HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. —
Boasting the highest enrollment in its seven year history, Hofstra’s Comparative and International Law program in Curaçao included 51 law students from across the country. Curaçao, part of The Netherlands Antilles, is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea.
Hofstra Law School and the University of Baltimore School of Law sponsor the Curaçao program, which is hosted by The University of the Netherlands Antilles. The program features law faculty from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and ran this academic year from December 19, 2008 through January 9, 2009.
Hofstra Law student Andrew Beckwith said the program “gave me the chance to take courses in interesting subject areas and it was great to meet law students from around the country, many with whom I remain in contact.”
The roster included students from Hofstra Law School, University of Baltimore School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and The University of Michigan Law School, to name a few.
“The Curaçao program is growing in popularity,” said Hofstra Law School Assistant Dean for Administration and Operations Jeffrey A. Dodge, who along with Executive Director of International Programs Elaine Vukov, traveled to Curaçao to participate in the program.
“For the first time, we had a waitlist and in the coming years, I expect even more law students nationwide to be attracted to the study abroad program,” said Dean Dodge.
The three-week intensive program is approved by the American Bar Association. “We live in a global economy with an increasing need for attorneys touting international law backgrounds. Students coming out of the Curaçao program become better equipped to handle the complex legal cases arising from international transactions,” said Vukov.
In addition to the Curaçao program, Hofstra Law School offers study abroad programs in Germany, Italy and Australia. The schooI is also a founding member of the European-American Consortium for Legal Education (EACLE). Under the EACLE program, Hofstra Law students take advantage of study abroad programs at Finland’s Helsinki University, The Netherlands’ Erasmus University Rotterdam and Belgium’s Ghent University. Visit law.hofstra.edu/International
Hofstra Law was recognized on preLaw magazine’s annual “Where to Study International Law” list in 2008.