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July 26, 2011

More than 70 USF law students spanned the globe this summer to participate in externships, study abroad programs, and an immersion course.

USF law students learn about the Khmer Rouge trials in Cambodia.

Students traveled to Cordoba and Buenos Aires, Argentina; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Beijing and Shanghai, China; Prague, Czech Republic; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Bangalore, India; Dublin, Ireland; Manila, Philippines; and Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

"This summer was a once in a life time opportunity," Kirill Devyatov 2L said. "It allowed me not only to learn a great deal of interesting legal subject matter, but also to bond closer with classmates and see legal education from an entirely different perspective."

Externships, which took place in Argentina, Cambodia, China, India, the Philippines, and Vietnam, brought students to non-governmental organizations, international business law firms, and government agencies. Six students participated in the Philippines externship program, which was offered for the first time this year. In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, several students focused on humanitarian law while assisting organizations involved in the Khmer Rouge International Tribunal. Students in Beijing and Shanghai worked for international business law firms, most of which specialize in IP law.

"The China externships provide USF law students with the invaluable opportunity to observe and support the efforts of lawyers to enforce their government’s intellectual property laws," said Professor and Director of International Programming Dolores Donovan, who supervised the China externship program. "Only by working for international law firms can U.S. law students appreciate and learn to use to maximum effect the skills of the foreign lawyers who will be their colleagues in their future careers as intellectual property law specialists and practitioners of transnational law."

Professor John Adler delivers a lecture in Vietnam on labor dispute resolution techniques.

In the law school’s Dublin and Prague study abroad programs, approximately 25 USF students and 10 students from other universities studied European Union law as well as international children’s rights, intellectual property, comparative law, and employment discrimination. Additionally, six students began studies in San Francisco that concluded in Port-au-Prince for the Haiti and the Rule of Law course, which examines Haitian constitutional and statutory law and includes a case study of human trafficking.

"Watching Ireland’s Parliament in action, witnessing a live murder trial in Dublin, and visiting the High Court of the Czech Republic was an amazing experience that really brought international law to life," said Lear-la Narvaez 2L, who participated in the Dublin and Prague study abroad programs.

Dean Jeffrey Brand and Professor John Adler also traveled to Vietnam this summer where they provided alternative dispute resolution training to provincial labor officials.