Thomas Jefferson School of Law, in cooperation with Faculté de Droit de l’Université de Nice, presents a four week, ABA approved, International and Comparative Law Summer Study Abroad Program in Nice, France. While this is a five-year old program under the sponsorship of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, this summer abroad program continues the same Nice Summer Abroad Program that was founded and directed by Professor Susan Tiefenbrun 21 years ago. Classes are held at the University of Nice School of Law. Centrally located in the south of France on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea, the University of Nice School of Law offers an ideal environment for learning international and comparative law in a city that is both beautiful and rich in European culture and history. In the Nice Program, American students study international law together with students from Europe and all parts of the world in a truly international atmosphere. The program is designed to encourage students to exchange ideas and explore cultural differences that influence international legal transactions. The student body is drawn from law schools across the United States and the world. In 2012, 53 students attended the Nice Program, including 40 American students from 7 different law schools and 13 European students from the Nice Law School. The participation of European students from the University of Nice School of Law in each of the four courses offered is an important feature of this program.
Nice Program activities include a day in the French court, a Brown-bag Luncheon Lecture Series featuring distinguished judges, law professors and practitioners of international law, a French class offered for free to all students, a welcoming reception and a goodbye party for students and faculty, and other events.
Why attending the TJSL Study Abroad Programs are a must while in Law School!
By Jeremy M. Evans, Esq. '11
Traveling to Nice, France and Hangzhou, China in the Summer of 2009, were a first of many for me. It was the first time I had left the United States. First time traveling around the world (from Los Angeles,CA to Asia, to the Middle East, to Europe, to New York, NY, to Seattle, WA, and back to San Diego, CA). It was the first time living in a foreign country and meeting friends from the around the world. More importantly, it was the beginning of life long relationships with friends and colleagues that could only be strengthened while traveling in a foreign country.
If that is not enough, how about traveling to 19 countries and 29 cities in 3 months over the summer and getting 8 units toward my J.D. and law school graduation. And for those inclined to know, study abroad programs are focused on cultural education (having fun and entertaining times) as much as they are towards the legal education. Why else would you travel half-way across the world to learn? There is no other reason--the point is to immerse yourself in the culture, meet people, and to be challenged in living life to the fullest.
Needless to say, the programs were an amazing experience and it was one of the best times in my life. Those who traveled together still keep in touch and laugh about those experiences. It was also those experiences and challenges in traveling overseas that gave us additional confidence to go after our dreams, without fear or trembling.
Now it is not just a personal experience, here are some testimonials from Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alums who have attended the Nice and/or China programs:
"I wouldn't classify the semester abroad in Nice as a program, but more deserving - an experience. Our time on the coast of France was not only culturally influential, educational, and breathtaking but organized and professionally administered. A must for any law school student who craves a higher level of experience and education for their law school and legal career."
- Courtney Darnell '11 (Nice Program, 2009)
Director of Online Marketing at LawInfo.com (San Diego, CA)
"By far the best decision I ever made during law school. Life and career changing!"
-Taylor Olson '11 (China and Nice Programs, 2009)
Solo Practitioner (San Francisco, CA)
"With the China Program, you get to study with the Chinese students in their university. It's an amazing experience of law and culture."
-Eric P. Ganci '08 (China Program, 2007)
Award Winning DUI Trial Lawyer (San Diego, CA)
"Studying abroad in Nice was one of my most memorable and enjoyable experiences during law school. To be able to study different areas of law in an international context, take classes with, and learn from foreign law students, and live on the French Riviera, is an experience I will never forget. I have never met anyone who regretted a study abroad experience, because it is a great way to expand your horizons and gain an education that expands far beyond just the classroom."
-Matt Vesterdahl '11 (Nice Program, 2009)
Staff Attorney, Reed Smith, LLP (San Francisco, CA)
"Studying abroad in Nice was one of the most rewarding and beneficial experiences during my time at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, not to mention the lifetime friendships the experience created."
-Adam Owens '11 (Nice Program, 2009)
Solo Practitioner (San Diego, CA)
We Alums hope you attend the programs and experience what we got to experience. Life, as you know, is what you make of it. So, make the China and Nice TJSL Study Abroad Programs (i.e., Experience) a priority and sign up now:
Hangzhou, China Experience (May 20-June 7, 2013): http://www.tjsl.edu/study-abroad/china
Nice, France Experience (June 24-July 18, 2013): http://www.tjsl.edu/study-abroad/nice
For more stories, experiences, and or contemplating attending, feel free to reach out today:
Jeremy M. Evans
Criminal Defense & Sports Law
From: Bryson, Melissa [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, July 26, 2013 09:42 AM
To: Susan Tiefenbrun
Subject: Nice Program, Thank You
My name is Melissa Bryson and I was in your International Human Rights class in Nice this past month (I am also from Wake Forest University School of Law). I just wanted to thank you for being a great teacher! I learned so much and was so impressed by all of the programming, including having Justice Richard Goldstone in our class. I thoroughly enjoyed your class and the program overall. I will definitely be recommending this program in the future!
I hope your husband has had a full recovery by now as well.
Thank you again!