A horizon expanding experience

Trent SmithPart of what attracted Trent Smith (2L) to Duquesne University School of Law was the opportunity to study abroad. Staying in Europe for a semester while studying as an undergraduate was an experience Smith relished. He also realized such a horizon expanding event could only add to his legal education.

Smith, who has a passion for travel and for international relations and diplomacy, originally set out to study for a semester in Cologne. Because of COVID-19, that experience was temporarily halted. Smith was determined to continue to take his legal studies international and spoke with John Rago, associate professor of law, who informed him of an opportunity to study in Sarajevo.

Rago reached out to Dr. Kirk Junker from the University of Cologne and Barbara Carlin (L'82) who helped Smith to secure the opportunity to work with Judge Hilmo Vucinic in Bosnia who sits on the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Smith will be there this June through July.

While there, he will be able to visit other institutions, such as the Supreme Court of Bosnia. Smith, who knows German, said he is trying to learn Bosnian on his own to prepare for the trip. While he is exacting his language competence, he feels confident to use his legal writing skills while there.

"I feel I am very well prepared through Duquesne's writing program. I had an internship with the Vermont Attorney General in the human services legal division and they were very impressed with my writing skills," Smith said.

Among what he hopes to learn while overseas, Smith is interested to determine if the international legal community writes differently than English common law system. He is looking forward to making the most of this experience and the possibility of living abroad for a few years in the future.

"I have always been in interested in international and political relations from the first year at school here and litigation and transactional work; 1L definitely highlighted that for me. I would really be interested in living abroad for a few years. I'd be very glad to work in international law and would be interested in some form of international litigation work or criminal litigation as well," Smith said.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University’s academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.

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