In today's world, understanding law in an international context is essential in most areas of practice. Michigan Law is the right place to learn this. Take courses on human rights or business transactions in China and India. Have lunch with a friend who is from another country or has spent a summer doing refugee work in Africa, international environmental work in D.C., or cross-border corporate transactions in NY. Pursue an externship with a U.N. agency or international organization in our Geneva program. At Michigan there are many exciting opportunities to choose from.
– Virginia Gordan, Assistant Dean for International Affairs
The Center for International and Comparative Law
The Center for International and Comparative Law, guided by and managed by Virginia Gordan, Assistant Dean for International Affairs, is the Law School's focal point for the internationally related endeavors of students, faculty, visitors, and alumni. It serves as a central clearing house for international activities taking place at the Law School and around the University and provides direction and support to faculty and student initiatives, such as conferences and workshops, and to international projects such as student internships, faculty exchanges, and study abroad opportunities. For international public interest career information, please see the Office of Career Planning and its International Practice Area Section.
The Center also develops social and academic programs for graduate students and visiting scholars which give them a sense of community among themselves and integrate them into the life of the entire School. Some of the features offered by the Center include: an orientation program at the beginning of the academic year, which introduces students to the Law School, the culture of U.S. law classes, and the curriculum, and provides individual academic advising to each student for arranging his/her academic program for the year; email groups; pen-pal programs; language lunches; and international host programs. More broadly speaking, the Assistant Dean for International Affairs and her staff are dedicated to making the academic and personal experience of graduate students, scholars, and visitors at the Law School a rich and meaningful one.
The Global Affairs Committee, which is chaired by Steven Ratner, the Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law, and Virginia Gordan, Assistant Dean for International Affairs, is responsible for the direction of the Center for International and Comparative Law. Prof. Ratner established and directs the Law School's externship program in Geneva.