It was a unique opportunity to learn about timely international issues from both Duke and Leiden faculty, with the ability to travel thorough Europe on the weekends being an added bonus! The institute was definitely the highlight of my 1L year.
Duke- Leiden was a phenomenal and highly immersive experience. Taught by both Duke and Leiden professors, the classes offered a unique perspective not often seen in coursework at American law schools. I loved spending the summer in The Hague, experiencing Dutch culture, and traveling with a wonderful group of peers and professors.
It was an incredible opportunity to study international law in The Hague, the legal capital of the world. I built relationships with preeminent legal practitioners, and observed proceedings at the International Criminal Court.
This will assuredly be the best possible investment of your time, money, and academic odyssey -- a perfectly curated program that caters to both cosmopolitanism and legal interests. After completing this institute, my world outlook has entirely changed: I view the globe as an interconnected being -- one that I look forward to learning more about every day on a granular level.
The experience was invaluable for on-campus interviews, as all of my interviewers wanted to hear about what I'd learned and seen. I truly felt like it helped differentiate me from other applicants, having been able to be a part of a very close group of peers and professors who were truly passionate about the subjects. Our conversations in class bled into conversations outside of class, and the cohort grew quite close!