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Week of January 24, 2005

Welcome to Spring Semester! There are a number of exciting events planned for this term. Here is a preview:

WTI's Summer WTO Law Program in Berne, Switzerland

The World Trade Institute is (WTI) pleased to announce that this July and August it will be hosting its annual Summer Program on WTO Law and International Trade, in Berne, Switzerland. The WTI's 2005 Summer Program provides an excellent opportunity for individuals to gain in-depth and up-to-date instruction from some of the world's leading academics and practitioners in the field of International Trade Law and Economics.
Interested? Visit WTI's website at www.wti.org where you can find more information this year's program
If you have any questions, or are in need of further assistance, please email WIT at summer@wti.org.

ABA International Internship Program

The American Bar Association Section of International Law and Prctice's Law Student and New Layer Outreach Commitee is launching an international internship program. The program offers students the opportunity to intern in a European Law firm. Click here to download the flyer for more information on how to qualify.

Beijing, China Summer Internships for Chicago-Kent Students

Last year Dean Krent was able to garner interest from a number of Beijing law firms regarding non-credit, volunteer summer internship opportunities for Chicago-Kent students. As a result, current 3Ls Katy Homburger and Christine LaScala, and 2L Robert Milla were able to spend an exciting summer working in Beijing's legal community.
One six-week internship has already been confirmed for the upcoming summer of 2005, with several more likely to be available soon. The confirmed internship is with Zhonglun Wende Law Firm, a Beijing law firm that specializes in corporate law and foreign direct investment. Staffed with experienced attorneys, the firm has provided legal services to both domestic clients and multinational corporations.
While travel expenses will be the responsiblity of the intern(s), housing would be provided; there is also the possibility of a stipend for meals. Foreign language skills are not essential.
1L or 2L students who have an interest in international law and would like to explore this fabulous opportunity for exposure to the global legal arena, should e-mail a resume to Jeanne Kraft at jkraft@kentlaw.edu by February 15, 2005.

Attention: German-speaking 3Ls

There is a scholarship opportunity in Germany through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for an eight month study/practical training visit. The program consists of a two-month course in German legal terminology and introduction to German Law, followed by six months of law courses concluding with a legal internship. The scholarship includes tuition, a monthly stipend, a travel subsidy and health insurance. You must have earned your JD and must have passed the bar exam. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2005 and you can get more information from the website: www.daad.org

Attention all F1 students who are completing their program at the end of the Spring semester!

The International Center is holding workshops for students who are interested in applying for Optional Practical Training employment benefit after completion of study. Processing of OPT may take 3-4 months by the Immigration Service, so we encourage you to apply early.
At this workshop, you will learn about the procedures, ask your questions, and may submit your application if you bring all the necessary documents! You can download the necessary OPT application forms at http://www.iit.edu/~internat/forms/opt.pdf

WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD AT THE FOLLOWING TIMES:
Downtown Campus:
Monday, January 24th, 1:30 PM, DTC, Rm. 475
Wednesday, March 30th, 1:30 PM, DTC, Rm. 490

Please check our website for ALL of our workshops and events at www.ic.iit.edu Attendance is optional, no sign-up necessary.
Thank you. International Center

The New Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program of The American Society of International Law

January 31, 2005 is the application deadline for the new Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program of The American Society of International Law. A special one-time honor, the Fellowship will award "micro-grants" in 2005 for law students and young lawyers who need modest sums (up to $1000) to allow them to pursue human rights work and research. Awards can be used for travel and other expenses, and will be made by March 1, 2005.
Please visit the ASIL Web site, www.asil.org, for further details of the Fellowship and to apply today!

Legal internship opportunities at the Overseas Private Investment Corp (OPIC)

OPIC, an independent agency of the US government, serves as the key federal agency for encouraging mutually beneficial American business investment in the world's developing nations. OPIC's goals are to improve American global competitiveness internationally while creating American jobs. Beginning in the summer of 2005, OPIC invites academically outstanding students with a demonstrated interest in finance and international law and development to spend a summer or academic semester in Washington D.C. as law clerks for OPIC's Department of Legal Affairs. An internship with OPIC's Department of Legal Affairs will give students a comprehensive overview of the operations and effectiveness of OPIC programs in support of international transactions, project financing and political risk evaluation from a legal perspective. Law student interns help OPIC's attorneys advise OPIC in its operations and can be assigned to a number of legal research and writing projects. The application deadline for the summer 2005 internship is February 28, 2005. For further information and application deadlines for subsequent semesters please visit OPIC's website at www.opic.gov.

Summer Study in Augsburg, Germany

Chicago-Kent has partnered with the University of Augsburg (Germany) and four other law schools to offer a summer program in Augsburg Germany. For summer 2005, the program will run from June 13th through July 24th, and Chicago-Kent students can earn ABA credits for such courses as Intro to European Law, Intro to the European Legal System, German and American Competition Law, Transnational Litigation, International Economic Law. Go to www.thomas-moellers.de for more information about the Summer Program (the last link on the left side of the page).

Note that while the website says there are no tuition fees, Chicago-Kent students will be required to pay 50% of the per credit hour charges associated with any credits they wish to use toward their degrees. Thus, if you decide to take 2 courses at Augsburg for 4 credits, you will have to pay Chicago-Kent for 2 credits but will have 4 credits toward your J.D. degree. In addition, students are responsible for all expenses associated with the program living, travel, housing, books, etc. We can fill up to eight spots in this program if there are more than 8 students interested in going, we will hold an essay contest to determine who will be selected to participate.

Interested? Please visit the website (www.thomas-moellers.de) or contact Dean Lydia Lazar at llazar@kentlaw.edu

Interested in Doing Business in China?

On Thursday February 10 at 12 in room 305 come hear Attorney May Hao, from, the MayGlobe Law Firm speak about her experiences working in the US and China. Brown bag your lunch we will provide drinks. RSVP to Sharon Jacker at sjacker@kentlaw.edu so we can estimate the beverage requirements!

International and Comparative Law Certificate Program

On Thursday February 17 at 4pm (room 590) there will be an informational event for various Certificate programs. Watch this space for more information.

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