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In current times, employers are looking for resumes containing more than just previous jobs and internships. According to U.S. News, experts say law school admission officers are more intrigued by applicants who have accomplished a lot within a specific extracurricular activity or a particular career field.
Involvement in a study abroad program can enhance a student’s resume and also give new perspectives and skills to students looking to expand their education internationally.
Arizona State University's School of Social Transformation is sponsoring a pre-spring study abroad program in London, where students are immersed in the hands-on practice and study of law. In the span of two weeks, students are given the opportunity to visit four different law firms and participate in criminal, human rights and civil case reviews with attorneys.
They are also able to meet one-on-one with practicing attorneys who can answer all questions relating to law school. Students will be given time to prepare their personal statements and resume, and study for the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) in an international and immersive experience.
Gregory Broberg, the faculty director for the program and lecturer at the School of Social Transformation, said study abroad experiences like this are not only helpful in expanding students' world views, but also beneficial for those looking to go into law school to strengthen their resumes.
“I get a number of students who ask for a law school recommendation each semester," Broberg said. "Last semester alone I wrote seven letters for law school admissions. In addition to a number of acceptances to ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, I also had students accepted into Georgetown and University of Pennsylvania. What makes the difference is the diverse experiences they included in their resume. A pre-law study abroad is this type of opportunity.”
Aside from being a strong addition to a resume, study abroad experiences can give students lasting leadership and communicative skills.
Mandy Nydegger, the assistant director for faculty-directed programs and curriculum integration at the Study Abroad Office, said global experiences can enhance students' life skills beyond the classroom.
“Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity that allows students to develop and hone important transferable skills that employers value. Critical thinking, problem solving, adaptability, communication, and decision-making are all traits that can be strengthened by a global experience,” Nydegger said.
To learn more about this and the 250-plus other study-abroad programs in more than 65 different countries offered at ASU, see the Study Abroad Office website.