Specialization in Israeli Law Announced

Teaneck, NJ (June 14, 2006) — Fairleigh Dickinson University has announced a new specialization in Israeli law as part of its Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies (BAIS) degree. The new program has been established in cooperation with Ono Academic College, home to Israel’s largest law school.

"FDU hopes to admit its first class to the new program in October 2006," said Willard Gingerich, FDU's University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

According to David Rosen, professor of anthropology at FDU's College at Florham, “this program provides a broad legal education in addition to helping students analyze events, develop written and verbal competency, and enhance negotiation and decision-making skills. Graduates of this program will be able to work in a wide variety of disciplines.” Rosen, who is fluent in Hebrew and holds a Ph.D. and J.D., will direct and teach in the new program.

The program's three-year course of study encompasses 120 academic credits; including 30 credits in Israeli law and another 60 credits in law-related courses that will be taught in Hebrew. The remaining 30 credits in general and interdisciplinary studies will be taught in English. All classes will meet on Sundays and Wednesday afternoons on FDU’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, NJ.

“According to the agreement,” said Kenneth T. Vehrkens, Dean of Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies, “Ono Academic College will advise Fairleigh Dickinson University on course content for Israeli law and other law-related courses so that these courses are comparable to those studied in Israel. Moreover, Ono Academic College will grant academic credit for certain courses studied at FDU so that students who choose to do so may return to Israel and enter law studies at Ono Academic College, earning their LLB following one additional year of study.”

Courses in the new program include contract law, constitutional law, civil and criminal procedure, public and private international law, corporate and tax law, tort, as well as property and environmental law.

Graduates of the program will receive a bachelor’s degree (BAIS) with a specialization in Israeli law from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Graduates of Ono Academic College who hold an LLB are eligible for internships in Israel and, upon completion of their internships, are eligible for the Israel Bar Association examinations.

For applications, admissions counseling and assistance with registration, call (212) 984-0750 or e-mail ilaw@fdu.com.

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