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Lessons Learned from Studying Public International Law at Ghent University

While opportunities to study international law abound, law students have very few chances to work alongside experts in any specific area of international law.  I was fortunate enough, from May through the end of June 2012, to work as a research intern at Universiteit Gent (Ghent University in Ghent, Belgium) due to the recommendation I received from my legal writing professor, Professor Christina Bennett. I conducted research with specialists in International Environmental law and the Law of the Sea. My projects included writing about U.S.

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Student Loan Advice from Heather Jarvis

Heather Jarvis is an attorney and student loan expert who graduated from Duke University School of Law with $125,000 in student loan debt. After working as a public interest attorney, she went to work for a nonprofit organization in Washington D.C. with the desire to break down the financial barriers to practicing public interest law.

Jarvis helped pass the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, and she now works to educate students about what they can do to better deal with their own student loan debts.

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LRW Celebrates National Punctuation Day

“A comma is not a state of being.”

Members of the OU Law Legal Research and Writing department recently celebrated the 9th Annual National Punctuation Day with muffins in the shape of a giant question mark.  National organizers of the celebration use the day to honor “. . . the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.”

Visit the website at www.nationalpunctuationday.com for more information, including the recipe for the official meat loaf! 

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Pop Tabs for a Cause

They’re sprouting up all around the law school:  containers with labels asking people to deposit “pop tabs” from their cans.  You are probably wondering What could they possibly want with these?   Who’s behind the collection campaign?  Well, let us tell you.

This campaign to collect pop tabs is another step in the College of Law’s walk with Pros For Africa.  A formal collaboration between OU Law and PFA began in February 2011 and has allowed law students to travel to Uganda, Morocco, Zambia and to do summer externships in South Africa.

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LSFA and ILSA Enjoy Day at the Zoo

Law Students for Africa and the International Law Student Association teamed up recently for a fun day at the Oklahoma City Zoo.  Our goal this year is to expose our international students to as much as possible, not just within the school, but also throughout the state. We want them to experience Oklahoma in every aspect.  Additionally, we planned this outing to talk about the mission of Law Students for Africa in an informal and relaxed setting. We discussed several things that we hope to accomplish this year as a group as well as what we hope to achieve long term in the future.

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