Alicia Dixon: Why I chose to study abroad in law school

Alicia Dixon is a 2020 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. She participated in the semester program at Georgetown in London in Transnational Legal Studies.

As someone whose area of ​​interest is very international, I loved that the Center for Transnational Legal Studies is all about transnational law. The idea of ​​studying in London also appealed to me.

CTLS is, hands down, one of the best things I did in law school, if not the best thing. I have closer relationships with some of the students and professors who were with me at CTLS than with people I saw every day in law school for three years. The social aspect of CTLS is incomparable. You just don’t get the same experience in more traditional study abroad programs.

Academics are also simply fascinating. I feel like I learned more in my course on migration and human rights at CTLS than in almost any other course I took in law school. It is truly refreshing and revealing to remember that the American legal system does not exist in a vacuum and to discuss the context of legal issues globally. You learn things about international legal systems that you would otherwise never be exposed to. I was so lucky to be in the last group before the pandemic, so I really had the full experience that we now have to return to so slowly.

Do you think your participation in the study abroad program benefited your law school experience in any way? Or did it benefit you, yourself in some way? How? ‘Or’ What?

Absoutely. First, CTLS puts you in a situation where you have to befriend people from all over the world or be alone for four months. It really sharpens your ability to navigate a multicultural environment. It also gives you a new perspective on courses and legal issues, as you get voices and opinions that you would never have considered in your class in the United States.

Not to mention, it’s a great networking experience, especially if you have the slightest interest in international law. You become very close to your peers and teachers, and you never know when those relationships might help you down the road.

For more stories and what to know before you go, read the Winter 2022 issue of The National Jurist magazine.

Nancy I. Romero