Field Studies and ​Courses

Texas A&M Law expands the opportunities for students to study ​across the globe. Aggie Law students will go outside the classroom, outside the United States and across the globe to explore rule of law, dispute resolution, commercial arbitration, environmental law, and energy law in the field.

Global Lawyering
Students explore topics drawing on expert and practice-based resources available only on-site. The start of the course ​is at the Law School researching and preparing for the field study during the Spring semester. The field study trip takes place in May. Upon return, students reflect on skills and substantive legal and policy knowledge gained during the field study trip itself through a field study debrief, reflection exercises and a research project completed in the Fall.

Successfully completing a Global Lawyering Field Course, along with completing other required and elective courses, qualifies you for the International Public Policy Concentration. Learn more.

Global Lawyering Field ​Study Courses

Join faculty for an international or cross-border component on a selected topic as a stand-alone course or as part of a larger course.

​Spring/Summer 2019 Opportunities:

Cambodia:  Art, Fashion, Food & Culture: Trade and Sustainable Development in Cambodia

This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn about international and domestic legal issues related to trade and sustainable development in the fast-growing nation of Cambodia. Students will explore the progress of law, business, and economic interests from ancient to modern times in the context of agriculture, fashion, art, and cultural heritage. In each respect, students will consider the challenges and opportunities faced by governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as national and foreign businesses operating within the country. A core part of the student experience will involve meeting with policy makers, diplomats, business executives, and other stakeholders to discuss their concerns about and ideas for the future of trade and sustainable development from local and global perspectives. 
​Faculty:  Irene Calboli and Jeff Slattery

Jersey and Guernsey:  Sovereignty, Brexit and the European Union: The Channel Islands and Financial Regulation

As jurisdictions that operate autonomously from British law, Jersey and Guernsey have operated neither completely inside nor outside of the European Union. As such, they have served as an investment gateway to Europe, but also are a source of regulatory know how on operating in the EU’s shadow—knowledge of particular importance now to a post-Brexit UK. As international financial centers, they play a role in enforcing sanctions, tax obligations, and controls on money laundering and terrorist financing. The Global Lawyering Course will provide students the opportunity to see this environment directly through meetings with government officials, regulators, and practitioners both from the law and financial sectors.
Faculty:  Charlotte Ku and Andrew Morriss, Dean, School of Innovation

Mexico:  Energy, Regulation of Natural Resources and Dispute Resolution

In contrast to the United States, Mexico owns all water and hydrocarbon resources and contracts private parties to exploit them. This creates a substantially different regulatory environment from that governing energy production in the U.S. This Global Lawyering Course will provide students the opportunity to see this environment directly through meetings with government officials from the energy regulatory agencies, judges that have dealt with energy-related disputes with communities and legal practitioners working in the energy sector, and community leaders.
Faculty: Guillermo Garcia Sanchez

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eckstien-welshISRAEL:
Water, Energy, and Dispute Resolution

Gabriel Eckstein and Nancy Welsh

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The Israel field study focuses on regional disputes related to water and energy resource management.

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Through on-site visits to various Israeli and Palestinian ministries, non-government organizations, and water and energy-related facilities, students explore water and energy procurement, development, and distribution in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, as well as associated environmental concerns. They also examine the challenges that resources scarcity, political instability, differing cultural norms, and other factors play in natural resources management and consider applicable domestic and international laws and dispute resolutions mechanisms.

“This field study will be a deep dive into the regulatory, political, and environmental issues at play,” Nancy Welsh, Aggie Dispute Resolution Program Director, said. “The current disputes over seawater desalination and its attending environmental impact are very timely, and will give our students insight into the nuances of dispute resolution in a different part of the world that cannot be replicated in the classroom.”

Details:
Combined classroom and field experience in Israel: explore the history, culture, and legal issues related to water, energy, and associated dispute resolution challenges; examine basics of international and comparative law, cross-cultural communication, and being a global professional.

This course includes a field study trip to Israel. Students will complete the Field Study Preparation for 0.5 credits as a Spring course with the Field Trip completed in May and the Field Study Debrief, Reflection Exercises, and Research Project completed during the Fall semester for an additional 2.5 credits.

Offered Spring 2018.

Randy Gordon and Guillermo GarciaSCOTLAND:
Natural Resource Management ​& Dispute Resolution

Randy Gordon and Guillermo Garcia

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The Scotland field study introduces students to the use of international commercial arbitration.

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Situated as it is along the North Sea, Aberdeen, and its ancient University, naturally evolved into an energy center. Our program takes advantage of the broad expertise--in terms of both scholarship and business--growing out of Aberdeen's extensive connections to the North Sea oil and gas fields. More broadly, we consider EU and International Law as they apply to energy, environmental, and climate change policy issues. And we give particular attention to dispute resolution in Scotland, the UK, and the EU, including arbitration. Finally, we take advantage of the Scottish location to learn about the history and evolution of Scots Law and the present mix of legal institutions.

“Arbitration has long played an important role in dispute resolution in Scotland and, as a result, Scotland has developed its own body of arbitration law,” said Executive Professor of Law Randy Gordon, who will lead the course. “As part of our field study in Aberdeen, we will examine the particulars of the Scottish arbitration scheme and how it fits within and diverges from the international commercial arbitration system.”

