June 8 to June 27, 2020
Mississippi College School of Law is pleased to offer a three-week summer program in multiple locations in Europe. This exciting new program spends two weeks in Lille, France followed by one week in Berlin Germany. Students will have the opportunity to visit Bruges, Belgium; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Paris, France as part of this multi-national comparative course of study. Instruction will include visits to important health law agencies and NGOs in multiple countries.
First Location: Lille, France:
Lille is located in northern France, near Belgium, and offers a mix of old world charm and a lively cultural scene. Bruges, Paris, and London are within 90 minutes by train.
Second Location: Berlin, Germany
After two weeks in Lille, students will travel by air to Berlin, Germany, the capital and largest city in Germany, and the second largest in Europe. The city is well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts and a high quality of living.
Upon completion of the course, students will earn a total of 3 credit hours from the following course:
Comparative Health Law
This course illuminates important concepts and themes in health law by considering them from competing national and international perspectives. The course begins with the question of whether there is (or ought to be) a right to access basic health care services and, if so, from where does that right derive (international law, national constitutions, domestic legislation, etc.). The course then shifts to exploring various types of health care delivery systems employed by different nations. Additional topics include comparative analysis of approaches to medical malpractice, reproductive rights, and issues of global public health concerns such as epidemics.
Grading is based primarily on a final comprehensive exam.
This course will be taught by Dean Jonathan Will.
Final class schedules for each course will be announced at a later date. Classes, however, will generally meet weekday mornings.
All standard MC Law rules for class attendance, participation and grading will apply to this course. Please refer to the MC Law 2017 – 2018 Academic Year Catalog for details. Grades will be letter grades and determined by final exams and class participation.
Further information on MC Law grading may be found here.
Visiting students should note that acceptance of any credit for the courses is subject to determination by your home law school.
MC Law does not anticipate that the program will be canceled. However, in the unfortunate event that cancellation occurs, MC Law will refund all tuition and registration fees within 20 days of cancellation. We will also refund any portion of the administrative fee that has not been irrevocably committed to a third party. We will also provide assistance in finding a similar study abroad program if so desired.
If there are any changes to significant aspects of the program (classes offered, teachers, dates, etc.), after a student has signed up to the program, these will be communicated promptly, and students will be permitted to withdraw from the program and obtain a full refund of monies paid to MC Law for the program with the exception of those funds that have been irrevocably committed to a third party..
Facilities and Housing
In Lille, student will secure their own housing. Classes will be taught at Auberge de Jeunesse HI Lille. Public transportation is excellent.
In Berlin, housing is provided (double occupancy). Housing and classes will occur at the Park Alexanderplatz Hotel. Major tourist attractions in the city center are easily accessible by public transportation.
ACCESS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
The university buildings and hotel used for the program are accessible for those with special needs. However, please advise us on your application to ensure preparation for any special needs so we may provide you with the best possible service. Public transportation for the city of Lille and the city of Berlin is accessible to those with disabilities. Most sidewalks in both cities are also accessible to those with disabilities. Access for persons with disabilities throughout France and Germany is comparable to accessibility in the United States for such persons.
The following is an estimate of total student expenses for the program. This includes both payments to MC Law and anticipated out-of-pocket expenses. Please note that these are only estimates and are subject to change.
- MC Law tuition for 3 credit hours: $3,387
- Visiting Student Tuition: $3,387
- Lodging & Administrative Fees: $2,525 which includes housing in double occupancy hotel rooms in Berlin, breakfast every day in Berlin, travel within Europe including the excursions and travel/flight from Lille to Berlin.
- Registration fee: $75
- Textbooks: $100
- Food: $350
- Miscellaneous/personal expenses: $300-$400
- Round Trip Travel to Lille and from Berlin: $1000 – $1500
- Trip health insurance: $100 – $200
GETTING TO LILLE:
Lille is in close proximity to several major European cities. Most travelers arrive via train from Paris (1 hour), Brussels (40 minutes) or London (1 ½ hours). Lille is also served by an airport served by Air France and several low-cost European airlines. Charleroi Airport in Belgium is also nearby and served by low-cost airlines.
A U.S. Department of State “Consular Information Sheet” on France is available on the Department of State’s Website. This is a U.S. government overview of information concerning France for U.S. travelers. Please check it periodically for updates. In the unlikely event that France is declared an “area of instability” by the U.S. government before or during the trip, or if the U.S. issues a “travel warning” for France, students will be permitted to withdraw from the program and will receive a full refund of monies paid to MC Law.
GETTING FROM BERLIN:
Berlin is serviced by two airports. The primary airport is Tegel (TXL) and the secondary airport is Schönefeld (SXF). Both are accessible by public transportation or taxi.
A U.S. Department of State “Consular Information Sheet” on Germany is available on the Department of State’s Website. This is a U.S. government overview of information concerning Germany for U.S. travelers. Please check it periodically for updates. In the unlikely event that Germany is declared an “area of instability” by the U.S. government before or during the trip, or if the U.S. issues a “travel warning” for France, students will be permitted to withdraw from the program and will receive a full refund of monies paid to MC Law.
The U.S. Department of State recommends (but does not require) U.S. citizens to register trips abroad with the Department of State. MC Law will register all program participants with the Department of State prior to the program.
For students who are considering international travel and who do not have a current passport or whose passport may need to be renewed, it is important to allow a minimum of six weeks to process your passport application or passport renewal application. Demand for passport renewals and applications is currently very high so that early application is very important.
Travel and health insurance is strongly recommended for students participating in the Lille program. There are various providers with the cost, depending on the coverage purchased, ranging from approximately $100 to $200. Travel Guard (http://www.travelguard.com) is one such provider, as is iNext (www.inext.com). Your policy should, at a minimum, cover medical expenses, travel interruption/cancellation and repatriation.
Professor Richard Meyer
Applications and required documents should be submitted to Professor Meyer.