Study Abroad in Lithuania - June 27, 2016 - August 5, 2016
Welcome to the Charlotte Law Lithuania Summer Study Abroad program page! Our exciting six week program offers two tracks for students to choose from, a course component or participation in an externship with some of the most prestigious governmental agencies and law firms in Lithuania.
Our course component is a 4-7 credit that focuses on a comparative U.S./European Union approach to the law of business and finance. Courses will offer both a comparative perspective and an international perspective on doing business in and trading between the United States and the European Union including course discussion on the relevant laws and treaties that facilitate this largest trading relationship in the world.
The 5-credit externship component offers students the chance to work with judicial entities like the Lithuanian Supreme Court and the largest law firms in the Baltics. Students who participated in externships have worked on important national issues such as housing and tenant rights.
For more information about the courses and externship opportunities available, see the Courses and Schedules tab.
Charlotte School of Law’s Lithuania Summer Abroad Program is available to students of ABA approved law schools who have (or will have) completed at least one year of study towards a Juris Doctor degree.
About LithuaniaThe Republic of Lithuania, a post-Soviet nation and member of the European Union, provides students the opportunity to experience the beauty of the country while also benefiting from a rare, close perspective of the legal system of the European Union. Situated along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, Lithuania has lots of things to do in the big cities as well as offers the opportunity for visitors to retreat to its quiet forests, lakes, and rural towns. To learn more about Lithuania, please visit our Library Research Guide here.
About Vilnius UniversityOn September 13, 2013, Charlotte School of Law and the Vilnius University Faculty of Law signed a cooperative agreement to formally create a summer study abroad program in Vilnius, Lithuania. Vilnius University is the largest university in Lithuania and one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. Established in 1579, the university has experienced numerous closures over the centuries due to uprisings, World Wars, and Soviet invasions. With over 400 years of academic tradition, the university offers 12 faculties, 7 institutes, 4 study and research centers, the oldest Library in Lithuania, 3 university hospitals, an Astronomical Observatory, a Botanical Garden, a Centre of Information Technology Development, and St. John’s Church.
The Faculty of Law at Vilnius University was founded in 1641 and has since graduated many famous lawyers. Alexander Aaron Olisarovius penned the treaty “On the Politics of Human Society.” And poet, and law graduate, Juliusz Slowacki is credited as one of the founders of the Polish national culture. Today the Faculty of Law is composed of 86 teachers and 85 doctoral students who work in the Departments of Criminal Justice, Private Law, and Public Law.
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Program EventsThe Summer Abroad in Lithuania program includes some events that are planned as part of the program. Student participating in externships may not be able to attend all program events due to schedules at their placements sites. The program will make every effort to schedule events on days where externs may participate.
Trakai- Our first visit is to Trakai castle, which makes for a wonderful July 4th adventure. We will take buses about 40 minutes outside Vilnius to the island castle where we will have a guided tour throughout the restored castle, which lasts about an hour. Students will have the opportunity to explore other parts of the castle and grounds (including the ability to shoot a bow and arrow or cross-bow) before we board a chartered boat to cruise the lake which surrounds the castle. A small lunch will be served on the boat (including the regional delicacy kibin- a pastry stuffed with meat or vegetables) before returning to the castle. Students will have time to peruse the shops, rent a paddle boat, or explore the shoreline before we return to Vilnius!
Crypts- The Cathedral in the center of Vilnius is one of the most recognized architectural symbols in Lithuania. During this event, we arrange a guided tour of the crypts under the Cathedral. The crypts hold many artifacts and remains of historically important people in Eastern Europe and our guide will share with us stories of their personal lives as well as the excavations that have brought the crypts to life. The tour around an hour and students are welcome to visit the Cathedral and its adjoining tower following the tour.
Grutas Parkas- For this event, we go by bus (about 1.5 hours) to Grutas Parkas where we will enjoy a meal of foods popular during Lithuania's time under Soviet rule. The Park contains hundreds of statues and pieces of art from the Soviet period and is an excellent way to reinforce and remember the history of Lithuania.
Seimas- The Seimas is Lithuania's legislative branch- the equivalent to our Congress. This guided tour of the building will introduce students to the history of the Lithuanian Republic and the creation of its Constitution. Students will learn about the institution and, if it is in session, will have an opportunity to sit in and listen to some of the discussion/debate on the floor of the chamber.
Constitutional Court- We will visit the Constitutional Court of Lithuania, which is the ultimate body in charge of interpreting the Lithuanian Constitution. We will have a tour of the court (past tours have been led by the acting Chief Justice himself) and learn in greater detail the work of this critically important Lithuanian legal institution.
KGB Museum- The KGB Museum was the actual headquarters of the KGB in Lithuania during the Soviet occupation. Before the Soviet's arrived, it was used by Germany and the Nazi's during their occupation of Lithuania. Both used it as a detention center and an intelligence post. The basement of the building has been preserved and is an eye opening and sobering place to visit- a place to realize the brutal realities that Lithuanians opposed to German and Soviet occupation were subjected to.
