Summer Abroad Bloggers

End of class, exploring Vienna, and a post-class Europe trip

By: Al Suarez (JD, ’15)

Day 22:

No class. Exploring Vienna. After our adventure to Budapest it was great to have a long weekend to hang out and to finally begin to really explore Vienna. Because we have been traveling every weekend and because our time in Vienna has been preoccupied with class and exploring touristy type of things, we have had very little time to really get the full Vienna experience. Today we decided to sleep in and relax and then continue our Viennese coffee house tour at Café Hawelka. My favorite so far. Very small and quaint. Delicious espresso. Best strudel I have had yet. After coffee we wandered a bit and did a bit of shopping and ended up hanging and reading down by the canal. I checked out some of the street art that covers almost everything in the “younger more artsy” area that we live in. It is fascinating– almost every square inch along the canal is covered in elaborate graffiti, yet in all my time in the first district, I have not seen any graffiti at all. Really cool idea in my opinion. By legalizing (or at least refusing to punish) street art in certain areas it allows for expression and a sense of rebellion that not only benefits the other parts of the city, but also creates a very interesting culture and identity. Then off to yoga and to bed early to continue recouping and preparing for our post class trip.

Below is a gallery of photos from our last week in Vienna: scroll through to view captions! Additionally, view more photo highlights from Vienna. Continue reading »

Lord Phillips in Vienna, Budapest, and a Viennese coffee shop tour

By: Al Suarez (JD, ’15)

Crazy to think it has already been three weeks into our European adventure and we only have one more week of class…This week was an especially adventure filled week.

Below is a gallery of photos from our third week in Vienna with Lord Phillips and our class trip to Budapest: scroll through to view captions! Additionally, view more photo highlights from Vienna.   Continue reading »

Vienna Week Two: MuseumQuartier, Vienna Bar, “Beach”, Zurich

By: Al Suarez, (JD, ’15) 

Welcome back for the second week of the official blog of Wake Forest Law Study Abroad Vienna 2013. Another really busy and amazing week…

Below is a gallery of photos from our second week in Vienna and my weekend trip to Zurich, Switzerland: scroll through to view captions! Additionally, view more photo highlights from ViennaContinue reading »

Welcome to the Vienna Blog of Summer 2013!

By: Al Suarez, (JD, ’15) 

Welcome to the official blog of Wake Forest Law Study Abroad Vienna 2013. In order to give you the true vibe of the experience in Wien I decided to write our blog in a bit more of the traditional journal/blog format. I will try not to overload you with pictures or useless details but if I do… It’s our blog so you will just have to deal with it. Enjoy.

Below is a gallery of photos from our days so far: scroll through to view captions! Additionally, view more photo highlights from Vienna.
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Lord Phillips, Windsor Castle, and last days in London

By: Ashley Waring (JD, ’15)

Big Ben

Ashley in front of Big Ben

My last week in London was bittersweet.  Although, I enjoyed myself in London and I will miss it, I missed home a little bit more.  During the last week, the class attended the annual Order of the Garter and visited Parliament.  At Parliament I finally got a closer look at Big Ben.  It was very impressive.

Eye Contact with the Queen

Eye Contact with the Queen

The class and I had the opportunity to meet with the former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Lord Nicholas Phillips of Worth Matravers.  He invited the class to his home and we had finger foods and drinks.  When he invited the class to his home we all wore business casual attire because we didn’t know what to expect.  When we arrived to his home, his wife wore a beautiful sundress and he wore a Hawaiian shirt with khakis and they offered us food, beer and wine. Continue reading »

U.K. Supreme Court and King’s College in London

By: Ashley Waring (JD, ’15) 

Students inside the U.K. Supreme Court

Students inside the U.K. Supreme Court

This is the second to last week in London and I am enjoying myself 100%.  The class visited the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and Professor Palmiter and I visited the law school of King’s College.

