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Summer Program in Uganda

The McGeorge students in the photo (right-to-left) are: (first row) Vince Wiraatmadja, Kristin Capritto, Katie Reed, Kastle Lund and Doug Ropel; (second row) Alex Khan, Bobby Walker and Hannah Sleznikow; and (third row), Tony Schiavo, Coleman Segal, Professor Linda Carter and Bruce Pence.

Second Year of Uganda Summer Program Accepting Applications

January 24, 2014

Tags: Student Life, 2014

After a successful first year, the Pacific McGeorge Uganda Law and Development Practicum summer program registration is open for a second year.

In partnership with the International Law Institute-African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE), Distinguished Professor Linda Carter conceived and directed the three-week program that combines an experiential component and a classroom component. The first Pacific McGeorge journey to Kampala was in 2013 by 11 students who had just finished their first or second years.

They found the experience "life changing, powerful." Some said it was "eye opening to see how the court system works in Uganda." Finally, a former student stated, "the real education came from meeting and interacting with the Ugandan Judges and students. They have so much insight to offer us."  Coleman Segal, '15, made a video about his exciting experience in the program.

The three-week Law and Development Practicum combines a seminar with work in teams on a project for a Judge or for an attorney in a legal office. The seminar will focus on development issues in an emerging economy and particularly on the importance of legal infrastructure. Uganda students will study side-by-side with American students.

Students who enroll in the seven-week Field Placement will be individually placed in courts, government agencies, non-government organizations, or law firms. Through both opportunities, students will gain important intercultural experience and contribute to the development of the legal infrastructure of Ugandan justice system.

The application deadline is March 27, 2014, for the Pacific McGeorge Summer Program in Kampala, Uganda:

Pacific McGeorge also offers an Inter-American Summer Program in Guatemala, with courses from May 31 to June 20 and an optional field placement from June 23 to Aug. 8, and a Summer Program in Salzburg from July 6 to July 25 with courses taught by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and other highly regarded European and American faculty.