Global Programs

Global Law at Texas A&M University School of Law

Ask anyone in law practice today and they will likely tell you that some of the most complex and interesting legal questions now arise from cross-border transactions, family arrangements and enterprises made possible by the lowering of cost, time and distance barriers.

Lawyers today live and work in an exciting time of change and flux with new players, new institutions and new opportunities. The Texas A&M University Global Law Program is committed to understanding this dynamic environment and to equipping students to engage productively in it.

Taylor Winn with Ghanaian children3L Taylor Winn experienced West Africa ​in the field study course "Ghana: Land Use Conflicts and Right to Justice."
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Eckstein at VaticanProfessor Gabriel Eckstein served as a legal commentator at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Seminar on the Human Right to Water held ​at the Vatican.
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Texas A&M University has a global reach with study centers in Mexico, Italy, Costa Rica, and a campus in Qatar. The Aggie Network ​spans the globe with over 450,000 former students worldwide and 35 international A&M Clubs.

Texas A&M Law offers students incredible opportunities to explore global lawyering with field study courses to Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Ghana, Jersey, Israel and Scotland. Students delve into legal issues that affect people around the world such as building the rule of law, access to justice, land use, resource management, dispute resolution, and financial regulation. Students may also work on global rule of law development projects for clients in a variety of countries.

Texas A&M former students and faculty are leaders in their professions. For law, this includes global leadership. Law practice today is built on ties and relationships. For the Texas A&M lawyer, the ties and relationships are global.


Faculty-led Short Courses and Field Studies

Read our May 2017 Field Study student blogs
from Cambodia, Ghana and Jersey

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.
- Applications Due November 3.

    • Ghana Land Use and Access to Justice
      Led by ​Professor Aric Short

    • Cayman IslandsFinancial Regulation
      Led by Professor Mark Burge
    • Guatemala:  field placements

  • ​ASIA
    • Cambodia: ​ Building the Rule of Law
      Led by Associate Deans Cynthia Alkon and Charlotte Ku
      Possible field placement to follow

    • ScotlandNatural Resource Management and Dispute Resolution
      Led by Professor Randy Gordon
      Possible field placement to follow

    • IsraelWater, Energy, and Dispute Resolution
      Led by Professors Gabriel Eckstein and Nancy Welsh
      Possible field placement to follow

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Global Rule of Law Development Projects

Students will work on projects for clients in a variety of countries, creating  a written product that will be sent to the agency/organization that requested the research. Through these projects students will improve their skills in rule of law assessment, research, and communication. The anticipated projects for Spring 2018 include:

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

International Field Placements and Externships

Placements range from two to twelve weeks in law firms, corporations, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and international organizations. Students will generally complete a related short course prior to starting an international externship.
Representative current partner:
          Vishnu Law Group, Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Learn more

Global Rule of Law Development Seminar

Backstop lawyers around the world with research and information on specific law topics.
 Representative partner:
          ​COFOCE, Guanajuato, Mexico, on trademarks and business development

Texas and the World

Texas is a global player ​with:
  • $251 billion in exports
  • 54 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Texas
  • more than 64,600 multinational corporations with Texas operations reported by the Texas Secretary of State
  • a 1,254 mile international border with Mexico and a long history of cross-border activity
EVP Sambo with Aggie Law group
Italy Florence student group
Ghana forest
Pham Vietnam
costa rica 2015