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Week of January 24, 2005

THINKING ABOUT THIS SUMMER?

How About a Semester Abroad in Denmark next year?

Chicago-Kent has an exchange agreement with the University of Copenhagen that permits our students to study at that school for a semester and earn credits that can be applied to your JD degree. The deadline for applying for their fall semester is April 1 2005, and the deadline for applying to go for Spring semester is October 1, 2005. The semester dates are Sept 1, 2005 – exams in December 2005, and February 1, 2006 – exams in May 2006. Currently, we have 2 Danish exchange students here at Chicago-Kent, and one 3L who was there this past fall, so if you are interested, contact Dean Lazar for more information!

DePaul University College of Law Summer Program

The Human Rights Law in the Americas Summer Program provides students with the opportunity to study international human rights law in San José, Costa Rica. The Summer Program links basic principles of international law with an overview of the Inter-American Human Rights System and a special focus on how human rights ideas, advocacy, and activist strategies have transformed Latin American society and politics.
The Summer Program runs from June 20 - July 19, 2005 and costs $3,700 which covers tuition and fees for 6 credits of coursework room, board, local transportation, and additional expenses. Students live with Costa Rican families and experience local culture firsthand and may remain in the country after the program ends to study Spanish or intern with a local human rights organization.
For more information, contact:

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 skelley@kentlaw.edu 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 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 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.

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

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 as soon as possible at llazar@kentlaw.edu

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