Law classes set in Dublin, Geneva

Summer school will be different for a group of students from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Some will study international and European law in Dublin, while others will attend the Geneva Institute on Indigenous Peoples Law in Geneva.
More opportunities abroad will be available at law schools in London, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Tianjin, China.
D. Marianne Blair, TU law professor and study abroad director, said applications from students are being accepted now for summer classes that begin in June.
Detailed information, including deadlines and application materials, can be obtained by visiting the Web site at www.utulsa.edu/law/study-abroad, e-mailing lawstudyabroad@utulsa.edu or calling 918-631-5038.
Tuition is about $3,200 for both programs. Housing costs will be determined according to the rate of exchange at the time.
Study abroad programs, especially in Dublin and Geneva, fill quickly, Blair said. Students go beyond the classroom and observe legal communities in action.
The four-week program in Dublin gives students an opportunity to work with Irish barristers while studying a broad selection of courses in European, international and comparative law, she said. Participants earn up to six credit hours in ABA-approved programs. The Irish and American faculties are internationally recognized scholars and experienced practitioners.
Blair said students can work with and develop a close relationship with Irish government and nonprofit agencies, learning the similarities and differences in comparison with Tulsa and the U.S.
Past experiences included working with the chief solicitor for a children’s rights group that was part of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.
Others worked with authorities on penal reform in Ireland.
Several students, aside private barristers, were allowed to observe court proceedings in civil and criminal cases. Others were able to study the Irish Parliament and attend hearings of the country’s governing body.
Students also had the opportunity to work with a refugee center, helping people apply for asylum in Ireland. One student met with the Department of Agriculture while another was involved with the Health and Safety Agency.
International studies have caught students’ interest and enthusiasm, Blair said. One student wants to complete his law degree at TU then return to Ireland for additional training and become an Irish barrister.
Even if students studying international law want to practice at home, an experience abroad will help them as they start legal careers, she continued. Law practices are becoming more global, and exposure to other legal systems gives them broader perspectives on their practices.
Blair, whose specialty is international family law, said she regularly gets calls from a Poteau attorney asking about related issues.
Other major problems that students as lawyers will be addressing in the international arena include intellectual property, banking and employment law.
TU has had an international studies program since the mid-1990s, Blair said. The university continues to lead and coordinate the sessions in Dublin, which began in 1999, and Geneva, which began in 2002.
Responsibility for other programs initiated by TU, including London, Tianjin and Buenos Aires, have been taken over by Stetson University, a private school in DeLand, Fla., she said. TU continues to partner with it for international programs.



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