Curriculum. The USBLA is a three-week, non-credit educational and cultural experience for foreign-trained law students and practitioners. Instructors for the 2020 edition of the program come from the full-time law faculties at Columbia, Oxford, and Georgetown Universities. They plan to present a total of 48 hours of classroom instruction on “Introduction to US Legal Institutions”, “Introduction to Mediation”, “US Financial Law in an International Perspective”, and “US Corporate Law in an International Perspective”.
Additional Content. The USBLA also offers practice-oriented lectures from several prominent New York lawyers. In 2019 these visitors spoke on “Advising Clients about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act”, “International Arbitration in a US Perspective”, and “Advising #MeToo Clients”. Columbia Law School administrators, meanwhile, hosted information sessions about our LLM program and other topics. Participants attended lunches at international law firms, a court room meeting with senor judges, and visits to sites of cultural interest in New York City.
Global Networking. Beyond legal instruction, the program offers a global networking experience. The program typically includes approximately 100 participants came from 25-30 countries. About 2/3 of the group are currently enrolled in university programs (the program was originally designed with law students in mind), with approximately 1/3 made up of professionals from private practice, government service, and academia.
Columbia Global Centers Scholarship
Who. To be eligible for a Global Center Scholarship, an individual must be a current law student or practitioner, and be nominated by the director of a Global Center. Each Global Center director may nominate one person, selected at that director’s discretion. There is no expectation, however, that any or all of the Global Center Directors will choose to do so.
What. Columbia Law School will provide all eligible nominees with a Global Centers Scholarship, equivalent to a 50% discount of the posted US Business Law Academy program fee (i.e., $5,250 x 50% = $2,625). The Law School is unable to discount the cost of optional on-campus housing (approximately $2,250), or any visa fees charged by ISSO or the US consulate. The Scholarship is offered for the 2020 edition of the USBLA only.
How. Applicants who have been nominated for a Global Center Scholarship must submit the standard online USBLA application no later than February 1, 2020. They must also arrange for the director of a Global Center to email, by that same date, a brief and informal statement of nomination on their behalf to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When. Individuals seeking to receive a Global Centers Scholarship must submit an online application, and have a corresponding nomination from a Global Center director emailed on their behalf, by February 1, 2020. A non-refundable, online deposit of $500 will then be due from the applicant within two weeks of notification of acceptance to the program. The USBLA program itself will be held July 5-24, 2020.