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Duquesne Law School Adds International Offering on European Law

The Duquesne University School of Law has added a program on European Law to its legal education abroad summer programs.

Held at the University of Cologne in Germany, the new, three-week program will be held June 4-25, 2011 and is open to all graduate students, but is designed for law students.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to build upon our relationship with the University of Cologne, creating a first-class summer program for our law students,” said Dean Ken Gormley. “Virtually every type of legal practice today involves some exposure to international law. Cologne sits at the epicenter of the European Union and is a beautiful location for students to learn about the global aspects of the legal profession.”

The English-language curriculum includes one-week modules in European private law and European public law, and a workshop in corporate governance. Educational excursions to Paris and Brussels will also be part of the program.

“Since the focus is European law, it made sense not only to get perspectives from other nearby European countries, but from the seat of the European Union—Brussels—where we will tour and see the government in session,” said Kirk Junker, associate professor of law and director of international programs for the law school. “Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) is a partner university to Cologne, so we are fortunate to be able to take advantage of that network as well.”

In addition to the classroom program, students will have an opportunity to see the EU institutions in action in Brussels as well as meet with the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium.

The law faculties of the University of Cologne and Duquesne have been partners since 2000. The partnership, designed to foster educational and professional exchanges between the universities and the local professional communities, has yielded a regular exchange of students and faculty over the past seven years, including Duquesne’s first foreign LLM student.

The School of Law conducts other international and study abroad programs in Belfast and Dublin, Ireland; Beijing, China; and Vatican City, Rome.

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