November 20, 2011

InteRDom establishes a new partnership with the University of Georgia’s School of Law

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The University of Georgia’s School of Law (UGA Law) recognizes the importance of internationalization in preparing its students for careers in the legal field in an increasingly globally interconnected world.  Two of the most successful international programs at UGA Law are the Global Internship Program (GIP) and the International Judicial Training Program (IJTP), both run by María Eugenia Giménez, Associate Director of the Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy at UGA.

Ms. Giménez kindly accepted InteRDom’s request to answer some questions about the UGA Law students interested in international programs in order to highlight their skills amongst the Dominican audience and to explore possibilities of collaboration with Dominican organizations specializing in the field and interested in hosting international students.

    1. What is the professional profile of the graduates from UGA’s School of Law?

Students at the University of Georgia School of Law have completed a four-year undergraduate degree, or its equivalent, prior to enrolment. Graduates are awarded the Juris Doctorate (JD) degree, which qualifies them to work as an attorney after the student completes the National Bar Examination.

    1. In which fields of employment do your students have greater acceptance?

UGA Law students are accepted in a wide variety of fields. Graduates from UGA Law typically work in the traditional legal professions, but are often employed in areas such as finance, administration, and academia among many others as well.

    1. What is your placement rate?

From the 2007 graduating class, 87.9% were employed at graduation, and 98.1% were employed nine months after graduation. Starting salaries in the private sector averaged $100,000 annually, and $50,500 in the public sector.

    1. Why do you think participating in study abroad and internship programs will be an asset to a student’s resume and experience? What languages, other than English, are spoken by your students?

International and transnational law are areas of the law that are growing rapidly. Experience in internships abroad helps prepare students for employment in these areas. Most students at UGA Law speak only English, but many also speak a second or third language. The most common languages spoken other than English are Spanish, Chinese, and German.

    1. What distinguishes UGA’s School of Law from other law programs?   

UGA Law is widely acknowledged as one of the best law schools in the nation. The quality of instruction is what distinguishes UGA Law from other outstanding law programs.  A number of our faculty have been recognized for their teaching excellence by their peers in the academic community and the broader legal arena.  In addition, the credentials of the entering students each year are among the highest in the nation.

For information on how your organization can request an intern from the UGA’s School of Law, contact Reyna Rodríguez, InteRDom Internship and Corporate Relations Coordinator

InteRDom – Internships in the Dominican Republic – was established in 2005 as a program of professional and academic exchange, which serves to promote exchange, research and the growth of national and international students, scholars and professionals from public, private and nonprofit organizations. The program joined the mission of its founding organizations Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE) and the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) to contribute in a significant manner to the development of the nation’s labor sector and to the advancement of academic research. InteRDom provides spaces for personal and professional growth, internationalization and intercultural understanding, and for collaboration on projects related to the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean region.