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Join faculty for an international component on a selected topic as a stand-alone course or as part of a larger course. Opportunities available over Spring Break, and in May. Students also have the opportunity to research rule of law development projects for clients across the globe.

Global Lawyering

Students will explore topics drawing on expert and practice-based resources available only outside Fort Worth. A majority of the course will be in Fort Worth researching and preparing for the field study and, on the return, reflecting on skills and substantive legal and policy knowledge gained during the field study trip itself.

Spring Break Field Trip Course (2Ls & 3Ls)

burge_mark140Cayman Islands: Financial ​Regulation
Mark Burge

LAW-7​900 (Special Topics)

2 credits

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 Cayman Island. All three segments will be completed in the Spring 2018 semester for a total of 2 credits.

Application required; due November 3.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of first semester of law school by fall 2017. Professor approval required. Limited to 2L & 3L students, May 2018 graduates are eligible.

Class Schedule:
The Global Lawyering class meeting days/times are being finalized and should be included in the schedule within the next week.

Field trip to Cayman Islands during spring break:
      Monday, March 12:   8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
      Tuesday, March 13:   8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
      Thursday, March 15:   8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
      Friday, March 16:   8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Attendance: Students must attend the entire classroom component to earn credit in the course. An absence for any reason will result in administrative withdrawal from the course.

Course Fee: ​$3,500 course fee to cover airfare, lodging,​ meals, and administrative fees. Tuition will be assessed at the same rate as for all other law school courses.

Payment Deadlines: When registering and accepted into the course, you will be billed automatically (You will be responsible for the course fee even if you fail to complete the course.)

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Global Rule of Law Development Projects

alkon_cynthia-charlotte-kuGlobal Rule of Law Development Projects
Cynthia Alkon and Charlotte Ku

LAW-7​900 (Special Topics)
3 credits

Students will work on projects for clients in a variety of countries.  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.  The anticipated projects for Spring 2018 are:

  • Criminal Justice Reform (Pretrial Detention): Mongolia
  • Commercial Law Reform (Secured Transactions):  Nepal
  • Environmental Law Reform:  Cambodia

Application required; due November 3.

Prerequisite: One year of law school in the full time or part-time program. Professor approval required.

Schedule:  Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.

May Global Field ​Study Courses (1Ls & 2Ls)

alkon_cynthia-charlotte-kuCambodia: Building The Rule of Law
​Cynthia Alkon and ​Charlotte Ku 

LAW-7900 (Special Topics)      
0.5 credits

The course will introduce students to the basics of international and comparative law, cross cultural communication, and being a global professional. This course will introduce students to the challenges of developing rule of law in a post-conflict environment. Students will study how the history of conflicts and genocide impact the Cambodian legal system.

This course includes a field study trip to Cambodia. Students will complete the Field Study Preparation for 0.5 credits as a Spring 2018 course with the Field Trip completed in May and the Field Study Debrief, Reflection Exercises, and Research Project completed during the Fall semester 2018 for an additional 2.5 credits.

Application required; due November 3.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of first semester of law school by Fall 2017. Professor approval required. Limited to 1L & 2L students not graduating until Dec. 2018 or later.

Schedule:
       Friday, February 9:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Friday, February 23:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Friday, March 2:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Friday, March 23:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Thursday, March 29:  12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. pre-departure orientation
       May: Field study trip to Cambodia

Attendance: Students must attend the entire classroom component to earn credit in the course.
An absence for any reason will result in administrative withdrawal from the course.

Course Fee: $3,500 course fee to cover airfare, lodging, meals, and administrative fees. Tuition will be assessed at the same rate as for all other law school courses.

Payment Deadlines:  When registering and accepted into the course, you will be billed automatically. (You will be responsible for the course fee even if you fail to complete the course.)

See student blogs from the 2017 trip

AricShort140Ghana:
Land Use & Access to Justice

Aric Short 

LAW-7900 (Special Topics)
0.5 Credits

​Students in this course learn the basics of international and comparative law, cross-cultural communication, and being a global professional. This course will also address the history, culture, and legal issues that provide context for the students’ study of land use conflicts and access to legal services.

