Law Study Abroad Cologne

Phone: 412-396-6186
Robin Connors
Coordinator of Student Organizations
412-396-6186
connorsr@duq.edu

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Curriculum

A three-week program totaling 4.5 (semester) hours of ABA-approved credit.  The one-week modules include:

  • European Public Law
  • Workshop in Corporate Governance
  • European Intellectual property

In Cologne classes will meet at the Institute for American Law on the campus of the University of Cologne.

Class Schedule

Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays and on Mondays from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. to maximize the free time of the students. Folloawing the traditional divide in European legal education between public law and private law, during the first week students will study the public law of the European Union, which will explain the legal status of the Union, its various branch institutions and the sources of law that it uses. In the second week, students
will study the private law of the European Union, including contracts and torts. Keep in mind that since the European Union concludes treaties with the United States, European Union law is connected to the treaty law of the United States, and therefore an American lawyer may be competent to advise clients on European Union law in the United States! The third week presents the third course of study-a lively interactive workshop in corporate governance within the European Union.

Examination

Students will take a comprehensive written examination on the last day of class.

Student evaluation and grading are entirely within the discretion of Duquesne University. Acceptance of any credit or grade given for the program is at the discretion of the student's home school.

Site Visits

In addition to the classroom program and time spent in Paris and Brussels, a number of cultural excursions in Germany are included at no extra cost including: a Rhine River cruise through the World Heritage site of wine valleys and more than 40 hilltop castles (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1066), the birth house museum of Beethoven in Bonn, a guided tour of the Augustusburg Palace at Brühl (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/288) and visits to the local courts and city hall. In Brussels, students will visit the European Union Government and the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium.

Optional Externships (1.5 Credit Value)

Upon successful completion of the three week course of study, a student may choose to do practical training under the tutelage of a practicing lawyer in an international law office which uses the English language to practice international law or American law, and to demonstrate to the student the possibilities for employment in international and foreign legal settings. As native English speakers and students of the common law, students provide valuable service in reviewing and drafting legal documents, attending meetings with clients and developing transactional and litigation strategies. Externships may include law firms, industry, government or judicial chambers.