During our visit to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, we were given a tour of the Court, listened to oral arguments, and, after the oral arguments, we met with the Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore, one of the justices of the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court was established in October 2009 and assumed the functions of the House of Lords.  The Lords from the former House of Lords simply moved across the street into the Court’s new location.  Well, that’s how “the move” was described by Dr. Roderick Munday, a University of Cambridge professor the class met a few weeks ago.  Unlike the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom may not strike down legislation and must rule on cases that are consistent with the European Union (EU) laws and the rights in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

UK Supreme Court Symbol

UK Supreme Court Symbol

Trying to maintain consistency with the EU laws and the ECHR has proven to be difficult because sometimes the two are inconsistent with each other.  The case that was being argued before the Court concerned whether prisoners should be given the right to vote and if the disenfranchisement of prisoners is inconsistent with the laws of the EU and the rights under the ECHR.  Unfortunately, the EU laws and the rights under the ECHR display conflicting answers to these questions.  When we spoke with Lord Kerr, he said that unlike the U.K. Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of the United States is so simple because they only have to remain consistent with one document, the United States Constitution.  This case will be a landmark decision in the U.K. and, because of its difficultly, I must admit that I am not envious of Lord Kerr at all.  A decision is expected to be made within the next few months. Continue reading »

English Law Schools vs. American Law Schools

By: Ashley Waring (JD, ’15) 

Inside View of the Temple Church

Going to law school in England is 100% different than going to law school in the United States.  Unlike the U.S., English law school graduates are required to choose whether they want to become a solicitor – lawyer performs all of the typical American lawyer duties, but litigates in court– or a barrister – a lawyer who is solicited by the solicitor (see what they did there?) to litigate in court.  Those students who wish to be solicitors must take several full time courses that can last several years depending on the course.  Those who want to become barristers must apply to be a member of one of the four temples in England to become trained in litigation.

Rounded part of the Temple Church

Also, unlike the U.S., English students who desire to go to law school are not required to attend an undergraduate college before attending law school.  English students may attend law school once they graduate from high school.  In my opinion, England’s pathway to law school has both its advantages and disadvantages.  One advantage is that students save time because they do not have to spend four years in college. Not only do students save time, but they save money as well.  Instead of spending thousands of dollars to attend an undergraduate university for four or more years and to attend law school for another three years, English students only need to pay for law school.  Average tuition to attend law school in England is very inexpensive. It rounds out to be about ¼ of what the average law student pays annually! Continue reading »

First Impressions of London

By: Ashley Waring (JD, ’15) 

IMAG1079When I first arrived in London I did not know what to expect.  I have never been to London (let alone anywhere in Europe) before, so I was excited to explore and experience this new culture.  Friends and family informed me that London was a huge city and that I would have so much fun, so I was eager to see if they were right.  All in all, as I was heading to the Worrell house, I realized that London is similar to New York City.  It has its city center and the outskirts consisted of suburbs.  Each neighborhood had  grocery stores, restaurants and various sources of entertainment.  In a way, I felt comforted, like I was home and felt as if I would not be completely lost in this foreign city.

IMAG1096Immediately, I noticed that London has a “do it yourself” attitude, but not to the extent of New York City.  I hired a taxi driver and instead of the driver carrying my bags to the car and loading them, I did.  When my classmates and I went to the local pubs, unlike in America, we sat ourselves and we had to order and pay for our food and drinks at the bar.  We received our drinks from the bar, but the waiter brought the food out to our table.  I am not saying that there is no customer service or hospitality in London, but those were the two things that really stuck out to me.  Lastly, to my surprise, you do not tip the waiters, waitresses or bartenders here.  I learned this the hard way because when I left a tip on the table at the pub, the waitress thought I had accidentally dropped my money on the table. I informed her that that was her tip and she had the most confused look on her face.  I told her that we tip waitresses in America and she says that she, nor her coworkers, receives tips from customers because their hourly rate is not as low as American waitresses so they do not work for tips. I told her that I was sorry and she informed me that it was fine and that it was a good thing because we both learned something new that day. Continue reading »

Summer Abroad Bloggers: 2013

By: International Programs Office 

The London program has begun! The Venice and Vienna programs will begin in just a few short weeks. Last summer, we introduced a new part of our blog: Summer Abroad Bloggers. We hope you enjoyed their entries and photos from abroad as much as we did.

We are excited to announce three new Summer Abroad Bloggers who will be writing about their experiences from Europe.

    Writing from London…                Writing from Venice…                    Writing from Vienna…        

Ashley Waring, JD, '14

Ashley Waring, JD, ’14

Elizabeth Binion, JD, '15

Elizabeth Binion, JD, ’15

Al Suarez, JD, '15

Al Suarez, JD, ’15

Each student will be writing blog entries about once a week during their program (London will take place May-June, and both Venice and Vienna will take place in July). We hope you enjoy reading about their study abroad journeys and viewing pictures from across the pond!

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Final Excursions

By: Brett Becker (JD, ’14)

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 »