In today’s job market, international experience is no longer optional. The USF School of Law’s innovative mix of international programs — from externships to semester exchanges — will prepare you to be an effective, ethical lawyer with a global perspective.
Recognizing that globalization can enhance the promotion of justice and the protection of human rights, our international programs focus on contemporary issues in law while providing students with professional experience to help them launch a rewarding legal career.
Our menu of international programs provides exceptional opportunities to study and extern abroad. We have semester-exchange programs in China (Beijing and Hong Kong), the Czech Republic, and Luxemburg, and externship placements in Europe (Alicante, Berlin, Brussels, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome), Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi), and Mexico (Mexico City). USF’s innovative Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic affords many students the opportunity to personally present their research and policy proposals to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva or the Commission on the Status of Women in New York.
Doing Business and Pursuing Justice, Globally
Our international externship program provides opportunities to build your legal skills abroad. You’ll apply the skills you’ve learned in school at NGOs, international law firms, corporations, foreign judicial offices, and more. As a student at USF, you could travel to China to work at a commercial law firm, to Berlin to extern with an intellectual property firm or business, to Mexico to provide support to NGOs, and more.
Connie de la Vega, Academic Director of International Programs, International Programs Committee Chair, and Director of the Czech Republic Summer Externship Program Bill Hing, Director, Mexico Summer Externship Program Suzanne Mawhinney, Director, China and Vietnam Summer Externship Programs Jack Garvey, Director, Czech Republic Summer Externship Program Peter Harvey, Director, Europe IP Summer Externship Program
USF has established semester-long exchange programs for students who wish to immerse themselves into the study of another country’s laws and legal system. Opportunities are available for USF students to study in Beijing, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, and Prague.
My international experience was special because it allowed me to work on issues that U.S. companies face when conducting business abroad. This experience will help me in my career as a business law practitioner because I am now aware of the differences in business and legal cultures.