BC Law’s Global Practice Program is designed to enhance experiential and global learning opportunities. In addition to the existing London, Human Rights Semester in Practice, and Immigration Externship programs, the Law School is partnering with a growing number of universities and programs around the globe. But BC Law’s reach doesn’t stop there; it includes the scores of alumni who work and live abroad and the faculty who travel the globe. The LLM program further adds to the international mix in our classrooms and to our community’s influence in the global marketplace. To view larger version of map, click here.
Dispatches: Dan Chin ’16
What: Pro Bono Spring Break Trip. Where: Port au Prince and Carrefour, Haiti. Task: Conducted research for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights regarding forced evictions and substandard living conditions in displaced persons camps. Collaborated with Haitian law students to write shadow reports for the UN Human Rights Council on various human rights issues.
Dispatches: Tristan Axelrod ’14
What: Competed against 11 European teams, regional finals, European Union Law Moot Court Competition. Where: Braga, Portugal. Outcome: “We did quite well but did not win. Part of your score comes from your ability to speak both English and French, with extra points if you don’t use your native tongue. One member received language points, but that wasn’t enough. We learned later that without the language points we had the highest scores in the tournament.”
3: Number of times London Program students competed in pub trivia with their British counterparts at the Waterfront Bar & Grill at King’s College, London.
Zero: Number of times BC students won. What was the one question the team knew but didn’t get to answer? “What do you call a large collection of owls?” The answer: A parliament of owls.
2,668: Number of pro bono hours logged by the 86 students on Spring Break trips in the US and Haiti in 2014. Students work at many different nonprofits and government agencies.
Dispatches: Professor Renee Jones
Professor Renee Jones, whose work is part of a transnational conversation on corporate governance. The Story: Michelle Welsh, a corporate law professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, read Renee’s work and asked to meet her. Outcome: They collaborated on a project on a public enforcement model for corporate directors’ fiduciary duties, which became an article in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, a leading law review.
Dispatches: Professor Mark Brodin
Professor Mark Brodin, a specialist in evidence and litigation, recently taught at the Radzyner School of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. What: A course in comparative evidence to students in their final year of study and a faculty workshop based on his article, “The Fraudulent Case Against Affirmative Action—The Untold Story of Fisher v. University of Texas.” Significance: Brodin is building a global, comparative dimension to his teaching and scholarship that informs his BC Law students’ classroom experience.
20: Number of alumni living in South Korea. Another Asian country with a growing alumni presence is China, in part because BC Law is educating a steady stream of students from China who receive their LLMs here and return to their birth nation to practice.
200: Approximate number of alumni living and working overseas. A sampling of their firms and companies: Freshfields, State Street Corporation, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Court of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Nomura Singapore, United Nations, Renaissance Reinsurance, Ropes and Gray, Rolls-Royce, Bank of America, Lloyds TSB, Tyco International, Kyung Hee University.
Note: Data for this map was collected from a variety of sources, including alumni databases, student records, and faculty travel reports. Most figures provided are estimates. Because the nature of this information is dynamic, the infographic is only a representative snapshot of BC Law’s global footprint.
Map by Jude Buffum