The U.S. Embassy- During a visit to the U.S. Embassy, we will learn about Lithuanian-American relations from the people who are directly responsible for our diplomatic and economic relationships. In past years, we have been greeted by Ambassador McCarthy herself- and hope to be able to meet her again this summer. The Embassy also maintains a library and English language reading room which is open to all Americans during working hours.
Contact UsFor more information about the Summer Study Abroad in Lithuania Program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer 2016 participants after the opening ceremony at Vilnius University.
How to ApplyAll students must apply online. Completed applications must be submitted by May 1, 2016 in order to be considered for the summer 2016 session. Students must have completed one full year of law school at an ABA approved law school to be considered for the program.
There are two separate applications. Students may either apply to participate in the program through the courses, or they may apply to be considered for externship opportunities in lieu of courses. Students who are not selected for an externship will be allowed to participate in the program through coursework if they choose to do so.
2016 Lithuania Study Abroad Program Application (courses only)
The externship component application will be released January 15, 2016.
Students who are interested in taking courses must complete the online application.
The following information is required to complete the online application form:
- Contact information for two academic references- Name, Title, relation to the student, telephone, and email address
- Statement of Intent- Students must submit a brief statement on why they wish to participate in the program.
- Letter of Good Standing from the student's Academic Dean or Registrar (Non-CSL students only)
Students may submit a letter of good standing via email to have their application considered. Official letters of good standing must be received by May 1, 2016 to guarantee a seat in the summer 2016 program.
Students who wish to be considered for an externship, must complete the externship application.
2016 Lithuania Study Abroad Program Externship Application
The externships are competitive- each externship site will determine which students they accept for the summer. To formally apply for an externship you must submit an externship application via OrgSync. Your application must include a professional Resume/CV and a cover letter specific to EACH externship site you wish to be considered for.
For example, if you wish to be considered for three different placement sites you must submit three different cover letters "“ each one speaking to the unique needs of the placement site. There is no limit to the number of sites a student can apply to. Some placement sites may require interviews via Skype before candidates are selected.
Completed applications will be forwarded to the respective placement sites for rolling placements.
All supplemental electronic application materials must be submitted to email@example.com
Letters of Good Standing should be mailed to:
Charlotte School of Law
Study Abroad in Lithuania
201 South College Street, Ste 400
Charlotte, NC 28244
All Letters of Good Standing and other required documentation must be received by May 1, 2016.
Applications may be submitted beginning December 1, 2015. All applications will be reviewed and students will be notified of their acceptance decision on a rolling basis. It is strongly encouraged that students apply prior to March 2, 2016 in order to ensure the best chances of being admitted to the program.
Prior Attendance And Anticipated EnrollmentLithuania Summer Abroad program hosted 45 Charlotte School of Law students and 2 students from other institutions in 2014 and 19 Charlotte School of Law students in 2015. Enrollment for Summer 2016 is expected to be similar to the 2014 cohort.
Student Performance And GradingGrades will be assigned in the program under the terms of the Charlotte School of Law Student Rights and Responsibilities Manual. All classes in the summer program with 25 or more students will use the 2L/3L grading curve.
Enrollment LimitationsThere are no enrollment limitations or prerequisites on any course in the summer program. Students must take at least four (4) credits and no more than seven (7) credits.
Credit TransferAcceptance of any credit or grade for any course taking in the program is subject to determination by the student's home school.
Refunds and Cancellations
Program CancellationIn the event that the Lithuania Summer Study Abroad program is cancelled after a deposit has been paid, the Program Director will work with the student on a case-by-case basis to find an alternative program that meets the student's expectations and budget. In the event of cancellation, the application fee as well as any deposit will be refunded to the student within 20 days of cancellation and the student will be responsible for all costs of the alternative program of attendance. Students enrolled in the program will be notified by email of any cancellation.
Changes In Course OfferingsIf any advertised course is changed or other significant aspect of the program altered, all students who have been admitted will be notified via email. An additional notice of the change will be posted on the program website. The communication to the student will explicitly notify the student of his or her right to withdraw from the program and be refunded all fees paid.
If a course is added to the program, but all previously advertised courses and professors remain the same, the additional course will not constitute a change in course offerings. All admitted students will still be notified of the addition of the course, reminded of the seven (7) credit limitation, and given an opportunity to drop or add courses to take advantage of the expanded offering of courses.
Cancellation Due To State Department Travel InformationIn the event of the program's cancellation or if a student withdraws prior to the commencement of the program due to the issuance of a State Department travel information, warning, or alert, Charlotte School of Law will refund to the student all fees and deposits within 20 days of the withdrawal. If a student withdraws after the program begins due to a State Department travel information, warning, or alert the student will be refunded fees and deposits on a prorated basis determined by the length of time the student participated in the program prior to the withdraw. Students enrolled in the program will be notified by email of any cancellation.
For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of State's country specific information on Lithuania. Should travel alerts or warnings be issued, they will be posted on this website.
Other Withdrawals Or CancellationsWithdrawal from the program for any other reason is governed by the Charlotte School of Law Student Rights and Responsibilities Manual.
No prior cancellations have occurred with Charlotte School of Law's Summer Abroad in Lithuania Program.