Summer Institute for Global Justice
Summer Institute for Global Justice
Summer Institute for Global Justice

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What are the benefits of participating in a summer abroad program?

    Summer study abroad enables you to supplement your legal education with specialty courses and academic experiences that are not offered at the Law School. The extra credits you earn can enable you to take a lighter course load during the school year. The program can facilitate professional networking by exposing you to foreign professors and leading experts in the field. It is often easier to get to know professors better in the context of a summer abroad program, which can be helpful when it comes time to request reference letters. Many students take advantage of low fares within Europe to travel to some of the world's most beautiful cities just prior to or after the program.

  2. There are so many Law School summer abroad programs. Why should I pick the Washington University-Case School of Law "Summer Institute for Global Justice" in The Netherlands?

    In selecting a summer abroad program, students should focus on the location, the course content, and the quality of the professors. The Summer Institute for Global Justice is unique because of its close proximity to The Hague, which is the headquarters of many of the world's most important international institutions. The Summer Institute features fieldtrips to several of these institutions, as well as guest lectures by some of their top officials. It also includes a tour of the NATO and European Union headquarters in nearby Brussels and presentations by officials there. The Summer Institute faculty members were specifically selected both because they are recognized leaders in their field and because they have reputations for being great classroom teachers. This year's "Distinguished Visiting Jurist" is David Crane, the former Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Faculty from Case who are teaching in the program this year include Professor Michael Benza and Professor Dale Nance.

  3. Can I enroll in the Case Judicial Externship Program and participate in the Summer Institute in the same summer?

    In past summers, students have been able to do both the Judicial Externship and the Summer Institute in the same summer by working for a few weeks for the judge before going to Utrecht in June and then working for the judge upon return from Utrecht in July.

  4. In addition to the tuition and lodging costs to be paid to the Summer Institute, what additional expenses am I likely to incur?

    The $3,600 tuition fee (for six academic credits) also covers the cost of course materials (you do not have to purchase any books) and the official fieldtrips to The Hague and Brussels and several organized social events. The 2,954.70 Euro (about $4,200) lodging fee includes full buffet breakfasts every morning and use of the hotel's wireless internet. Costs not covered include: travel; lunches and dinners; and entertainment (about $2,000). The estimated total cost associated with participating in the six week program is $9,800. It is important to note that financial aid is available for summer study abroad just like for the regular school year. Check with the law school's Financial Aid Office for details.

  5. How will my roommate be picked? Can I stay in a single room if I don't want to share a double and am willing to pay extra? Can I stay at a different hotel if I want to?

    For 2,954.70 Euro (approximately $4,200) students will be housed for the six weeks in shared double rooms at the Apollo hotel in Utrecht, about a ten-minute walk from the University classroom building. In March, we'll send you a list of the students who have registered for the program and ask you to identify a preferred roommate. Single rooms are available for $6,151.95 Euro - approximately $8600. All students must stay at the Apollo hotel.

  6. Will the grades I earn at the Summer Institute be factored into my law school grade point average and class ranking?

    For students from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Washington University School of Law, the answer to that question is "Yes." In addition, Case School of Law students can use the credits from the Summer Institute toward the international law certificate of concentration.

  7. What are last year's students saying about their experience in the Summer Abroad Program?

    In August we received the following letter from one of the participants, which we think says it all...

    Dear Summer Institute Organizers,

    I just wanted to say thank you for all the work you put into the Summer Institute for Global Justice Program! I had such an amazing time in the program! I can't even begin to describe it except to say that it was the best decision I have made in my law school career! It really opened up my eyes to a whole new field of law that I knew little to nothing about prior to joining this program, and it has really re-shaped my interests in the legal field. The professors were exceptional, and the courses were so intriguing! I cannot say I have enjoyed any other class in law school anywhere near as much as I enjoyed these summer courses. I loved that the professors were so open and engaging with the students and so willing to interact with us outside of the class setting. Also, the field trips to the ICC and the ICJ were so interesting! I loved that I had the opportunity to sit 15 feet away from the ex-president of Liberia as he was prosecuted for heinous war crimes. It was truly an experience of a lifetime!

    Of course, I also had the best experience of my life as I got to travel to 7 different countries in the past 2 months, both during and after the program. This was my first time ever in Europe, and it was so eye-opening to get to visit so many countries, hear so many different languages, and experience so many different cultures! During the first three-day weekend, I went to Paris. The second three-day weekend, I went to Brussels and Prague, and during the ten days after the program ended, I traveled to Germany (briefly), Greece (including Athens and a beautiful island off the coast of Athens), and Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan). Including the U.S. and Holland, I was able to travel to 7 countries in the past two months! It was, hands down, the best summer of my life! I have been posting a ton of pictures and blogging about it on Facebook, and I have been getting so much positive feedback (including other students who had thought about participating in the program regretting their choice not to). I want to thank you so much for making this opportunity possible for me! I enjoyed every second of it, and I was so sad it had to come to an end.

Additional Links
  • 2011 Photo Gallery
  • Where Are They Now?
  • Student Guide to Utrecht
  • Student Comments
    Important Dates for the Summer Institute
    April 1, 2013
    Application deadline
    Within 2 weeks of notification of acceptance, tuition deposit due
    June 1, 2013
    Balance of tuition due
    June 1, 2013
    Hotel check-in; hotel fee due
    June 2, 2013
    Orientation and welcoming session
    June 3-June 21, 2013
    First session classes
    June 24-July 12, 2013
    Second session classes
    July 13, 2013
    Hotel check-out and departure