Campbell Law launches summer study abroad program in Ghana

Photo of Dean J. Rich Leonard poses with Dean Kujo McDave of Cape Coast School of Law in Ghana.

RALEIGH —  In furtherance of a commitment Dean J. Rich Leonard made at his installation five years ago to globalize the Campbell Law experience, the law school is launching a three-week study abroad program in Ghana this summer.

The program (May 19-June 10, 2019) will provide participating students with a unique cultural, educational and professional experience in partnership with the University of Cape Coast School of Law.

In addition to their legal coursework, students will travel to Accra, Ghana’s capital and the legal and economic center of the country, to visit the major institutions of government and commerce there. Trips will also be taken to a variety of historical sites throughout the country.  Cape Coast was the center of the British slave trade for three centuries, and visits to the forts and castles where that trade was centered will be an integral part of the trip.

“I have been traveling to Africa for many years in both a professional and personal capacity and believe this unique experience will offer our students insights into legal structures and communities they would never otherwise experience,” Dean Leonard said. “I believe we’ve packed an entire study abroad experience into this tight timeline that is designed to work with the students’ summer externships, law firm positions and other commitments.”

Campbell Law Assistant Dean of Administration Zeke Bridges will accompany Professors Tuneen Chisolm, Shawn Fields and Kevin Lee, who have developed the curriculum, and will use University of Cape Coast professors as resources in teaching four credit hours in Comparative Law and International Human Rights Law.

Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,200 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. Throughout 2019, Campbell Law is celebrating 40 years of graduating legal leaders and 10 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.



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