Fordham Law

Professor Beth Schwartz Selected as Fulbright Specialist

October 30, 2009

Clinical Associate Professor Beth Schwartz recently traveled to Mongolia for a clinical advisory project sponsored by the Fulbright Specialists Program. She spent three weeks at the National University of Mongolia (NUM) School of Law in Ulaanbaatar counseling the faculty on experiential legal education.

“With relatively limited resources NUM School of Law has built a strong, well-respected program of experiential education,” said Professor Schwartz. “The faculty and staff are dedicated, hard-working, and enthusiastic, and they have established extremely strong relationships with their students.”

As part of the project, Professor Schwartz analyzed the school’s current clinical training program and recommended improvements in running and maintaining a good clinic center. She introduced recent developments and new trends in clinical training areas. She also was able to observe the court system and meet with lawyers, judges and other legal professionals.

Schwartz has taught in Fordham Law's Clinical Program since 1987.  Together with Professor James Cohen, she helped to create the Law School’s first in-house clinic: the Litigation Skills Clinic.  Most recently, she became the first Director of Professional Skills. In that capacity, Professor Schwartz coordinates the Law School's Externship Program as well as the Fundamental Lawyering Skills Program.

The Fulbright Specialists Program promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at foreign universities. The program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative projects at higher education institutions in over 100 countries worldwide. International travel costs and an honorarium are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The host institution covers costs related to housing, meals, and in-country transportation.

Contact: Stephen Eichinger