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Yen Phan

Yen Phan
Year/Track: 2012

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Yellow Ribbon Program

Veterans: Is Law School Next?

Pacific McGeorge offers Yellow Ribbon tuition benefits to U.S. Veterans.

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Field Placement/Externship in Kampala

A Word from Colleen Truden, Director of Field Placement

The Field Placement program provides an additional wonderful opportunity for students to benefit from our relationship with ILI-ACLE. You will spend seven weeks working in a court, government agency, non-governmental organization (NGO), or law firm. Last summer, students externed in the High Court and in NGOs, such as the Foundation for Human Rights Initiatives and the Uganda Land Alliance. Come talk with either Professor Carter or me about this exciting opportunity.

June 23 to Aug. 28, 2014 — four (4) units

As a field placement opportunity, students may enroll in a seven-week externship for four (4) units of credit in Kampala, Uganda. Students will be individually placed in courts, government agencies, non-government organizations, or law firms, all with a legal focus. The externships will be arranged by the International Law Institute-African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE), which is based in Kampala. The seven-week format will accommodate students who want to participate in the three-week Law and Development Practicum in Kampala and then do the externship.

Students will have the benefit of a relationship with ILI-ACLE staff, who will monitor the externships. The ILI-ACLE staff will serve as a resource for the students who have questions about logistics in Kampala, about the legal research, or other matters. The ILI-ACLE staff will function as the on-site administrators for the externships.

Consistent with other McGeorge externships, students will be required to submit journal entries throughout the externship. These entries will be read by McGeorge faculty, who will respond to them. In addition, all students engaged in international externships will be required to participate in a one-day seminar on their return that focuses on intercultural legal competence experiences. If students are unable to participate in person in the seminar, arrangements will be made for participation through video conferencing, if available, or through a written paper at the discretion of the seminar's professor.

Students from ABA-accredited law schools, who have completed at least their first year of studies and are in good standing with their home institution, may apply to the program. Students from non-U.S. law schools, who have a comparable legal studies background to the first year of a J.D. program and are in good standing with their home institution, are also eligible to apply. Limited spaces are available and there will be a selection committee that will review applications.


Contact Ly Lee, Summer Abroad Programs Coordinator
Pacific McGeorge School of Law
3200 Fifth Ave.
Sacramento, CA  95817
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