Alabama Law Welcomes Australian Students for Summer Exchange Program

The Law School’s Summer Exchange Program with the Australian National University (ANU) College of Law has entered its nineteenth year with the arrival of 10 law students, as well as one visiting law professor, from the ANU.  They arrived in Tuscaloosa on January 5 for a five-week visit at the Law School.

The ANU students are taking a class on Comparative Supreme Courts and a Survey of U.S. Law, said Professor William Andreen, Director of the UA-ANU Exchange Program. The comparative law class, which is also being offered to Alabama Law students, is being team-taught by Alabama Law Professor Heather Elliott and Dr. Heather Roberts from the ANU law faculty.

During their stay, the Australian students will visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Alabama Supreme Court, the Tuscaloosa County Jail, the Rosa Parks Museum, the new Legacy Museum in Montgomery, and Bryant-Denny Stadium.

For five weeks this coming summer, a group of 10 Culverhouse Law students will, in turn, travel to the ANU in Canberra, where they will take a Survey of Australian Law as well as the Comparative Supreme Courts class.  During their trip, the UA students will visit the Australian High Court, the local Supreme Court, the Commonwealth Parliament, and a local aboriginal legal aid office – in addition to meeting some kangaroos, koalas, and emus at a nearby nature preserve.