To support two pillars of St. John’s University's strategic plan – Globalization and Student Engagement – in the fall of 2011, the Law School faculty approved the first International Practicum for St. John’s law students. With a curriculum designed to allow students to complete 13 hours of academic credit while working overseas full-time for a semester, International Practica open unique opportunities for in-depth experiential learning across the spectrum of international and transnational legal practice.
The inaugural offering, the NATO Practicum, is hosted by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Allied Command Transformation (NATO ACT) in Mons, Belgium. Now in its fifth semester, the NATO Practicum allows students to work full time within the Office of Legal Education, the division of ACT responsible for legal support, continuing legal education, and legal interoperability for over 60 NATO legal offices around the world.
Beginning in the fall of 2014, St. John's students are able to work at UN agencies and international tribunals in Vienna, Geneva, and The Hague as part of the International Law Practicum. This semester length, full time, in-residence practicum exposes students to the daily practice of public international law, including international agreements; international, regional, and national law; the function of international organization staff legal counsel; legal support to UN member governments and other UN agencies; comparative law challenges; legal education programs; international administrative and criminal tribunals; and organizational policies, standards, and procedures.
For more information on the NATO Practicum and the International Law Practicum available at St. John's School of Law, please contact Jeffrey Walker, Assistant Dean for Transnational Programs, or Joshua Alter, Program Director, Transnational Programs.
Students interested in a semester length study abroad program are encouraged to participate in the Glasgow Academic Exchange.