We are excited to share our brand new videos showcasing our study abroad programs in Venice and Vienna. Each video features a student who studied abroad this past July (summer 2012). One of the most unique parts about our law summer abroad programs is that our classes, led by WFU Law Faculty, are open to non-WFU students. In Venice and Vienna, American JD students are in classes with local European students. In Venice, law students from University of Padua may join the courses. In Vienna, law students from University of Vienna may join. Each class also features guest lecturers from these universities and field trips to local places of interest such as government buildings, court houses, and museums.
Having students from Wake law school, other American law schools, as well as local European universities enriches and diversifies our summer abroad programs to give all those involved the ultimate international experience.
This past summer, the Honorable Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited both our Venice and Vienna programs. She gave public lectures, spent time with our students, and guest lectured in class. Students and professors alike noted what a memorable experience it was to meet and spend time with Justice Ginsburg. Check out our Facebook for pictures, as well as blog posts from Brett Becker (JD, ’14) and Alex Braverman (JD/MBA, ’15) to read more about her visit.
Stay tuned for another video which will be about all three (London, Venice, Vienna) of our summer abroad programs and why you should apply!
Cup of Weiner Melange from the famous Landtmann Cafe
Everyone’s initial reaction as we began class on Monday was the same. How did the last week of the program come so quick? Time always flies when you are having fun, but this was three weeks that had flown by. After classes during the course of the final week, everyone was ensuring they visited those last museums or monuments on their list. As we went out together for meals, everyone made sure to take in every moment of the last Weiner Melange (coffee) or Schnitzel each would enjoy in Vienna. Four weeks had certainly been enough to enjoy Vienna, but another week would not have been a bad thing.
On Tuesday, we enjoyed our last excursion, which was an experience hard to forget. We visited the Mauthausen concentration camp, which housed working prisoners during the Nazi regime and WWII era. Everyone learns about the atrocities in school, but something that can’t be taught is found when actually at one of these camps. It would be an anomaly to come to a camp where such a part of history occurred and not receive the feeling that reached down deep in all our hearts and consciences that day. Surely it was different for each of us there, but some emotional revelation in each person was clearly evident. Continue reading »
As we sailed away from Casa Artom on the morning of July 27th, we sat silently in the water taxi, gazing for the last time upon sparkling blue canals, historic churches, and colorful buildings winding around scattered bridges. Amidst the sea spray splashing up slightly over the edges of the boat, we reminisced about all the things we would miss.
We will miss waking up in the morning to stone floors ending in our own little picturesque portion of the Grand Canal. Casa Artom made us all feel like we were home in a country half the world away from where home really was. There was something special about having an address that made us forget we were ever tourists. Holding a house key even gave us the confidence to brush off over-bearing gondoliers as if we were truly locals. Continue reading »
Grapes were cleaned, wine was poured, crackers and cheese were assembled and the place looked elegant at Wake Forest University’s Flow House in the First District of Vienna. We had prepared a delightful feast for our guests soon to arrive. First came the Dean of the Law School Blake Morant and his wife, and then came Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The welcome reception proved successful as the Supreme Court Justice took little time to acquaint herself with her students for the week. The bulk of the evening consisted of eager minds gathered around their famed guest taking in stories and asking pressing questions. Justice Ginsburg not only welcomed questions, but also responded with showmanship and clarity. She provided stories and insight that captivated both American and Austrian students the entire evening.
Professor Schneider and Professor Marsh introduce Justice Ginsburg at the Flow House
For two days of class, Justice Ginsburg reverted to her earlier profession of law professor and took to molding the clay of young legal minds. She gave insight into Supreme Court procedures, oral arguments, and the recent high profile decisions of the last term. The details left out of newspapers and the evening news over the last few months were provided by our first-hand source. It was clear to everyone in the room that Justice Ginsburg loved being back in a classroom and enjoyed engaging with law students. Continue reading »
On July 20th, the American members of Professor Joel Newman’s “Funding Government Around the World” class were required to meet in Amsterdam at IBFD, an organization specializing in international tax expertise and independent research, as well as at the office of Loyens and Loeff. On the following Monday, the same students were joined by their Italian brethren in Milan to visit the firm Maisto e Associati. If there were any students who had by this point failed to be engulfed by the burning desire to explore the depths of VAT and imputed income, their folly was exposed and corrected by these weekend trips.
Amsterdam is a city known, almost exclusively, for their beautiful canals, delicious pancakes, and high taxes. Several students expressed elation at being able to wear pants after escaping the heat of Venice, but the good times did not stop there. From the moment we arrived, the beauty and unique nature of the city were evident. Exiting the terminal at Schiphol, one is greeted by a sea of tulips colored a vivid orange. The city center serves to highlight the idiosyncrasies of the famed city as every street is intercut with a canal flowing with serene blue water. While there are a plethora of museums to visit in Amsterdam, one cannot help but feel that simply walking around the lively city center imbues one with an experience that would be difficult to equal. Continue reading »