictured is Professor Geraghty on the beach at Bagamoyo. Dean Kaufman and the students have written a very moving poem about Bagamoyo; the place on the coast where slaves were brought from the interior and placed on ships for bondage around the world.
<span class="headline">Venture into Vietnam</span><br /> The two-week immersion in Vietnam the year pictured included a field study to UNICEF's office in Hanoi, and a visit to the House of Hope, a women's shelter for mothers with HIV-AIDS located in Ho Chi Minh City.
<span class="headline">Giving Back</span><br /> While students will be able to gain a wealth of knowledge from the field study, they will be able to return the favor by volunteering with local kids or contributing to a charity.

This seminar focuses on a different country each year and consists of a semester-long class and a required field study and service component over spring break. Past countries of study have included Tanzania, India, Thailand, South Africa, and Turkey. This unique international and comparative learning experience is designed to be student organized and led. Students, in consultation with and under the supervision of faculty, develop curricula, lead class discussions, handle administrative details, organize the field study and service aspects of the course, develop group research proposals, plan and participate in in-country field study and service, and produce scholarly papers, several of which have been published.