Posted Feb 22, 2011 08:24 pm CST
University of Colorado third-year law students enrolled in a new class will travel to Bangalore, India, during spring break to gain a better understanding of U.S. laws.
The CU course, which is a clinical study focusing on juvenile and family law, is taking 15 students to India to compare four sections of family law, including child abuse, sex trafficking, women’s rights and domestic violence, the Colorado Daily reported. Students traveling to India must write a paper on one of the four topics and base it on research conducted during the trip, the Colorado Daily reported.
“When we’re comparing India’s legal system to ours there are a lot of differences that help us question the fundamental concepts that we take for granted and give us an opportunity to learn something that’s completely different but also very valid,” Justine Pierce, a third-year law student, told the Colorado Daily.
With the course likely to be offered every spring, CU professors are already contemplating travel destinations for future classes, the Colorado Daily reported.
The class is covered by the students’ tuition, and the law school has contributed $11,000 to the program, but the trip is still expected to cost an extra $2,000 per student, the Colorado Daily reported. Students are planning fundraising events to help cover the costs, but any remaining expenses will come from their pockets.