The Leipzig seminar is inspired by the long standing tradition of US-German friendship and scholarly exchange. The first UM Law-Leipzig exchange took place in 2001 at The University of Leipzig when Professor Richard Williamson was a Fulbright Professor there. Although the U.S. and Germany share fundamental ideas of freedom and democracy as well as civil and human rights, the two countries' legal systems and societies feature significant differences. The program has been expanded and now includes both locales each year and always receives rave reviews from participants.
The goals of this seminar are to:
Students and teachers from both faculties meet twice a year (January in Miami and May in Leipzig) to discuss ten topics, revolving around pairs of presentations by one participant from each side. Although academics are an essential part of the seminar, it is not the only part. At least one day is reserved for social and cultural events organized by the inviting faculty.
UM students participate in two sessions (January and May) and make an oral presentation in each session on one of ten preselected topics of controversy or major difference in perspective between the U.S. and Europe. The other side is presented by selected law students from the University of Leipzig. Presentations and discussions are in English. UM Faculty is invited to participate here and Leipzig faculty there. All students are active participants throughout the sessions and for all presentations.
Students will receive 2 credits for taking part in this program. Participants will enroll in a two credit workshop (a 700 level course) for the Spring semester. Students are required to participate actively and complete a short paper (up to 10 pages) for the workshop. The program can also be used to fulfill the upper level writing requirement by taking an additional credit and writing a substantially longer paper on a workshop-related topic.
We will travel to Leipzig the week after graduation.
All J.D. and L.L.M. students are eligible, but the timing and need for relevant background make it particularly appropriate for 2Ls. The program is limited to a maximum of ten students plus two alternates. No knowledge of German is required. Students are selected based on:
For the Leipzig program, students contribute half of the travel cost and any increased cost their personal travel plans might entail. The two sponsoring universities cover the rest of the travel expense, lodging, most meals, entertainment, and many incidental costs.
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