Rutgers Law School works with a number of partners around the world. A number of our courses include international travel components where students have the opportunity to learn and work in different legal cultures. We also offer semester-long Study Abroad opportunities.
Courses with International Travel
Rutgers Law partners with the University of the Western Cape’s (UWC) Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights. An active institution in the anti-apartheid struggle, the UWC Faculty of Law offers a wide variety of courses in comparative law, customary law, women and children’s rights. Students spend Spring Break in South Africa, meeting fellow UWC students and constitutional judges and presenting their comparative law papers at UWC.
The course offering “Cuban Legal Field Study” provides students with an opportunity to travel to Havana, Cuba during Spring break where they are hosted by the National Union of Cuban Jurists (UNJC). The UNJC, a professional organization for lawyers headquartered in Havana, co-ordinates a program on the Cuban Legal System with the assistance of members of the University of Havana Faculty of Law and practicing attorneys.
The program is directed by Professor Charles Auffant.
The course “Child Migration and U.S. Immigration Law & Policy” studies the root causes of child migration, especially from Central America, as well as U.S. immigration law and policy as it relates to children. The course also affords students the opportunity, for an additional credit, to travel to Guatemala, where students meet with individuals and social service organizations that work with child migrants and repatriated children. The in-country experience provides a unique and valuable setting for students to enrich their understanding of U.S. immigration policy and the effects of that policy on individuals and communities. The travel component also introduces students to the indigenous cultures of Guatemala as they learn how indigenous populations have been affected by migration.
Rutgers Law students can spend a semester at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Questions and application materials should be submitted to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs in Newark, Sarah Regina.
Students have the opportunity to work within leading non-governmental organizations, such as Colombia Diversa, in Bogotá, Fundacion Iguales, in Santiago, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in Washington, D.C. Students apply their skills conducting legal and policy research. Summer internships provide a unique opportunity to integrate students’ legal education with actual work on global issues affecting populations in other places around the world.
The Summer Internships Program is directed by CTL Director Jorge Contesse.
Applications for Summer 2022 are closed.
Jessup International Court Competition
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from roughly 700 law schools in 100 countries and jurisdictions. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. The Competition explores resolving contemporary world order problems through the rule of law.
Each year, five students are selected to represent the Rutgers Jessup team and compete against approximately two dozen other schools. The Competition is judged by practitioners, diplomates, professors and members of various judiciaries, including notable International Law luminaries from around the world.
Read about a Jessup team member experience on the Blog.
Applications for the 2021 Competition are closed.