Study abroad students find that networking is not just local anymore.

In the WMU-Cooley Down Under Study Abroad program, law students spend lots of quality time with faculty. Director of the Program and WMU-Cooley Professor Kim O’Leary has come to know and appreciate program students and enjoys working with them. The students bring with them a love of travel and an inclination toward international law.

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During social visits, legal visits, informal gatherings and just in the break room around the law school, O’Leary and international faculty from the University of Waikato and Monash University exchange ideas with the students about careers, travel and life.

University staff share what it is like to live in Hamilton or Melbourne. O’Leary and her husband and daughter have hosted the students at their apartments in New Zealand and in Melbourne, providing home-cooked meals and relaxed conversation. International faculty — some recognized in world arenas — and Kiwi & Aussie lawyers have mixed with students in backyard barbeques around the pool and outings to the mountains and the beach.

Everywhere, students ask questions about the law in other cultures — what is legal practice like in NZ or Australia? What career paths are open in the international arena? Networking is not just local anymore!

WMU-Cooley Law School Professor Kimberly E. O’Leary is directing the law school’s foreign study program in New Zealand and Australia. She and her students are sharing their experiences throughout the Hilary 2016 semester.

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