This course includes a field study trip to Ghana. Students will complete the Field Study Preparation for 0.5 credits as a Spring 2018 course with the Field Trip completed in May and the Field Study Debrief, Reflection Exercises, and Research Project completed during the Fall semester 2018 for an additional 2.5 credits.

Application required; due November 3.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of first semester of law school by Fall 201​7. Professor approval required. Limited to 1L & 2L students not graduating until Dec. 2018 or later..

Schedule:
       Friday, February 9:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Friday, February 23:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Friday, March 2:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Friday, March 23:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Thursday, March 29:  12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. pre-departure orientation
       May: Field study trip to Ghana

Attendance: Students must attend the entire classroom component to earn credit in the course.
An absence for any reason will result in administrative withdrawal from the course.

Course Fee: $3,500 course fee to cover airfare, lodging, meals, and administrative fees. Tuition will be assessed at the same rate as for all other law school courses.

Payment Deadlines:  When registering and accepted into the course, you will be billed automatically. (You will be responsible for the course fee even if you fail to complete the course.)

See student blogs from the 2017 trip

eckstien-welshIntro to Israel:  Water, Energy, and Dispute Resolution
Gabriel Eckstein and Nancy Welsh

LAW-7900 (Special Topics)
0.5 credits

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 2018 course with the Field Trip completed in May and the Field Study Debrief, Reflection Exercises, and Research Project completed during the Fall semester 2018 for an additional 2.5 credits.

Application required; due November 3.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of first semester of law school by Fall 2017. Professor approval required. Limited to 1L & 2L students not graduating until Dec. 2018 or later.

Schedule:
       Friday, February 9:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Friday, February 23:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Friday, March 2:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Friday, March 23:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Thursday, March 29:  12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. pre-departure orientation
       May: Field study trip to Israel

Attendance: Students must attend the entire classroom component to earn credit in the course.
An absence for any reason will result in administrative withdrawal from the course.

Course Fee: $3,500 course fee to cover airfare, lodging, meals, and administrative fees. Tuition will be assessed at the same rate as for all other law school courses.

Payment Deadlines:  When registering and accepted into the course, you will be billed automatically. (You will be responsible for the course fee even if you fail to complete the course.)

Gordon_Randy_140x158Scotland: Natural Resource Management and Dispute Resolution
Randy Gordon

LAW-7900 (Special Topics)
0.5 credits

Situated as it is along the North Sea, Aberdeen, and its ancient University, naturally evolved into an energy center. Our program will take 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'll consider EU and International Law as they apply to energy, environmental, and climate change policy issues. And we will give particular attention to dispute resolution in Scotland, the UK, and the EU, including arbitration. Finally, we hope to take advantage of the Scottish location to learn about the history and evolution of Scots Law and the present mix of legal institutions.

This course includes a field study trip to ​Scotland. Students will complete the Field Study Preparation for 0.5 credits as a Spring 2018 course with the Field Trip completed in May and the Field Study Debrief, Reflection Exercises, and Research Project completed during the Fall semester 2018 for an additional 2.5 credits.

Application required; due November 3.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of first semester of law school by Fall 2017. Professor approval required. Limited to 1L & 2L students not graduating until Dec. 2018 or later.

Schedule:
       Friday, February 9:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Friday, February 23:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Friday, March 2:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Friday, March 23:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
       Thursday, March 29:  12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. pre-departure orientation
       May: Field study trip to Scotland

Attendance: Students must attend the entire classroom component to earn credit in the course.
An absence for any reason will result in administrative withdrawal from the course.

Course Fee: $3,500 course fee to cover airfare, lodging, meals, and administrative fees. Tuition will be assessed at the same rate as for all other law school courses.

Payment Deadlines:  When registering and accepted into the course, you will be billed automatically. (You will be responsible for the course fee even if you fail to complete the course.)