Fordham Law

Fordham Law Launches New Summer Law Program in Ghana, West Africa

November 18, 2008

Fordham Law School has launched a new summer program, the first of its kind in West Africa. The 2009 Fordham - Ghana Summer Law Program will be held in Accra, Ghana, June 6 through July 3, 2009. 

Building on its long and successful history of partnership with Ghanaian legal institutions, Fordham's summer program in Ghana will offer students the opportunity to study international and comparative law, while witnessing the path of democracy and development first hand in this regional center of international business and enterprise.

The program is accredited by the American Bar Association and allows students to earn up to four credits over three and a half weeks of classroom instruction. Participants also have the option of applying for four- to six-week legal internships in Ghana, following the conclusion of the academic session.

The program is directed by Professor Paolo Galizzi, with the assistance of Program Coordinator Alena Herklotz. Faculty will include Judge Theodore A. McKee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Fordham Law Professors Victor Essien and Gemma Solimene. Program participants will be able to enroll in any one or two of the following two-credit courses: Comparative Aspects of Constitutional Law, International Human Rights, Multinational Corporations, and International Refugee and Comparative Immigration Law and Procedure. 

Designed for American law students, the program is also open to students and professionals from around the world, affording participants the unique opportunity to live and study with Ghanaian and other international students and practitioners in a new environment. The program also features field trips to Ghanaian law institutions, both formal and informal social events, and optional visits to historic and cultural attractions to enable students to experience Ghanaian society and cultural life.

An information session for those interested in finding out more about the program will be held at 12:30pm on Thursday, November 20, 2008, in Room 312 of the main law school building. Pizza will be served.

Additional information can also be found on the program's website.


Contact: Alena Herklotz, Program Coordinator