Lawyers Journal

Southern New England School of Law students take part in tribunals

Students at Southern New England School of Law (SNESL) in North Dartmouth have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to intern with the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Meeting in The Hague, Netherlands and Arusha, Tanzania, the tribunals are charged with prosecuting persons allegedly responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law.

SNESL is one of only two law schools in the nation offering students credit for participation in these unique internships (the other is Boston College Law School). Typically, students investigate pending cases and draft documents such as indictments. They also assist judges and prosecutors in the actual trying of cases before the Tribunals. Students spend an entire semester in The Hague or Arusha and earn up to six credits for their work.

“It is a tremendous honor for Southern New England School of Law to have been asked to become a partner in this internationally-crucial endeavor,” said Dean Robert V. Ward, Jr.

“Unlike Boston College, we do not have extensive financial resources to support students involved in programs abroad, but we wanted our students to be able to pursue this opportunity.”

Ward said SNESL administrators are brainstorming creative financing ideas and reaching out to the legal community for support.

Founded in 1981, SNESL is an independent law school providing quality legal education at an affordable price. With day and evening divisions, the school has students of all ages, races and national origins.

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