Leaders from the University of Iowa and the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs gathered earlier this month to sign a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) that increases collaboration between the College of Law and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry. Mr. Skender Durmishi, director of the Academy signed the MOU along with Law Dean Gail Agrawal and UI Associate Provost Downing Thomas.
In September, an initial MOU was signed in Des Moines between the College of Law and the Foreign Ministry that created an externship program abroad for UI law students.
The agreements grew out of a June trip to Kosovo by UI Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs Adrien Wing and Clinical Professor Nathan Miller.
“We are delighted to expand our relationship with the Foreign Ministry at this important time in Kosovo’s history. We will have programs aimed at students, staff, and faculty from both countries,” Wing says.
The initial agreement involving the externship hasbecome part of UI Law’s field placement program, which offers quality educational experiences that involve students in the performance of legal work in government or non-profit agencies, criminal prosecution or defense offices, state and federal judges’ chambers, international law offices and agencies, as well as in a limited number of private practice and corporate settings. In addition to earning credit for their field work, students in field placements participate in a class or tutorial, led by a faculty member, designed to maximize and supplement the experiential learning.
For more on the field placement program, visit: http://law.uiowa.edu/internships-and-externships/field-placement-programs