The Law Center is widely recognized as one of the foremost institutions of international and comparative law in the world. The respected faculty's international scholarship is supplemented by extensive experience working with governmental, private and international organizations, and an extraordinary adjunct faculty who enrich the curriculum with specialized courses.
In the increasingly globalized economy of the 21st century, lawyers need to understand law transnationally, across different legal systems and cultures. Lawyers graduating today are likely to confront legal problems and opportunities that will take them beyond the borders of their home countries.
Georgetown Law plays a central role in the pioneering Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS), a partnership through which students from leading law schools in over 20 countries gather for a semester in London studying transnational legal topics in a unique multicultural setting.
Each year, up to five J.D. students may study in Paris as part of a special one-year Global Business Law Program. The Program is co-sponsored by Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and Université Paris I (Sorbonne). At the end of their one year study in France, the students will be awarded a Master's in Economic Law, Global Governance Studies Specialization.
Many J.D. students choose to participate in the Law Center's intensive and academically rigorous London Summer Program. Courses have a transnational perspective and are taught by faculty drawn from the Law Center, Kings College London, Free University of Berlin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and other partner schools of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies. The program includes visits to the Royal Courts of Justice, the Central Criminal Court and the Inns of Court.
The International Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for Georgetown Law students to work abroad with practicing lawyers in law firms, corporations and government organizations. In recent years, more than 100 students have been placed annually in close to as many different organizations located in dozens of countries spanning 6 continents.
The Law Center offers students a wide variety of semester abroad opportunities in which the students will be immersed in a foreign culture, studying transnational, international, and/or foreign law at one of several outstanding law schools in Europe, Latin America and Asia. This allows students to develop international and transnational legal perspectives, as well as to prepare themselves for careers that will take them beyond the borders of the United States.
The Global Law Scholars program prepares students for transnational practice in which they regularly encounter problems that involve more than one legal system. The aim is to combine language skills and cultural familiarity with rigorous and directed legal training so that the Scholars are ready to practice in the global legal environment of the 21st century. Approximately 20 Scholars are selected each year.
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