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Office of International Law and Policy
Week of January 24, 2005


Should American Courts Consider Foreign Court Decisions?

A filmed discussion between Justices Scalia and Breyer, entitled “Constitutional Relevance of Foreign Court Decisions” will be shown in the auditorium on Thursday March 3 at 6pm. A discussion led by Professors Bart Brown and Sarah Harding will follow the film, which has a running time of 1 hour 44 minutes. Starting at 5:30 pm, we will have pizza available in the lobby – please rsvp to Sonjia Kelley at if you will be attending this event so we have a headcount for the pizza order.

Interested in Semester Study Abroad at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg Germany?

Chicago-Kent has a student exchange program with Germany’s only private law school, called Bucerius Law School, located in Hamburg Germany. This law school is very interesting as it requires all its German students to study abroad and it receives law students from all over the world each fall. Ms. Birte Gall, who is the Director of the International Exchange Program at Bucerius Law School, will be at Chicago-Kent Monday February 21 at 12 noon in Room 583 to talk with anyone who might be interested in studying at Bucerius. To download a pdf flyer for this event click here.

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 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

ABA International Internship Program

The American Bar Association Section of International Law and Prctice's Law Student and New Lawyer 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 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:

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

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 Attendance is optional, no sign-up necessary.
Thank you. International Center

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

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 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 ( or contact Dean Lydia Lazar as soon as possible at


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