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UST: UST and Villanova Law in Rome
Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Cost Summer
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Class Standing:
5 - Graduate Subject Areas: Legal Studies
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat
Program Description:

Buongiorno, tutti!

Villanova University School of Law and the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minneapolis) proudly announce their annual Summer Law Study Abroad Program in Rome, Italy.

This program is open to graduate law students only.

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In the Rome Program, you can earn six (6) semester hours of credit while enjoying the incredible historical, cultural, religious and culinary experiences that Rome offers. Classes will be held on the campus of John Cabot University, located in the charming and lively Trastevere neighborhood. All classrooms are air-conditioned, are equipped with wireless Internet access, and are located in a lovely area near the Tiber River. Faculty and the Program Director’s offices will be in the same building, making access convenient. You will have access to computer labs and other University facilities.

The Program has been approved by the American Bar Association, and was reaccredited in 2012. Students in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school or foreign equivalent who have completed one full year of full-or part-time study may be admitted into the Program, as space permits.

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Courses Offered

Professional Responsibility in the United States and Abroad, Prof. Neil Hamilton and Prof. Greg Sisk, Univ. of St. Thomas
The bulk of this course will follow the basic professional responsibility/legal profession curriculum required by ABA-approved law schools.  Students will also be exposed to perspectives arising from other nations’ efforts to regulate the legal profession.  Because this course is intended to satisfy the ABA’s professional responsibility requirement and prepare students to pass the MPRE, the breakdown between time spent on the American legal profession versus international perspectives will be roughly 80% to 20%.  Some topics that are normally taught in a professional responsibility course, such as legal malpractice and admission to the bar, will be eliminated to allow for discussion of international and comparative aspects of the course subject.  Some of the topics that we will cover include the role in professional life of an attorney’s personal conscience, “role morality,” peer review and regulation, conflicts among ethics of duty, the ethics of  aspiration and conscience; and development of a variety of lawyering skills, including ethical sensitivity, moral reasoning, problem-solving, and communication.

Successful completion of this course will satisfy the University of St. Thomas Professional Responsibility course requirement and the Villanova Legal Profession course requirement.  Students from law schools other than University of St. Thomas and Villanova must check with their Registrar or other appropriate office to determine whether this course will satisfy their school’s ethics/professional responsibility requirement.  

In addition, because of the substantial overlap of subject matter in this course and in both St. Thomas’s and Villanova’s Professional Responsibility/Legal Profession courses, students who enroll in Professional Responsibility in the United States and Abroad may not enroll in the standard Professional Responsibility/Legal Profession course at St. Thomas or Villanova.  Similarly, students who have already taken this required course at St. Thomas or Villanova during the regular academic year will not be permitted to take this course in Rome.
International Art & Cultural Heritage Law, Prof. Diane Edelman, Villanova
In October 2013, more than a thousand works of art confiscated by the Nazis were discovered in a Munich apartment, followed soon by the discovery of 250 artworks in the Austrian second home of the art collector. At around the same time, Cornell University announced that it would return 10,000 ancient tablets to the government of Iraq. In December 2014, a federal district court in New York ordered the forfeiture of portions of a 65 to 70 million year old dinosaur that had been shipped to the United States, falsely described as a French replica, when it actually originated in Mongolia. Elsewhere, Egyptian museums are using satellite technology to identify locations where looting of precious artifacts occurs in an effort to protect those artifacts.
Although not necessarily a commonly known fact, issues involving cultural heritage and the law crop up virtually on a daily basis. From the removal of the Elgin (or Parthenon) Marbles from Greece, to the looting of art by the Nazis, the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, civilizations have often considered objects of art and cultural property to be their rightful spoils of war or conquest—to take, sell, or destroy as they will.  Sometimes these acts are committed by governments, sometimes by private actors.  The players are many and the legal problems read like a thriller – governments, museums, private collectors, galleries, and underwater treasure seekers are all involved in legal disputes involving cultural heritage. Legal issues relating to art are also complex and varied, touching the areas of theft, forgery, transfers of artwork, and the like.  Students in this course will look at how art is defined and treated under the law, and will examine major international legal instruments, legislation, court decisions, and policies relating to the protection of artists' rights and cultural property. Class will include a visit to the Carabinieri Art Crimes headquarters. 

Comparative Labor and Employment Law, Prof. David Caudill and Prof. Ann Juliano, Villanova
This course will examine the history and current status of the labor union movement in the United States and in several representative countries.  Topics will include federal labor legislation and NLRB jurisdiction in the U.S., including unfair labor practices, collective bargaining, strikes, grievance procedures, labor arbitration, and the intersection of labor and antitrust law, as well as the laws and procedures in place in Australia, Japan, The Netherlands, Germany, and France.  Particular attention will be paid to the decline of unions in the U.S. and in Europe, as well as the negative effects of outsourcing on wages, benefits, worker safety and current efforts to ameliorate income inequality.  The first part of the course will conclude with a mission-oriented discussion of Catholic Social Teaching on labor.

The second part of the course will examine the protections afforded workers in a variety of countries.  We will begin with the basics of the U.S. system including the at-will system, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, wrongful discharge, anti-discrimination statutes.  The recent reaction to the civil service system (i.e., in Wisconsin) will also be discussed.  Then we will turn to the same issues in a number of representative countries—Canada, Mexico, U.K., France, China, Japan, India and of course, Italy.   Finally, we will discuss international labor standards adopted by the International Labor Organization (a U.N. organization) and trade agreements such the North American Free Trade Agreement and the European Union.

This program is currently not accepting applications.