Transactions in Emerging Markets 

Comparative Legal Systems: European Union

The Dean’s Travel Study Program takes place during the January intersession. The curriculum combines travel abroad, academic lectures, meetings with local lawyers, audiences with business leaders, and tours of historical sites, all to give participants a broader and a deeper understanding of the host countries prevailing legal cultures. The leaders of the Dean’s Travel Study Program ensure that multiple viewpoints are heard on issues ranging from human rights, to trade, to immigration, to politics.

This year Dean’s Travel Study will visit Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, and The Hague. The graded, one-credit course provides students with a basic understanding of the EU legal system, litigation practices, and international arbitration and dispute resolution. Students will participate in a series of lectures discussing EU perspectives on different areas of law.  The travel component of the course will take place January 2, 2019—January 12, 2019.  By the conclusion of the course, students will have gained an understanding of key areas of EU law, as well as an understanding of the relevant history, judicial system and culture, and ongoing international refugee crisis. Grades for the course will be based on participation and short reflection papers.

Eligible Students

Currently enrolled and matriculated St. John's University School of Law 2L, 3L, and 4L J.D. students who are in good academic standing may apply for the Dean's Travel Study Program. Students must have a valid passport.

Selection Process

A committee will make recommendations for participation in the program to the Dean shortly after the application deadline.  Offers, including a wait-list, will be communicated by the end of October, and students must promptly inform the program director if they will participate.  The program cost of $1,900 is due at the time that Spring semester tuition is due.  Students can apply financial aid to the program cost.

Application Deadline October 15, 2018

Please complete the online or paper application and turn it in to Sheila Aronson in the Graduate Studies Office, located on the 3rd floor in Suite 3-01.

Spring 2019

This class will examine the various issues faced by attorneys when representing clients in business transactions in emerging markets or developing countries. Besides classroom work, students will meet business and legal leaders in New York involved in emerging markets transactions and will travel to Uruguay during Spring Break for meetings and visits in that country. As part of the course, students will be expected to master doctrinal issues such as the regulation of mergers and acquisitions, the protection of foreign investments, and different aspects of cross-border contracting. There is particular emphasis on cross-cultural negotiation and dispute resolution. Students will also consider a variety of topics that affect the work of lawyers, including how cross-border deals are structured in order to achieve business goals and how workflow is managed in a complex business transaction. Grades will be based on a research paper, a reflection paper based on the travel component, and on participation both in class and in the various visits.

The travel component supports the regular coursework and informs student research projects. The travel component is meant to bring students in contact with the broad range of actors that they have read about: local businesspeople, foreign investors, regulators, diplomats, judges, and, of course, lawyers. The goal in each case is to foster a conversation among the students, professors and experts whom we will meet. In doing this, the students are able to explore the themes of the class in these discussions and form a clearer picture of the practice of business and law in such circumstances. The students will also (a) learn in depth about another country and, in particular its economy and legal culture and (b) will gain a perspective of the types of questions they should be asking (and answering) in their own research projects about the countries they are studying.

Eligible Students

Currently enrolled and matriculated St. John's University School of Law 2L, 3L, and 4L J.D. students who are in good academic standing may apply. Students must have a valid passport.

Selection Process

A committee will assess applications and communicate decisions by mid-November. Students must promptly inform the program director if they will participate. The program cost of $2,000 is due at the time that Spring semester tuition is due. Financial aid may to the program cost.

Application Deadline November 1, 2018

Please complete the online or paper application and turn it in to Sheila Aronson in the Graduate Studies Office, located on the 3rd floor in Suite 3-01.