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 29 – June 23, 2023
Study Law in Rome – Summer 2023 Information Sessions
Join us for either of our information sessions hosted by the Rome Summer 2023 faculty, Professors Bonny Tavares and Salil Mehra, on September 29, from 12-1pm, or October 18, from 5-6pm. Both sessions will be in room 1C.
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.
This course will engage in a comparative study of current issues, practices, and debates in transnational and comparative employment law. The course will begin with a brief description of U.S. employment law, then students will compare and contrast the employment laws of various other nations. Topics will include hiring, termination, trade secrets, non-competition, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment, employee privacy, whistleblowing, hours and compensation, and employee benefits.
Course Description: Italy is one of the six original founding member states of the organization that has become the European Union, making it an excellent place to study European law. This course surveys the institutions of the European Union, the EU mechanisms for establishing law and adjudicating disputes, and the main bodies of EU law and leading cases. The focus of this course will be on issues of jurisdiction, harmonization, and enforcement of the laws of the various European member states.The focus of this course will be on the system of law at the European Union level, especially the implementation and development of the EU’s legal foundations via the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the Treaty on European Union. A significant focus will be on laws that foster the creation of a common market across the European Union, as well as newer developments such as the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act.
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
Bonny L. Tavares
Associate Professor of Law
Salil K. Mehra
Charles Klein Professor of Law and Government
Director of the LL.M. in Asian Law
Director, Student Activities, Orientation & Social Media, Temple University, Rome Campus
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