UW Law/Law societies and justice Rome program

Study comparative law and politics in Rome – with the UW Law/Law Societies and Justice Rome Program during the early fall start. The Law/LSJ Rome Program is now in its 11th year.

RomeEver wonder why Silvio Berlusconi remained in office after being convicted of crimes?

  • Why Italians are against the death penalty?
  • Whether Europeans have more privacy rights than Americans?


When: August 20 through September 18 – you can extern or work before studying abroad.

What: A unique interdisciplinary program with faculty from both LSJ and the law school. Students include advanced undergraduates and graduate students. They will receive credit for LSJ 495: a provocative course on comparative legal practice in the United States and Italy. Topics covered include: legal institutions, courthouse architecture and rituals, legal education and legal careers, immigration and immigration reform, criminal justice, juvenile justice, and the death penalty. Visit with leading Italian and European judges, lawyers, journalists, politicians, human rights workers and others. Meet the lawyers who have argued leading cases in Europe on topics like freedom of religion, immigrant rights, the right to privacy and more. A group assignment and an Italian language class are shared with LSJ 495.

Credits: 8 credits (5 credits for LSJ495 plus 3 credits for site visits and a reflection paper. The “Survival Italian” course is required but not graded.

Cost: $4,400 includes all tuition (8 credits), housing, some meals and excursions. Financial aid is available. If you do the math, the credits are a bargain as you get tuition, housing, and other costs covered.

Faculty: Walter Walsh (Law), Jamie Mayerfeld (Political Science) and Sabrina Tatta (French and Italian Studies)

Questions: Contact Professor Anita Ramasastry at arama@uw.edu; you should apply through the Int’l Programs and Exchanges Website. EXTENDED DEADLINE:  March 16, 2015.

Interested UW Tacoma students should contact Prof. Ramasastry: arama@uw.edu This is a great chance to study with professors from both the Law School and Political Science for 8 credits in late August/early September.