Refugee Law & Comparative Aspects of Social Justice
Classes: May 28 – June 12, 2015 (3 units)
Internships: June 16 ~ July 31, 2015 (4-5 units)
Application Information – Applications are now closed for 2015
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Mix & Match: Attend classes, and then opt for an internship in Sydney, Melbourne, or Fiji
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Classes: Refugee Law & Comparative Aspects of Social Justice (3 units)
Site visits include:
*Observation of refugee hearings in Australian courts
*Australian Human Rights Commission
*Aboriginal Legal Services Office
*Federal Court of Australia
*The criminal courts of New South Wales
*Legal Aid of New South Wales
*Department of Public Prosecutions
The course focuses on two aspects of global human rights. First, we explore the relief provided under international, U.S., and Australian law for persons fleeing harm, including refugees and victims of human trafficking, crime, civil unrest, and natural disasters. We take a practical approach through work on simulated cases that complement our discussion of materials. In addition, we visit institutions in Australia providing services and representation to refugees and trafficking victims. Second, we explore other areas of social justice in Australia, including criminal justice and protection of human rights, through visiting institutions such as the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Aboriginal Legal Services Office, and looking comparatively at the United States’ measures to address similar issues. Evaluation is based on class participation and on a final written exam. Application deadline for classes only is March 23, 2015.
Internships: Sydney, Melbourne or Fiji (4-5 units)
Sydney Internships: We are fortunate to have a number of excellent internship placements in Sydney. Some placements are with non-governmental organizations representing refugees and victims of human trafficking. These provide an ideal opportunity for students to put into practical effect what they have learned during the International Refugee and Protection Law course. For students who would rather work in Australian civil or criminal law, we also have a number of placements available in those areas, giving students the opportunity to observe first-hand and assist in the practice of law in Australia.
Fiji Internships: Students may undertake an internship in Fiji after taking classes in Sydney, or may undertake a standalone internship. The placement is with the largest law firm in Fiji and students will undertake work in the field of international business law.
Students gain practical experience by doing legal work under the supervision of a legal professional in the host country, while receiving invaluable integration into the legal culture of the country and make invaluable professional contacts. The expectation of an intern is full-time work from the period of the internship (e.g., 40 hours or more a week of supervised legal work). Santa Clara Law requires a minimum of 50 hours of supervised legal work for each internship unit of credit. The application deadline for classes with internships is extended to March 23, 2015.
Fees & Financial Aid
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for the class and an additional deposit of $700 for an internship (if applicable) is required to secure your spot and it is applied to the tuition charge
Tuition: The tuition charge is $1000/unit for J.D. students. LL.M. students should contact us for tuition information.
Financial Aid: US law students are typically eligible for financial aid to cover tuition, airfare, housing, food, local travel costs and school supplies (click here for more information)
Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements during the classes and internship period. We provide the following helpful information on finding housing, and please contact the program director with any questions. We will also start a Facebook page, on which students can communicate about possibly sharing housing.
Places our students have stayed:
Wake Up! (a youth hostel, easy walk from UTS (where classes are held); some students have stayed here every year).
Breakfree on George (also a youth hostel, 10 minutes walking distance from UTS)
Ibis World Square
Meriton World Tower World Square and Meriton Kent Street (expensive for one, not so expensive for several persons sharing the apartment)
A number of our students rent furnished apartments. Websites for finding furnished apartments: UTS, where we hold classes, is in the Haymarket section of Sydney (close to Darling Harbour). Sydney has excellent local transportation via bus, tram, and train, but the following sections of Sydney are generally within walking distance of UTS: downtown Sydney, Haymarket, Pyrmont, Surry Hills, and some parts of Glebe.
Furnished Apartments (recommended by 2013 students)
Accommodation Sydney City Centre
Oaks Hotels & Resorts (see Oaks Harmony location)
Exploring The Area
The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) is similar to MIT in the United States, but also has a law school, with law faculty who are leaders in law and technology issues. The University is located in central Sydney, between Darling Harbor and the Central Station. The law school buildings are new and modern with excellent classrooms. Sydney has numerous means of public transportation, including buses, ferries, water taxis, trains, light rail and monorail. There are also a number of passes which are available to visitors who will be using public transportation frequently that are cheaper than buying individual tickets. Sydney Transport Maps are available at any bus, ferry or rail office. Previous students took trips to the Blue Mountains, the Great Barrier Reef, Bondi Beach (great surfing!), and the Sydney Zoo, and took ferries along the expansive Sydney Harbor. An evening at the Sydney Opera House was also a great event!
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Summer 2014 Student Evaluation: Overall Experience 5.0 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)
“It’s not an exaggeration that I had the best experience of my life during my participation in the SCU Sydney program. I made life-long friendships with individuals from around the globe, networked with high-ranking officials in the British embassy, and enjoyed the overall beauty of Australia. Most importantly, my legal research had significant impact in the lives of refugees. I look back on this experience as a defining moment of my legal career.” Andre Thom, University of North Dakota School of Law (2014)
“The Sydney Summer Abroad Program combined everything I wanted in a summer abroad experience; I was able take a course, had an internship, and was also able to travel and experience Australia. The internship was the most rewarding part of the summer because I was able to personally interact with people seeking asylum and participated in an advice only legal clinic. I now feel more knowledgeable about asylum law and am more confident in my abilities to work in a legal environment.” Kaitlin Locascio, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (2014)
“Going to Sydney with Professor Abriel and learning about Refugee Law was one of the best life decisions I have ever made. Not only was the class interesting, but the people Professor Abriel introduced us to were incredible. Being able to apply what we learned in class to real cases as a legal intern for an organization that provides legal advice to asylum seekers was a one of a kind experience.” Andrew Kim, Santa Clara Law (2014)
“What an amazing program. The cases we studied in the Refugee Law course were BY FAR the most interesting cases I have ever read in law school. I could not help but feel moved by the stories of those seeking a life free of constant fear. There could be no better place to study this material than in Sydney – not only is it an absolutely beautiful city that provides a vibrant retreat from the heart-wrenching stories we study in class, but it is at the epicenter of the refugee law debate. My internship could not have been better. The staff were passionate, intelligent, helpful, and fun to work with. I learned the ins and outs of immigration law, and I saw how the legal concepts we studied in the classroom were turned into action, all in an effort to save lives.” Andrew Michaels, Richardson School of Law (2013)
“Amazing experience. I was not expecting to get to do as much as I did [during the internship]. It was absolutely amazing.” Whitney L., UC Hastings (2012)
“I LOVED studying abroad in Sydney. It gave me the opportunity to live in a different country while taking classes and getting practical experience. The best part of this specific program was that it allowed me to learn laws and skills that have been transferable to my legal career here in the United States. I was able to intern at the Fragomen office and got hands on experience in representing clients. Sydney is a beautiful city with great food and great people–also great accents! I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.” VyHanh Nguyen (2012)
Enrollment Limit: 35