Widener Law aligns with French law school in new international agreement
Public Relations - Published: June 14, 2012
Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons today announced the school has entered an agreement with the Catholic University of Lyon School of Law for a global law consortium and student exchange program to advance international legal education.

The understanding calls for both schools to cooperate in the creation of joint legal education programs open to students from both institutions. Those programs include:
  • Inclusion of the Lyon school in Widener’s American Law Summer Program, which welcomes students from around the world to study U.S. and Delaware corporate law at Widener’s Wilmington, Del. campus.

  • Expedited admission for top-performing Lyon law graduates, who meet language skills requirements, and who want to pursue a master of laws degree through Widener Law.

  • Development of a semester student exchange program for law students at both schools beginning with the 2012-13 academic year.

  • Exploration of a student summer abroad program in which Widener Law students and faculty would travel abroad to Lyon for immersion in comparative and international law topics. Such a program would involve Widener Law professors serving with Catholic University of Lyon School of Law faculty in Lyon. Widener Law already has summer abroad programs in Venice, Italy and Lausanne, Switzerland.

  • Development of a scholar-in-residence program in which faculty exchanges would allow professors to research and teach between the law schools during the academic year.

  • Presentation of legal conferences that rotate between the schools, with Widener Law offering programs that concentrate on business-, health- or technology-law topics.
Ammons traveled to Lyon immediately after Widener Law’s commencement ceremonies to finalize the agreement. She met with Catholic University of Lyon School of Law officials and sat alongside Dean Franck Violet to sign paperwork making it official.

“This agreement will enrich the educational atmosphere at both of our schools and Widener Law looks forward to all the exciting new opportunities it will bring to our students and faculty,” Ammons said. “Modern times require a global approach to business and learning, and we are pleased to align with the legal education professionals in Lyon to bring more of the world into our classrooms.”

Lyon is the largest French metropolitan area after Paris. It is located in east-central France in the Rhone-Alpes region, roughly two hours from Paris. With a population of 1.3 million people the city is known for its business and technological enterprise, and its vibrant cultural scene. It has an international reputation in engineering, textiles, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and health industries. The Catholic University of Lyon was founded in 1875 and its faculty of law was established that same year. After an interruption in 1969, it was reopened in 1996. It is a highly internationalized institution with nearly 20 percent of its student body hailing from other countries.