Over the past year, I’ve spent time in Rome, Glasgow, Vienna, Mons, The Hague, Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou on behalf of St. John’s University School of Law. I’ve visited our students interning at international organizations and have greeted students interested in joining the St. John’s family. I’ve reconnected with alumni around the world and have had meetings with top international lawyers from the most prestigious organizations. I’ve embraced other cultures and have learned more about myself than I thought I ever would. And this blog (and the story behind it) played a major role in all these developments. My experience as a 2L intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia played a major role in my decision to become an international programs administrator. As I begin working with students interested in similar experiences, I thought this would be a great opportunity to update the Field Notes blog and set the stage for the site’s most ambitious year yet!
At St. John’s, all students are afforded international opportunities and experiences. Our students spend a semester working for NATO’s office in Mons, Belgium through the NATO Practicum. They spend a semester working at a UN agency, international organization or criminal tribunal in Vienna, Geneva or The Hague through the International Practicum. They spend a semester studying at the University of Glasgow through our Academic Exchange Program. They spend a portion of the summer studying in Rome or Paris through our Summer Study Abroad Program or learn about comparative legal systems in another country through the Dean’s Travel Study Program. And many take the same path that I did and work abroad during the 1L or 2L summer through our International Internships Program. Providing these students with a platform to share these experiences with their families, friends and classmates was the initial purpose of Field Notes. I’m so excited to continuing sharing this space with them.
In addition, we have former correspondents based in China and Afghanistan, whose thoughts and insights will become more regularized on the blog. Conan Ju ’13 is the U.S. General Counsel at Shanghai Easyfly Aviation Technology Company. Jessica Wright ’14 is an international lawyer at Rosenstock Legal Services in Kabul. Continuing to follow our alumni around the world is an added bonus, and I look forward to reading and sharing their stories.
And as for me? Stay tuned, as we continue bringing St. John’s to the world.