Queen's University

Renewed agreement opens door to Cape Town law students

 
2011-09-12
[Queen's student Julia Bishop while on exchange at University of Cape Town]Queen's Law student Julia Bishop, seen here observing the natural wonders of Cape Town, completed an exchange at the University of Cape Town earlier this year. Ms Bishop believes the experience helped prepare her for a career practicing international law.

A renewal agreement recently signed by the law faculties at Queen’s and the University of Cape Town (UCT) will allow students from the South African university to study at Queen’s on exchange for the first time.

“Recognizing that our international initiatives enrich our classrooms, we look forward to welcoming University of Cape Town students in the future and learning from the different perspectives and training they will bring with them,” says Queen’s Law dean Bill Flanagan.

Under the renewed agreement, UCT may send up to one full-time-equivalent (FTE) law student per year. The number of FTE students that Queen’s Law can send to UCT each year will increase from two to three.

Queen’s Law will continue to sponsor a UCT Law professor to teach a one-credit (two-week) course at Queen’s in alternate years. Three UCT professors have visited Queen’s since 2007.

“Continuing and expanding the link between our faculties gives staff and students an opportunity to be exposed to learning and application of divergent laws in divergent contexts,” says PJ Schwikkard, law dean at UCT.

UCT students can apply for the Robert Wallace Best Exchange Award, which was established last year by Andrew Best, Law ’81, in honour of his father. Queen’s Law exchange students from India and South Africa are eligible for the award on the basis of academic achievement and leadership qualities.

“The award improves the accessibility of exchanges for students in India and South Africa who might not consider studying abroad because of financial barriers,” says Gillian Ready, assistant dean of international programs at Queen’s Law.

Queen’s Law students have enjoyed positive experiences at UCT. Julia Bishop, who studied at UCT last spring, believes the experience has prepared her for a career practicing international law.

“The exchange has exposed me to some of the issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, I will be able to demonstrate to future employers that I can move to a country and overcome the challenges and adapt quite easily,” she says.

UCT students can enroll at Queen’s in either semester. Queen’s Law hopes to welcome the first UCT student in January 2012.
 

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