Program Overview and Dates
Study law in Rome for four weeks for an unforgettable, international experience to enhance your legal education and career opportunities.
- Join a program that has succeeded for over 45 years and educated over 1,000 attorneys
- Earn up to 5 ABA-approved credits with classes taught in English by American and European law professors
- Pursue internships abroad or at home enabled by the early program end date
- Build your global network with lawyers and law students from U.S. and international law schools
PROGRAM DATES: May 22 – June 16, 2023
Temple University, Rome Campus
Temple University’s Rome campus is located on the Tiber River near the Piazza del Popolo in Rome’s historic center. Established in 1966, Temple Rome is an ideal location for study abroad. The breathtaking Spanish Steps, Borghese Gardens, and Supreme Court of Cassation are within walking distance from campus, and there are plentiful conveniences such as stores and living accommodations nearby. Meanwhile, the campus itself serves the daily needs of students with renovated classrooms, student lounges, library, computer lab, and university staff for guidance. Students stay in local rental apartments, hotels, or hostels, often sharing rooms with their classmates. Rome is one of the world’s most historic cities. Students are immersed in culture, art, architecture, and food. During the summer, students routinely travel to other Italian cities, such as Venice, Florence, and Pompeii, as well as to other countries in the region.
Why Study Abroad in Law School?
The U.S. and EU form the world’s largest combined GDP, offering many legal job opportunities for legal practitioners who have international law and study abroad experience. The Philadelphia and other regional legal markets are no exception, where employers value and expect international legal expertise. Studying in the Rome summer program will not only strengthen your international law competence, but also increase your networking and job opportunities.
The Rome summer program does not conflict with securing a summer job or internship in the United States. Students can return as soon as mid-June, and employers often accept late start dates to accommodate Rome summer students. Students consistently remark that having two summer experiences on their resume, the Rome summer program plus a subsequent internship, has been a great boost to their job searches.
Temple Law’s Office of Graduate & International Programs coordinates with faculty and the Office of Career Services to identify Philadelphia-area judges, professors, and other summer employers who provide job opportunities with a June start date to Rome summer students. Moreover, Temple collaborates with partner law firms in Rome and in other countries to offer international internships. Internships provide valuable international legal experience, and foreign language skills are not required for these positions.
As the world grows ever more interconnected, U.S. lawyers are often encountering legal problems that have an international or cross-border dimension. This course is designed to introduce students to the skills needed to research and analyze common examples of these problems. The course is a skills course, not an exam course. The course will introduce the fundamentals of international and foreign law research in the context of a series of problems often faced by U.S. lawyers with primarily domestic practices. Students will receive feedback on their research and written work product and will have the opportunity to revise some of their work after the feedback. Final grades will be based on the portfolio of written work produced by each student. Topics are likely to include family law, enforcement of judgments, discovery, and other matters common to civil litigation.
International Sports Law will examine sports law in an international and comparative context. Among the topics to be studied are the nature of global sports; professionalism versus amateurism; the business structure of team and individual sports; their regulatory oversight; labor relations and collective bargaining; cheating, including doping, the use of performance enhancing drugs, and match-fixing; international merchandising; and entities for dispute resolution. While we will explore several sports and legal environments, our primary vehicles for study will be the Olympics, FIFA, the Court of Arbitration for Sport and European and Asian professional basketball and baseball leagues.
Global Legal Perspectives is a 1-credit course that is exclusive to the Rome summer program. This course engages students both inside and outside the classroom to provide a comparative outlook on the similarities and differences between the Italian and American law traditions. The course syllabus accentuates the unconventional comparative analysis aspect of this course, offering in-class lectures that feature guest lecturers and experts in niche legal fields, and incorporating external learning opportunities through experiential class field trips. The course exposes law students to the Italian legal profession and to enables students to gain an appreciation for the Civil Law system and the legal traditions specific to Italy and the European Union. Throughout the program, students are given the invaluable opportunity to become immersed in the Italian culture while participating in professional networking engagements.
Past faculty for this course have included:
Paolo Butturini, Assistant Professor of Business Law, University of Verona
Francesco Portolano, Founder, Portolano Cavallo
Diego Corapi, Professor Emeritus in Comparative Private Law, Sapienza University of Rome
Marco Cosentino, LL.M./Avv. at LexLon
Leonardo D’Urso, CEO & Co-founder of ADR Center Global
Alessandra Gianelli, Professor, Sapienza University of Rome Law School
Anne Neylon, Lecturer in Law, Liverpool Law School
2022 Global Legal Perspectives students, faculty, and guest speakers:
Program Faculty & Staff
Director, Student Activities, Orientation & Social Media, Temple University, Rome Campus
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