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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to Teach in 2016 Study Abroad Program

January 20, 2016

Thomas Jefferson School of Law announced today that U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia will participate in its Study Abroad program taking place June 26 – July 21, 2016.

The program featuring Scalia will be held in France in partnership with the University of Nice School of Law.

“This is the fifth time that Justice Scalia will be teaching in the Nice Study Abroad Program, and we’re honored to have him participating,” said Thomas Guernsey, president and dean of Thomas Jefferson School of Law. “It’s an incredible opportunity for anyone with one year of either part-time or full-time law school experience to study Constitutional Law in a global context on the French Riviera with a Supreme Court Justice.”

The program is a four-week international and comparative law study abroad program. Americans study international law with students from Europe and all parts of the world in an atmosphere that fosters the exchange of ideas and exploration of cultural differences. Among the courses is Constitutional Law in a Global Context, which Justice Scalia will teach.

“The Nice Program activities include a day in the French court, a Luncheon Lecture Series featuring distinguished judges, law professors and practitioners of international law and a French class offered for free to all students,” said Susan Tiefenbrun, founding director of the program. “The University of Nice School of Law offers an ideal environment for learning international law in a city that is both beautiful and rich in European culture and history. It’s a truly inspiring program for those who enroll.”

Participants earn four credits for a tuition cost of $3,000. Thomas Jefferson School of Law will assist students with finding housing in either apartment-hotels with a kitchenette or in a hotel with a discount price. U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participated in this program four times and called it “one of the best run study abroad programs.”

In addition, Thomas Jefferson School of Law is launching its annual study abroad program in China for 2016. The three-week initiative will commence May 15, 2016 in Hangzhou, 30 minutes from Shanghai, and is in partnership with Zhejiang University.

“The China Program is designed to encourage American students to study together with Chinese students in order to experience international law in a truly global setting,” said Guernsey. “Students may choose two courses from among the four offered: International Business Transactions or International Entertainment Law and International Intellectual Property Law or Chinese Legal System and its Reforms.”

The China Program activities include: an Orientation for students and faculty; a day in the Chinese Supreme Court in Beijing with lectures in English by Chinese Supreme Court justices; a Luncheon Lecture Series featuring law professors, judges, practitioners and experts in international law; optional organized weekend trips to other cities in China including a four-day trip to Beijing and a three-day trip to Shanghai, as well as a half-day tour of Hangzhou. Students stay at the four-star, Lakeview Hotel, and take a charter bus together to and from the hotel and law school. Students earn four credits for a tuition cost of $3,000.