Monday, May 4, 2015

Paralegal Students Prepare for Departure!

The week of departure has finally arrived!

On Thursday, May 7 we will board a plane and fly through the night. When we wake up, we'll be in Paris. Following a few days in the "City of Light" we'll travel by train to Strasbourg, France, the home of the European Parliament. Then it is off to London.

The majority of our three weeks abroad will be spent in this exciting city doing court room observations, meeting with legal professionals and visiting sites of enormous legal significance including the Tower of London, Lincoln's Inn, the UK Supreme Court, the Ministry of Defense, Windsor Castle, the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and many others.

We'll end our time abroad in The Hague, the governmental capital of The Netherlands. The Hague is the home of the International Court of Justice (the judicial arm of the UN) and the International Criminal Court. We'll spend time in each court.  We'll also take a day to visit Amsterdam.

The paralegal students have been busy for weeks on pre-departure work. They have learned about the history of Parliament, studied the court system in the UK, compared legal education in the US and UK and researched the utilization of paralegals in the UK. They have also spent time trying to orient themselves to the busy world class cities they'll be living in for the next 3 weeks.

We'll use this blog to help keep you up to date on our travels and in country reflections. We invite you to follow along with us as we undertake this adventure in learning on the other side of "the pond".

By Barbara Craft, J.D. Department Chair for Legal Studies and Legal London Study Abroad Program Director

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