Charlotte School of Law Establishes Exchange Program with German Law School

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International Presence Enhances Students’ Experiences, Career Preparation

The respective Deans of the Charlotte School of Law and the Faculty of Law of the University of Münster, a public university located in the city of Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, have signed an agreement that establishes a program allowing student and faculty exchanges, as well as additional cooperative initiatives, including joint courses, summer programs, research and other ventures.

This new partnership expands Charlotte School of Law’s international program and helps establish opportunities for students and faculty to experience different facets of international and comparative law.

“The practice of law truly has become global, and this agreement will enhance the international diversity of our student body while increasing the international legal experiences available to our students,” said Tony Ketron, assistant professor at Charlotte School of Law and Chair of its International Team, who visited the University of Münster and helped establish the program and its parameters.

The University of Münster is the fifth-largest university in Germany with nearly 40,000 students engaging in 250 fields of study. The Münster Faculty of Law is one of Germany’s oldest and most highly regarded law schools with over 5,000 students in its undergraduate law and LLM programs.

Qualified students at each institution will be able to participate in the exchange program for up to two semesters. The American Bar Association allows up to one-third of a student’s credits to come from an approved foreign university, Ketron said. Students from both schools are required to have the appropriate visas in place, and establishing the infrastructure to initiate that process will take additional time, he said.

The agreement with University of Münster’s Faculty of Law falls in line with the four goals of Charlotte School of Law’s International Team, which are to: develop opportunities for exchange programs; develop and enhance a robust international curriculum; provide future international employment and networking opportunities; and create the proper infrastructure to support these initiatives.

“This agreement builds on the work of the team that has established relationships, programs and student field work in China, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa,” said Dennis Stone, interim dean of Charlotte School of Law. “This is just one of many programs in development to ensure that our students are prepared for 21st century practice and the shrinking world that we live in.”

“The University of Münster Faculty of Law proved to be a good match with our school because it offers several law courses in English,” Ketron said. “In addition, the city of Münster is a beautiful city with a rich cultural heritage that is easily accessible from Charlotte for travelling students and faculty.”

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Charlotte School of Law, fully accredited by the American Bar Association, offers a student-centered orientation that focuses on the hands-on learning needed to equip graduates with leadership, management and interpersonal skills needed for career success. As the only law school in North Carolina’s most populous city, Charlotte School of Law offers full-time and part-time day programs as well as an evening part-time program for working professionals. On the Web at

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