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US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Teach Students in STCL Houston’s Malta Summer Program

Law students from across the country will have the opportunity to learn from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this summer in Valletta, Malta. Justice Ginsburg will teach during the third session of South Texas College of Law Houston’s study abroad program at the University of Malta’s Valletta campus the week of July 4.

The Honorable Justice Ginsburg will provide a retrospective of prominent Supreme Court cases over the past year, conduct a Q&A session, and attend a reception for participating students and faculty in her honor.

“Justice Ginsburg’s participation with the Malta study abroad program will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students to interact with one of our nation’s most preeminent legal minds,” said South Texas College of Law Houston President and Dean Donald J. Guter. “We are tremendously honored that she has agreed to share her perspectives on the groundbreaking cases of the past year with our students. Her insight and involvement surely will become an unforgettable milestone in these students’ legal education.”

Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), the Malta program is one of several international legal study abroad options available to South Texas College of Law Houston students through the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education (CILE), which includes California Western School of Law, New England Law | Boston, and Mitchell Hamline School of Law, in addition to STCL Houston. The Malta program features international and comparative law courses taught by faculty members from CILE-member law schools.

Registration is open to students in good standing who have completed at least one year at any national ABA-accredited law school. Participants will receive from four to seven hours of transferable credit, depending on the sessions they choose to attend.

In the past several years, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the late Justice Antonin G. Scalia also have taught in international study abroad programs offered through CILE-affiliated schools in Malta, England, Ireland, Chile, and the Czech Republic.

Justice Ginsburg, appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, is the second female justice to sit on the High Court. She attended Harvard Law School and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. Prior to taking her seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, she served as judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and professor of law at Rutgers University School of Law and Columbia Law School.

“Very few students or attorneys have the opportunity to learn from our nation’s leading jurists throughout their law school or professional careers,” said Wanda Morrow, assistant dean of student organizations and foreign programs at South Texas College of Law Houston. “Through this intimate, interactive course led by Justice Ginsburg, students will learn firsthand about the analysis of our country’s most controversial cases from one of the current eight justices responsible for interpreting the laws of our land.”

As enrollment is limited, students interested in this study abroad program are encouraged to register early at www.stcl.edu/academics/foreign-programs.