Charlotte Law Students Study in Siena, Italy!

Written by Hailey Amico

Sergio Hernandez, Amanda Knox, and even more recently, Ryan Lochte. All of these people (and others), serve to illustrate a major global problem in the area of criminal procedure – What happens when a legal issue arises or a law is broken by someone outside of the country of their citizenship? And when something like this happens, which country’s laws should prevail when a person has been deprived of a right that is bestowed to them by their home country, but not by the country in which the alleged crime was committed? Issues in criminal procedure arise around the world much more often than people realize. What better way to learn about those issues and the differences in global legal systems, than to travel abroad and experience them first hand?

This summer, fourteen CharlotteLaw students and Professor Megan Annitto spent two weeks in Siena, Italy, participating in the class she created – Global Issues in Criminal Procedure. Because the United States and Europe structure their legal and judicial systems differently, Professor Annitto enhanced the classroom experience by inviting local attorneys and law professors from Siena to speak to our class about the fundamental rights and goals of the Italian Constitution. Guest speakers also highlighted the differences between an adversarial judicial system and an inquisitorial judicial system. Additionally, the class had the opportunity to tour the court house and speak to judges about their jobs as “avvocatos” or in English, advocates for justice.

While we had many amazing experiences in Siena, one of the best things about this study abroad opportunity was we were able to spend two weeks in a beautiful city learning about global issues in criminal procedure. This two-week course gave my classmates and me the opportunity to study abroad and also add unique skills to our resumes.

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Learn More about Our Compliance Program at Our Upcoming Webinar!

We invite you to learn about our Corporate Compliance Certificate on October 5th at 6:00pm.

During this webinar:

    • Professor Peter Anderson will discuss the curriculum, the benefits of choosing Charlotte School of Law, and how you can complete your certificate within 18 weeks.
    • Alumna Aver Oliver will share her experience and provide her perspective on Charlotte School of Law’s Corporate Compliance Certificate.
    • Jack Kelly, Director of the Compliance Search Group , will speak about the compliance job market and the growth of the compliance industry.
    • Assistant Dean Beth Westerman-Koback will discuss tuition and how to apply.

Register today to save your spot!

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Learn More about the Paralegal Certificate Program


Interested in learning more about the Paralegal Certificate Program?

At an information session (join in person or online) we will discuss the application process, answer your questions, and introduce you to the program and its components.

Webinar: October 12 | 12:00-1:00pm
Open House: November 15, 2016 | 6:00-7:00pm

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Check Them Out — Banned Books Week Display!


Banned Books Week is September 25th to October 1st, 2016.  The library has a display of the banned or challenged books from the library’s collections. The banned books display can be found across the bookcase in the library’s East Reading Room on the east side of the 5th floor. Come check out the books on display – these are just a few of the books challenged or banned each year.


To learn more about Banned Books Week, check out our Charlotte Law Library Research Guide, featuring everything you ever wanted to know about Banned Books Week, at

~Betty Thomas~

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Apply Now for Our Paralegal Certificate Program!


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