Students are covered under the MSU Medical Insurance and Evacuation fee (PDF) referred to above for medical care.
Michigan State University College of Law reserves the right to cancel the Program in the unlikely event of insufficient enrollment. Applicants will be notified of cancellation as soon as possible. In the unlikely event of such cancellation, there will be a full refund of tuition and activity fees.
Students must have completed one year of full- or part-time law study and must be in good standing at an ABA-approved or state accredited law school. Applicants must furnish a letter from their dean or registrar certifying their current good standing prior to the commencement of the program. Enrollment is limited to 20 students. A limited number of spaces have been reserved for students not currently attending Michigan State University College of Law.
The Program has planned three optional trips to take place on the weekends of June 27-30, July 6-7, and July 13-14. The first trip combines the Program field trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Memorial with a weekend in Krakow. This trip has been described by many participants as one of the best opportunities in the Program. The trip will involve travel by train from Bialystok to Krakow, the cultural and historical center of Polish history and culture. Accommodations will vary – based on availability we will reserve rooms at Krakow-based hostels and comfortable mid-level tourist hotels located in or near the historic Old Town of Krakow. In Krakow, trip participants will have the opportunity to tour an extraordinary array of cultural institutions ranging from Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarter, the Krakow market square and associated history, art, and archeological museums, and side trips to nearby attractions such as Oskar Schindler’s factory (made famous in Steven Spielberg’s 1999 film, Schindler’s List) and the Wieliczka Salt Mines.
The most important and moving aspect of this trip is the Program field trip of the site of the Auschwitz/Birkenau Nazi concentration camps, located approximately an hour outside of Krakow. In the opinion of the program director, nothing better illustrates the importance of maintaining strong conceptions of the rule of law than the vivid and painful images and exhibits of monstrous inhumanity and perversion preserved at this site. This is a must-see experience.
Depending on train schedules for returning to Bialystok, classes on Monday, July 1, may be rescheduled to later in the day.
The remaining optional trips involve cultural, historical, and ecological tourism in the Podlasie region, possible trips to Warsaw, and a relaxing trip to a popular spa in nearby Lithuania. More information on these trips will be made available in late-Spring 2013.