Details:
This course includes a field study trip to ​Scotland. Students will complete the Field Study Preparation for 0.5 credits as a Spring course with the Field Trip completed in May and the Field Study Debrief, Reflection Exercises, and Research Project completed during the Fall semester for an additional 2.5 credits.

Offered Spring 2018.

alkon_cynthia-charlotte-kuCAMBODIA:
Building The Rule of Law

​Cynthia Alkon and ​Charlotte Ku 
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Experience the basics of international and comparative law, cross cultural communication, and the challenges of developing rule of law.

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Students experience firsthand the challenges of developing rule of law in a post-conflict environment. Students examined how the history of conflicts and genocide have impacted the Cambodian legal system. Through hands-on experience, students investigate the issues of environmental law, land rights and labor arbitration affecting Cambodia today. Students also gain an understanding of being a global professional.

Details:
This course includes a field study trip to Cambodia. Students will complete the Field Study Preparation for 0.5 credits as a Spring course with the Field Trip completed in May and the Field Study Debrief, Reflection Exercises, and Research Project completed during the Fall semester for an additional 2.5 credits.

Offered Spring 2017.

morriss-andrew-william-magnusonJERSEY (Channel Islands):
​Facilitating Trade

​​Andrew Morriss and ​William Magnuson 
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Students explore firsthand the basics of international financial regulations and Jersey's specialized investment structures.

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Students travel to the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands to explore firsthand the basics of international and comparative law, cross cultural communication and being a global professional. As Jersey is a major international financial center, the students examine how businesses and investors make use of Jersey structures to invest in Great Britain, the European Union and the world. They gain an understanding of the British constitution, European Union financial regulation and the legal issues involved in wealth management.

Details:
This course includes a field study trip to ​Jersey. Students will complete the Field Study Preparation for 0.5 credits as a Spring course with the Field Trip completed in May and the Field Study Debrief, Reflection Exercises, and Research Project completed during the Fall semester for an additional 2.5 credits.

Offered Spring 2017.

AricShort-ThomasMitchellGHANA:
Land Use Conflicts and Access to Justice

​​Aric Short and ​Thomas W. Mitchell 
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Students examine the history, culture and legal issues affecting Ghana’s land use conflicts and access to justice.

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Applying international and comparative law concepts along with cross-cultural communication, the students meet with government officials, NGOs, judges, practicing lawyers & communities to understand the complexities of land use and ownership, including the interplay between customary and statutory law in Ghana.

Details:
This course includes a field study trip to ​Ghana. Students will complete the Field Study Preparation for 0.5 credits as a Spring course with the Field Trip completed in May and the Field Study Debrief, Reflection Exercises, and Research Project completed during the Fall semester for an additional 2.5 credits.

Offered Spring 2017.

 

Summer Program

alton_stephen140BORDERLANDS LAW:
Contemporary Legal Issues Relating to the U.S.-Mexico Border

Stephen Alton

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Travel to Laredo to investigate U.S.-Mexico border issues such as immigration, natural resources management, and trade and business.

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The U.S.-Mexico borderlands have loomed large in the mythology of Texas. Come experience the power of the borderlands, as the myth collides with the reality of the 21st century in Texas A&M University School of Law’s collaborative summer program with Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) in Laredo, Texas. Laredo is the largest port of entry in Texas and is the third-largest port of entry in the United States. Laredo’s annual import-export trade topped $280 billion in 2015. Total trade back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border amounts to almost $1.5 billion each day.

The Laredo program consists of two parts, totaling six credits over seven weeks. The first part is a two-credit, two-week course called “Borderlands Law,” which will be held on the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) campus in Laredo and will include guest speakers and field trips. Six TAMIU students will participate in this class.

The second part of this summer program will be a five-week, four-credit externship placement in Laredo, immediately following the two-week Borderlands Law course. The externship will place students in a public interest setting or private law firm setting in Laredo.

Details:
Preference for enrollment in the Borderlands Law course and the associated Laredo externship will be given to those students who enroll in both courses (i.e., the Borderlands Law course and the Laredo externship).
Enrollment limited to six (6) law students.

Offered Summer 2016, Summer 2017, and Summer 2018.

 

Spring Break Field Trip

burge_mark140CAYMAN ISLANDS:
Financial Regulation

Mark Burge

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This course is a combined classroom and field experience in the Cayman Islands designed to provide a foundation for the examination of international business and tax strategies and related policy issues. The course will provide introductory knowledge and concepts to students, so that, as part of their legal practice, they will be able to assist clients in evaluating international business strategies. Students will study the various business goals that may motivate U.S. corporations to organize and utilize offshore business entities, and will examine the broader policy and legal issues related to the use of such entities. Most importantly, students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with professionals and policymakers from the Cayman Islands.

This course includes a field trip to the Cayman Islands during Spring Break. All three segments will be completed in the Spring semester for a total of 2 credits.

Offered Spring 2016.

 

Recent courses:

Global Rule of Law Development Seminar & Projects

Backstop clients around the world with research and information on specific law topics. In this capstone course, students work on projects for clients in a variety of countries, creating a written product ​for the requesting agency/organization. Through these projects students will improve their skills in rule of law assessment, research, and communication. Projects will focus on a specific legal question, process or institution and are expected to produce a written product that will be sent to the agency/organization that requested the research.