Summer Abroad Testimonials

Employers’ Perspectives on our Summer Study Abroad

Shane Yoosuk-Hong“Since graduating from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1999, I have built my career around the global approach and application of law and business which I learned and applied while a student at Santa Clara Law. This knowledge has guided and continues to enable me to adapt to new methods of learning and work, fortify my legal skills and development capabilities, identify and embrace new business opportunities, cultivate my team-based approach by fortifying my communication and collaboration skills, and form a broad professional network by establishing strong business relationships with Koreans and foreigners around the world. Attending the summer program in Seoul in the summer of 1997 under the guidance and  mentorship of Professor Phil Jimenez was the initial spark which  made all of this possible. I am very grateful to the School of Law and the summer program, as Santa Clara Law has vigorously fueled my incredible journey as an international attorney practicing law in Korea for more than 16 years.”

Shane Yoosuk Hong, ’99

Shane has been living with his family in Seoul since graduating from Santa Clara Law in 1999. Shane is licensed to practice law in California and serves as a member of the IT Industry Group at Kim & Chang where he is responsible for new business development of  high-tech companies and tech startups in the IT space. Prior to joining Kim & Chang, Shane served as the Representative Director and Senior Legal Director of Oracle in Korea from 2009-2014.

Elizabeth Wheeler Little“Santa Clara Law’s many international opportunities and its focus on international law gave me the essential educational and professional platform to launch into my international career.”

Elizabeth Little, ’05

Legal Officer at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where she serves as the judicial clerk for Judge Geoffrey Henderson (Trinidad & Tobago) in the ICC’s Trial Chamber. Ms. Little participated in SCU Law’s summer abroad program focused on human rights in Geneva/Strasbourg and received a SCU Law Public Interest & Social Justice Board Summer Grant to participate in a summer internship at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica at the end of her 2L year.

Students’ Perspectives on our Summer Study Abroad

Gabe Ballard“Adding to the amazing contacts I made and the immersive cultural experience, I was pleased by the quality of the law classes offered by SCU Law in Tokyo. I was enriched as much academically as culturally. It was also a wonderful time to interact with other future attorneys from around the United States who share a common interest and a common curriculum for the summer. Friendships made during such a formative experience imbued this program with unique multidimensional networking value. Furthermore the connections available to the SCU Tokyo/Seoul program are truly unique and cannot be found elsewhere. My mentorship and large-firm training were high-quality and indispensable. I cannot recommend this program enough.”

J. Gabriel Ballard, Summer 2015

Carsandra Dixon
“The experience with UNHCR has been phenomenal. I am really going to miss Costa Rica and the UNHCR family. I have learned so much over the last seven weeks about research, writing, and time management. This internship provided me the opportunity to work in a multicultural environment which definitely helped to improve my communication skills (oral and written). I am very thankful for this opportunity–this was an experience I will never forget.

Carsandra Dixon, Summer 2015

Amaan Shaikh
“I thought the Vienna program to be an extremely worthwhile experience for me. Not only did I find the subject matter to be incredibly interesting, it also proved to be invaluable for my subsequent internship in EU Business Law. The speakers SCU invited were very accomplished in their respective fields and were extremely personable, making themselves available to us after classes. One of the highlights for me was when we were able to meet the Archduke of Austria, Karl von Habsburg. All in all, the experience was unforgettable.”

Amaan Shaikh, Summer 2015