UA-ANU Summer School Program Celebrates Its 15th Year


Seated – Kaylin Oldham, Ashley Austin, Roenika Wiggins, Rachel Hornbuckle, Devan Byrd; Standing – Catie Malone, Dylan Moore, Nathan Edwards, Jeremy Dalrymple, Samantha Pline.

Ten UA law students have just returned from studying at the Australian National University College of Law.  The group spent a month at the ANU, where they took a Survey of Australian Law taught by the ANU faculty and Comparative Race Law, which was team-taught by Anne Macduff of the ANU faculty and UA law professor Bryan Fair. The program was directed by professor Bill Andreen who started the program 15 years ago.
While in Canberra, the students also met with Chief Justice of the Australian High Court; Andrew Leigh, MP; the legal team at the U.S. Embassy; and lawyers at the local Aboriginal Legal Services office. In addition, they visited the ACT Supreme Court and toured both Parliament House and the Museum of Democracy.
This summer school program is rather unique in that ANU law students also participated in the Comparative Law course and because 10 ANU law students travel to Tuscaloosa every January-February to study at the law school. The ANU students, moreover, are accompanied by one of their law professors who teaches in Tuscaloosa.  Since its inception in 2001, 133 Alabama law students and 139 students from the ANU have participated in this summer school exchange program.