Legal Studies Summer Program | Webster University

Leiden, the Netherlands

Legal Studies Summer Program

The Hague in Leiden

Program Description
This program transforms students to internalize social justice issues by immersing them in the study of narrowly tailored current conflicts involving international law.  Students must demonstrate upon completion of each course critical thinking and problem solving skills which effect positive change.  The goal is for students to become agents of change in their communities who will work toward eradicating the underlying causes of current conflicts.

This is a hybrid course taught partially online and partially on-site. The mandatory on-site portion of this course is offered in Leiden, the Netherlands.  Arrangements may be made through the Office of Study Abroad prior to registration for this course.

Program Highlights

  • Receive the educational opportunity of a lifetime, studying law at its international center in The Hague, while also completely immersing yourself in the food, culture and beauty of The Netherlands;
  • Study abroad at Webster Leiden, one of Webster University's international campuses during a short timeframe (1-2 weeks)
  • Take one or both Legal Studies courses being offered this summer and earn 3-6 credit hours. Earn major, minor or elective credit at the graduate or undergraduate level.

Course Dates:
May 27- July 26, 2019
Travel Dates:
LEGL 2080/ WGST 2620: June 22 –June 29, 2019
LEGL 4605/5505: June 28 – July 6, 2019

LEGL 2080/5490/WGST2620/CRIM3000 Women and the Law

Faculty Leader: Anne Geraghty-Rathert
Women still face substantial obstacles in every area of political, social, and economic life, yet most people continue to deny that sex, gender and sexuality inequality is a serious problem. The legal systems perpetuates this denial as well, and historically has attempted to discount or justify this type of discrimination both in the United Studies and internationally. This course will focus on the past and current development of laws, programs and institutions which impact gender issues. It will focus on the social and legal implications of gender based rulings and will explore the factors which underlie such rulings. 

LEGL 4605/5505: Constitutional and International Issues: Human Trafficking and Slavery
Faculty Leader: Tena Hart
This course will explore constitutional and human rights issues which arise as individual countries and the international community work to address laws, issues and concerns involving slavery and human trafficking. Topics discussed include: trafficking in women and children; sexual exploitation; labor exploitation, i.e. domestic slavery, forced labor, bonded labor, racial discrimination; refugee issues/status; other related topics.

Program Flyer
Legal Studies Summer Program

On-site Component 
The on the ground portion complements the online study by utilizing international institutions and tribunals in order to observe and to learn to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills for change leadership. Because this course depends heavily on the specific trials and hearings going on in The Hague at the time of the course, it is impossible to present definite class agendas.  However, here is an overview of the types of opportunities and activities in which the class will participate:

Attend institutions and tribunals in progress which are centered around resolving various international conflicts; discuss with key role participants (i.e. judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, witnesses, advocates, victim rights advocates) in various institutions and tribunals the context in which proceedings occur; visit significant historical and political landmarks.  Past site visits have included: The Peace Palace, The World Court, The Special Tribunal for Lebanon, various international embassies, Eurojust, Europol, The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Holocaust Museum, The International Criminal Court, The Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone, The Rieksmuseum, The Van Gogh Museum, The United Nations in The Hague, The Organization for Prevention of Chemical Weapons, The U.S.-Iran Tribunal, The Anne Frank House, the VON Refugee Center in Leiden, The Dutch Council for Refugees, Amsterdam Asylum Center for Sex Trade Workers, the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe, European Network for HIV/STI Prevention and Health Promotion Among Migrant Sex Workers, and Prostitution Information Centre.

In addition to the sites, we will engage in total immersion study abroad experiences, such as ride bikes, use of public transportation, communication with diverse groups (diverse students within the program, the Netherlands and legal institutions), we will appreciate different cultures’ food, art, educational systems, compare and contrast different societies’ responses to social conditions, including healthcare, housing, homelessness, elder care, mental health care, loneliness, child care, parental leave and environmental concerns.

Program Cost
Program Fee - LEGL 2080/WGST2620: $1400
Program Fee - LEGL 4605/5505: $1505
Study Abroad Fee: $175 (covers international insurance & ISIC card)
Webster Tuition: Click here to see the undergraduate and graduate tuition rate.
If you want to do both programs, you will need to submit two program applications. The second deposit can be waived.
Please contact the OSA for more information

Students may be eligible for Webster study abroad scholarships. Please reference the Study Abroad website for more information.

Summer Break scholarship deadline: March 15, 2019

Application Process
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

To apply, follow these steps:
1) Ensure you meet the study abroad eligibility requirements
2) Start an application via the Webster online application system
3) The application will ask you to fill out a number of forms, pay the $100 study abroad deposit*, write a brief statement of purpose, submit a passport copy and a passport sized photos.

*The $100 application deposit is refundable to if ALL of the following conditions are met: 1) Student attends the program
2) Student completes the pre and post-study abroad surveys 3) Student does not have any outstanding program charges.

Student Testimonials 
"The Leiden Legal Studies program was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Getting an up-close perspective on international law was amazing. It was an experience I will never forget."Mary Claire Jost, Student.

"Studying abroad in Leiden with the Legal Studies Department was a fascinating experience.  I was academically and intellectually challenged on the topics of international law and human trafficking. My involvement in the program has given me a new appreciation for international law and I will be seeking a career within the international legal community upon graduation; I have even decided to minor in international Human Rights at Webster.  I plan to return again this summer!”  --Malissa Bassio, Student.

Information Session
Leiden Legal Studies Summer Program
Thursday, February 28
EAB 135

Legal Studies students in Leiden
Webster University campus in Leiden