School of Law: Collaborating on Concurrent Degrees Abroad
The School of Law has launched three unique concurrent degrees with Middlesex University in London, Comillas Pontifica University in Madrid, and Université Paris-Dauphine in Paris. The School of Law is one of the only law schools in the United States to offer concurrent degrees with foreign institutions.
In addition to traditional semester-long exchange programs, the concurrent degree program will allow students to earn two degrees- a JD from CWRU and an LLM (Master of Laws) from the partner school- in just three years (the same time it takes to earn a JD), with the students spending the first two years at CWRU and the third year at the partner school.
"This program provides our students a unique opportunity to gain international experience, develop a global network, and earn both a foreign masters and our JD in just three years," explains Michael Scharf, co-Dean of the School of Law.
Tips for Speaking with International Students about Winter Break
International Students who are not going home or traveling over break are prone to feelings of homesickness and loneliness, especially when campus activity winds down and their friends leave CWRU to spend holiday break elsewhere. The Center for International Affairs encourages faculty and staff to connect with international students before break to discuss winter break plans by taking these steps:
- Talk to students about travel plans and direct them to the Office of International Student Services if they have any questions regarding passports, visas, and requesting travel signatures. It is very important that students pick up their new I-20 form if they haven’t already, which they can easily do by stopping in our office.
- Keep tabs on which students are not traveling and connect them with other students who will be staying in the Cleveland area over break.
- Talk about Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Many students come from countries where these holidays are not celebrated by the majority and will be open to experiencing the true diversity of Cleveland’s holiday festivities. Students may not be aware that most restaurants, stores, and services will be closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so it’s a great idea to give them a heads up.
- Encourage students to make New Year’s Eve plans. Nothing exacerbates homesickness like spending the holidays alone. Clevescene publishes a NYE events guide in December. Also, the CLErocksNYE celebration in Public Square is the largest celebration in the city and very affordable.
- Encourage students to explore the city. Winter break is a great time for students to explore the city without the distraction of classwork. These few weeks will be a great time for them to start tackling the Cleveland Bucket List.
- Host students! Winter break is a great time to invite students to join a holiday dinner, activity, or community event. Don’t be afraid to extend an invitation – it will most certainly be appreciated.
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