The Lithuania Summer Abroad Program will focus on commercial, corporate, customs, and trade law. These topics are especially relevant for Charlotte School of Law students, who are studying in the second-largest banking city in the United States. In addition, this theme draws upon the expertise of the faculty in the Department of Private Law at Vilnius University, which includes the Institute of International and European Union Law.
The curriculum of the Lithuania Summer Abroad Program focuses on questions of relevance to the U.S. doing business with Europe and for Europeans trying to understand U.S. law. In this way, the program provides an international and a comparative understanding to assist all students. These topics include the differences between anti-trust and competition law, the ethical requirements of international law and business, and the international treaties which standardize commercial transactions. Courses in the Lithuania Summer Abroad Program may vary from year to year, depending on the availability of faculty experts from the Charlotte School of Law, Vilnius University, or other institutions.
Full 2016 Program Calendar
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Anatomy of a Case Through Writing (2 Credits): Writing is integral to most aspects of a law practice. In this two-credit hour course, we will consider a hypothetical case with multiple legal issues through the preparation and drafting of written legal instruments as the case moves through the criminal or civil court system. Through this process, you will utilize and further develop your critical reading, persuasive writing, and strategic advocacy skills. In addition, you will gain a deeper understanding of the role of writing in law.
CSL Students: This course counts towards your AWR (Advanced Writing Requirement). Prerequisite: Legal Writing (LP I and II).
Professor: Professor Kama Pierce
Sales (2 credits): This course is designed to provide an overview of the legal principles and practical applications involved in transactions involving the sale and lease of goods, and security interests in real and personal property used as collateral for the extension of credit. The course will survey major portions of Articles 2 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.
Professor: Professor Jim Hefferan
Special Topics in European Human Rights (2 Credits): This class will examine the human rights protection system based on the European Convention on Human Rights. Students will be introduced to the framework of human rights protection under the Council of Europe with a special focus on the European Court of Human Rights and the Committee of Ministers. The process by which cases are brought to the attention of the court, litigated, resolved and enforced will be discussed. Classes will discuss topics of unique and timely relevance to the work of the court "? which may include sexual orientation and transgender issues, religion, language, national origin, elections, immigration, prisons, fair trial, media, and others. There is no textbook, but students will be assigned cases to read in preparation for class discussion.
Professor: Dr. Donatas Murauskas
EU Employment Law (1 Credit): This one credit hour class will look at labor standards created by European Union law and their implementation and functioning in Member States. Students will examine topics such as free movement of workers, implementation of the principle of equality, and regulation of collective labor relations. The class will use both European Union rules as well as several individual countries as examples of how the European system works. While Labor and Employment is a huge area of law, students should finish the course with an understanding of some of the basic principles which govern European rules on employment and how those principles compare with the American system.
Professor: Prof. Jelena Jonis
We are exceptionally excited to offer the following Externships in Lithuania this summer. Externs will earn five (5) credits and work for at least 180 hours over six weeks. Externs will NOT have the mid-session break during the middle of the program, and must be ready to work Monday-Friday from July 27 – August 5, 2016.
Information about the placements is below:
Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania http://www.lvat.lt/en/news.html
The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania is highest court of appeal for most civil cases against the state. It is located in the center of Vilnius, near Cathedral Square and is comprised of eighteen judges. Externs placed with the Supreme Administrative Court will work in the court’s research department and work alongside other law students and full time attorneys completing projects of interest to the Court based on its current caseload. The Court is particularly proud of its record of reaching a well informed and well written decision in each case within one year. The Court deals with areas of law including Human Rights and Freedoms, Regulatory Acts, Elections, Social Protections, Taxes, the Environment, Consumer Rights, Zoning, and the national Civil Service. Student cover letters to the Court should address their interest in administrative/civil law and should show some knowledge of the Court’s mission and goals gained from a visit to their excellent English language website.
