Israeli Law School Opens Its Doors to Overseas Students
One of Israel’s leading law schools, the College of Law and Business (CLB), has announced the opening of international degree programs for overseas English speakers. Offering participants three degree tracks, CLB’s international program is the first of its kind in Israel. Overseas students will now be able to earn a bilingual English/Hebrew undergraduate law degree (LLB) in three and a half years; an all-English Business Administration BA with internships in three years; or both, graduating with two degrees in hand after only four years of study.
The new CLB program is truly international. Not only is it designed for English speakers, it also promotes the concept of degree portability, allowing graduates to utilize their degrees in educational institutions and workplaces around the world and start work in relevant jobs right after graduation. Graduates of the law degree track are eligible not only for the Israeli Bar, but can use their degree to take the New York and California State Bar.
Students in the law degree track will also be able to participate in exchange programs at American law schools like IIT-Kent College of Law in Chicago and Fordham Law University and earn their Masters of Law degree (LL.M.) with only one additional semester, giving them both an LL.B. and LL.M. after a combined four years of study.
To ease the entry of English speakers into the world of Israeli law, the bilingual LLB degree is taught entirely in English for the first year and includes an intensive judicial Hebrew language learning program. In addition, Hebrew peer- mentoring is provided throughout to assist students’ transition to the Hebrew portion of their studies. Assignments and exams can be submitted in English.
According to Professor Yaad Rotem, Dean of the Law school at CLB: ”To teach international law in Israel, Hebrew has to be part of the program. Students learn the law of the land, the legal culture here, and how to operate within the legal system. For the English part of the program, we take students further and expand to such fields of international law, human rights and corporate responsibility, venture capital and High-tech law, so that Israel is their foundation for a world-view perspective.“
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The Business Administration BA track, which is taught completely in English, also offers educational on-campus clinics and study tours of China, and focuses on international commercial law and the implications of globalization on management. During the three years of study, students are encouraged to partake in professional internships in firms located in the Tel-Aviv area.
Professor Yoram Mitki, Head of the Business school states: “CLB’s graduates stand out in the competitive Job market. Students in the Business degree program have the choice of internships in order to gain professional skills and experience. We aim for students to graduate here with a rich resume, work-ready, and on the right path towards a bright career.”
Small School with Big Connections, for a Great Future
During the Summers, students can choose to tour the country, go back to their home country, or gain experience in an internship. As part of CLB’s international program, participating students are offered internships, workshops, and seminars both in Israel and abroad in top institutions including Harvard, Oxford, Paris, Kassel, Berlin and Frankfurt.
The President of the College of Law and Business, Professor Moshe Cohen-Eliya, explains that the program isn’t for everyone. “If you’re a self-motivated, driven individual seeking a future as a law-savvy business leader, a corporate lawyer, or a catalyst for social change, then CLB is the perfect choice for you. Academic excellence and practical experience, from a global perspective is what motivates our students. You take your future seriously- and so do we. We’re a small school with big connections, which we’ll use for your great future.”
The degree tracks offered by the College of Law and Business are more affordable than the American counterparts, and are competitively priced at $10,000 per academic year, or $12,000 per annum for the double degree track. Some financial assistance in the form of scholarships and grants are available.
Classes for the College of Law and Business’ new international programs will commence in October 2016. The enrollment for international degree program for overseas English speakers is offered completely in English through private company Lirom Global Education– Study in Israel LLC (http://best.universityinisrael.com/CLB-dual), where students are given personal attention and support throughout the application and admission process towards their life-changing transition into Israeli students.
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