Global Quarter

Franke Fellows in Global Business Law

This spring, 22 students will be selected as Franke Fellows to participate in the 2023 Global Quarter (Europe): an intensive, customized quarter focused on global business law and policy, with particular emphasis on the regulation, financing and dispute resolution of international business ventures.

During the spring quarter of 2023, Franke Fellows will spend 7 weeks on campus followed by a 3 week long, immersive experience in London, Geneva, Berlin and Frankfurt. Travel, lodging and most weekday meals will be covered by the Franke Fellowship, thanks to the generosity of W.A. Franke (‘61). Fellows will also meet occasionally through the year.

The Franke Global Business Law Fellowship and the Global Quarter is a one-of-a-kind opportunity available only at SLS. It provides an immersive experience in the world of international business, law and policy.

This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in global business, transactional or international work, or a general counsel position. The fellowship will help students develop the skills, conceptual tools and international experiences to prepare them for a globalizing world and for careers in business, law and policy. Franke Fellows will receive 8 units of experiential learning and satisfy SLS’s Pathway B requirement.

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Coursework

Franke Fellows will spend the first 7 weeks of the spring quarter on the SLS campus taking the following required courses: International Business Transactions, Regulation & Litigation (3 units), Comparative Corporate Law and Governance (3 units), Advanced Contracts: Commercial Transactions (2 units), and Global Business Law & Policy (1 unit) for a total of 9 credits. Students should have already taken Corporations.

Students may elect to take Introduction to Finance (2 units) if they have already taken one of the required courses. 

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Field Study in Europe

Following the on-campus coursework, faculty and Franke Fellows will travel to London, Geneva, Berlin, and Frankfurt for a total of 3 weeks.* SLS students and faculty will interact with foreign law students and academics, and engage in simulations and negotiations over international business and investment. In addition, Franke Fellows will consult with regulators, lawyers, and business leaders at multinational firms to learn the professional skills required to face the legal, business and cultural challenges arising in global business transactions.

Franke Fellows will receive at least 14 units of credit for the quarter: 9 units for classes on SLS campus and 5 units for the field study.

The field study will end in early June, in time for 3L’s to attend SLS graduation.

*The precise destinations and itinerary are subject to the health and travel conditions in spring 2023.

FAQs

What classes will be offered?

During the Global Quarter, Franke Fellows will take the following courses:

  • International Business Transactions, Regulation & Litigation (3 units)
  • Comparative Corporate Law and Governance (3 units)
  • Advanced Contracts: Commercial Transactions (2 units)
  • Global Business Law & Policy Seminar: Europe (1 unit), and
  • Global Business Law Field Study: Europe (5 units)
What if I have already taken one of the required courses?

Students who have already taken one of the required courses may elect to take Introduction to Finance (2 units) instead.

Are there any prerequisites to be a Franke Fellow or for any of these courses?

Yes, students must take Corporations before beginning the Global Quarter.

How many units of credit will I receive for the Global Quarter?

Franke Fellows who take the core required courses will receive 14 units of credit for the quarter: 9 units for classes on SLS campus and 5 units for the field study. If you have already taken one of the core courses, you may take Introduction to Finance instead.

How will students be selected?

We will select students who will benefit most from the experience, so we will consider applicants’ career and educational goals, as well as background. We are hoping for a mix of student interests and backgrounds.

What will it cost?

Franke Fellows are responsible for their standard quarterly tuition, but SLS will cover travel, lodging, and most weekday meals.

Why do I want to spend a whole quarter on global business law?

21st century lawyers must be prepared for a transnational legal practice. This one-of–a-kind experience will give students the conceptual background, analytical tools and global exposure necessary to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world. You’ll make contacts in England, Germany, and Switzerland and learn about one of the most dynamic regions in the world. It is terrific preparation for students interested in business law or an in-house position.

Will SLS Faculty go on the trip?

Yes. The Field Study will be led by Curtis Milhaupt, George Triantis, and Rob Daines. Other SLS faculty will join throughout the three-week trip.

When does the Field Study end?

The Field Study will end in early June, in time for students to return for SLS graduation or continue traveling if they choose.

Yes. You do not have to participate in the Global Quarter to take these courses. They will simply end early in the quarter.

Do I have to go on the Global Quarter if I apply now?

No. Applications to the Global Quarter are due June 3, 2022 and we will notify students about acceptance in mid-June 2022. You’ll have the chance then to make a final choice about enrolling.

Will enrollment in the Global Quarter satisfy my experiential learning requirement?

Yes! Franke Fellows will receive 8 units of experiential learning and satisfy SLS’s Pathway B requirement.

What is Pathway B?

Pathway B (and the Global Quarter) satisfies the experiential learning requirement for graduation.

Can I still take a clinic?

Yes. Franke Fellows are encouraged to enroll in a clinic in a different quarter.

When is the application deadline?

June 3, 2022, Friday. Applications will be available early May 2022.