Eligibility Requirements   

Externship at the European Court of Justice


 

Applications are due to Professors Tracy Kaye or Catherine McCauliff.  The application is available here for download. More details available below.



The purpose of the Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program is to promote mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and the European Union in the context of the legal profession.  It is therefore open to American citizens and legal permanent residents only.  Priority will be given to applicants who have completed three years of law school and who have a strong knowledge of Community Law.  As noted above, some knowledge of French is required, varying with the type of stage.  Knowledge of an EU language other than French and English is an advantage, and generally necessary for a stage with an Advocate General. 

Priority will be given to applicants who have completed three years of law school and who have a strong knowledge of Community Law.  As noted in the "Dean Acheson Stage Categories" section, some knowledge of French* is required, varying with the type of stage.  Knowledge of an EU language other than French and English is an advantage, and generally necessary for a stage with an Advocate General.  * ROSETTA STONE SOFTWARE is available in Study Room 330 located in the Rodino Library.  Study room signup is required and can be completed online here.

As an externship for academic credit, the program is only available to third-year students who have a minimum GPA of 3.30, have completed the course in European Union Law (Fall semester availability) or European Union Business Law Seminar (Spring semester availability), and possess proficiency in French. "Students who are planning on applying to this program should complete the European Union Law or European Business Law course by their second or third-year of law school. A description of the European Union Law course is available here.

Note that European Union Law is a prerequisite to participation in the Dean Acheson Externship at the Court of Justice of the European Union and the General Court (specializing in antitrust/competition law) in Luxembourg. The Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program, sponsored by the European Court of Justice and the American Embassy in Luxembourg, promotes the understanding of European Union Law among American lawyers. The Legal Stage Program is an extraordinary opportunity for third year law students and recent graduates to engage in substantive research and work with a Judge or Advocate General of the Court of Justice or a Judge of the General Court.

This is the only time this course will be offered this academic year and nominations are made by the Dean every April 1st. Thus, any rising second year student who wishes to apply for the Stage program during their third year (for fall term 2015 or spring term 2016), must take this class this summer. Furthermore, any rising third year student who intends to apply for the Stage program after they graduate, must take this class this summer as it will not be offered again before their graduation. For more information on the Dean Acheson Program, please consult the website or contact Professors Kaye or McCauliff.

 

SELECTION PROCESS

 

Students are nominated by the Dean on May 1st of each year for either the fall or spring semester. Only three nominees per participating school are allowed.


Seton Hall Law
Dean Acheson Stage Participants

Beata Safari '17
Ariel Risinger '15
Catherine Savio '15
Yasmine Fulena '14
Anthony Marroney Noto '11
Elizabeth Dawson '05
Eileen Quinn Steiner '01
Christina Eoanna Giallourakis '00
Janine Tramontana '99
Mel Marquis '97
Aurora Rodriguez de Aragon '97
William Matsikoudis '97
Susan Ludwigson '96

 

Participating
Law Schools

American University
Arizona State University
Boston University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Duke University
Fordham University
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Harvard University
New York University
Northwestern University
Seton Hall University
Stanford University
Southern Methodist University
University of Alabama
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, LA
University of Chicago
University of Connecticut
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Southern California
University of Texas at Austin
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Washington University, St. Louis
Yale University