Contact Eric Friedman, Program Director
We highly encourage and support our Legal Studies majors to take a semester of international study. It's an incredibly valuable learning experience. Pulled out of your comfort zone, you will come to appreciate the nuances of other cultures and how critical it is to be sensitive to them no matter where you are in the world. Through study abroad, you'll also become a more globally engaged citizen based on your exposure to an international array of global legal issues, an important skill for a Legal Studies professional.
You have the option to study abroad at one of the Champlain Abroad campuses during your junior year, in either Montreal, Canada or Dublin, Ireland. Alternatively, you can take a semester studying anywhere in the world through our Global Partners Program or one of our third-party international study partners. Champlain's Legal Studies students have studied abroad all over the world, including Cuba.
Another opportunity available to students in the Division of Education & Human Studies is to participate in a summer four-week international student placement through the International Service Learning course. Working closely with your Program Director, you will be able to accommodate a semester abroad, which could potentially include an international internship, while satisfying all of the required coursework for your Legal Studies major.
In the extensive research Champlain has conducted over many years with the business community and public-sector organizations, "Global Appreciation" has emerged as an essential competency employers seek in their employees.
Champlain has taken a highly proactive position on cultivating this competency by ensuring that the College has embedded pioneering international learning across the curriculum.
Additionally, Champlain expects every student to engage in a study-abroad experience, and has designed the curriculum of our majors to support a semester of international study. What does this mean to you? You can study in another country, and even take an internship, and still graduate on time.
Experiences living in another country will make your more culturally sensitive, both personally and professionally, and give you a better grasp of the international policies, complexities and power of other cultural narratives.