The Constitutional Court of Lithuania http://www.lrkt.lt/en/
The Constitutional Court of Lithuania is composed of nine justices who collectively decide cases involving the rules and rights articulated in the Lithuanian Constitution. The Court is located in the middle of Gedimino Prospectas in the heart of Vilnius. Students placed as externs with the Constitutional Court will be located in the Court’s research division but will also have the opportunity to meet with and present their research to some of the Court’s members. All opinions of the Constitutional Court are translated into English and so student work for the summer may include both comparative work between the laws of the United States and Lithuania but also work building on past cases of the Lithuanian Constitutional Court. While the specific projects will vary based upon the needs of the Court – topics may include elections, impeachment, the separation of powers within branches of government, the ability of courts to review acts of the government, and the balance between constitutional and international law. Successful completion of Constitutional Law is a requirement to be considered for a placement with the Constitutional Court. Student cover letters to the Court should address their background and interest in constitutional law and should demonstrate an awareness of the Court and its mission from a visit to their excellent English language website.
The Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania http://kt.gov.lt/en/
The Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania may take up to two students as externs during the summer. The Competition Council is responsible for the enforcement of competition law within Lithuania. Students placed with the Council will work directly under a supervising attorney on projects that relate to the enforcement of actions within Lithuania and/or comparative projects with American and European legal sources. In order to be considered for an externship with the Competition Council student applicants must have completed at least one course in anti-trust or competition law. Student cover letters should specifically address their interest and background with competition law.
Valiunas Ellex http://www.valiunasellex.lt/
Valiunas Ellex (previously LAWIN) is the largest lawfirm in the Baltics. The firm handles mostly civil matters for major national and international clients throughout the greater Baltic region. Students placed with the firm will be assigned a supervising attorney and a practice area but may be given research projects from several of the firm's different working groups. Externs should expect that their working hours even during the summer may require several evenings or late nights completing their assigned projects on time. The firm understands that externs from the United States will research and write in English and so student research projects will focus on issues that involve comparative analysis or international law which has readily available English language sources. Student cover letters should introduce themselves and clearly express what interest the student has working in a private firm and highlight what international experience the student has. It would also be helpful to highlight any fluency in languages other than English (although no other language is required for consideration). Furthermore the cover letters should reflect that the student has visited the firm's website and has thought about which practice areas or industries would be particularly interesting to work in and why.
Sorainen is a major international law firm with offices throughout the Baltics and in Belarus and represents major clients through its six sector groups ranging from construction to pharmaceuticals to finance. Students placed with the firm will be assigned a supervising attorney and a sector group which will generate the bulk of their research work, but may be given projects from other sectors as the firm's needs dictate. Externs should expect that their working hours even during the summer may require several evenings or late nights completing their assigned projects on time. The firm understands that externs from the United States will research and write in English and so student research projects will focus on issues that involve comparative analysis or international law which has readily available English language sources. Student cover letters should demonstrate a knowledge of the lawfirm from visiting its website and should also identify the sector group or groups the student would be most interested in working under along with the reason for selecting those groups and any relevant background experience in the related areas.
Regular attendance and preparation are required in all courses. A student whose absences exceed 15 percent of the total number of classes in a course by one absence will receive a full letter grade deduction in his or her final letter grade in the course. A student whose absences exceed 15 percent of the total number of classes in a course by two absences will receive two full letter grade deductions in his or her final letter grade in the course. A first year student whose absences exceed 15 percent of the total number of classes in a course by three or more classes will be withdrawn from the course and receive a grade of "WF." Upper level students whose absences exceed 15 percent of the number of classes in a course by three or more classes will be withdrawn from the course and will receive a grade of "W."
The Summer Abroad in Lithuania program recognizes that some of our students may have family or friends either traveling with them or visiting during the program. The enrolled student's participation at all program events is covered by the program fee. Student's guests are welcome to join us on any program cultural event, space permitting, as long as they pay any fees that cover their costs. A fee for each program event will be determined prior to July 1st by the program director.