"The European Legal Studies Program at Michigan provides students with an unrivaled grounding in issues of EU, international and comparative law. The mix of international faculty and students ensures stimulating and wide-ranging classroom discussion while at the same time nurturing transnational professional relationships. The program has been invaluable in preparing me to succeed as a clerk on the International Court of Justice as well as in my current position as Attorney-Adviser in the U.S. Department of State."
–Ted Kill, '07, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State
Michigan Law is among a select group of U.S. law schools whose students are eligible to apply for clerkships at the European Court of Justice through the Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program. Organized through the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg, the program offers stage (traineeship/internship) opportunities to a limited number of students from select U.S. law schools, offering them the opportunity to work in the chambers of a judge or advocate general of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Students are nominated by their law schools and the Court makes the final selection decision.
As part of its semester study abroad opportunities, the University has established special ties with the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, the premier institution in Europe for the study of European integration. It offers doctoral and post-doctoral programs in economics, history and civilization, law, and political and social sciences. Other semester study abroad opportunities are available at Amsterdam Law School in the Netherlands, KU Leuven in Belgium, Geneva's Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland, and Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. In addition, students may investigate study abroad opportunities through the European Union Center, or propose their own student-initiated semester study programs with law faculty at other foreign universities.
Students may also apply for an internship or externship with the International Court of Justice in The Hague, London's AIRE Centre for Advice on Individual Rights in Europe, and several Geneva-based programs. These opportunities, as well as a host of summer, academic term, and post-graduate fellowships, are administered through Michigan Law's Center for International and Comparative Law. Additional funding and internship opportunities are also available through the European Union Center.
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