Student assistant for the “Nuremberg to the Hague” summer study abroad program
Alison Seaborne, JD’18, wanted a unique law school experience. She knew she’d found it when she learned about the Nuremberg Summer Program with Creighton University School of Law. This program, a month-long summer study abroad experience, offers an opportunity to learn firsthand about the Holocaust and development of international criminal law. Student participants study in and visit Nuremberg, the Bavarian city that hosted the Nazi war crimes trials after World War II, and The Hague in the Netherlands.
For Seaborne – and nearly 150 other students since the program’s inception in 2012 – the immersive program has had a great impact. She shares how it has shaped her legal education.
What year did you attend the Nuremberg summer program? Why did you decide to go back the next summer?
I participated in the Nuremberg program the summer after my 1L year. Professor [Sean] Watts and Dean [Michael] Kelly asked me if I would be a student assistant to help with the program. Part of this role is recruiting new students and assisting in organizing the informational meetings for the program. Lucky for me, this role gave me the opportunity to go for part of the program the next summer.
You have said that the Nuremberg program was the main reason you decided to come to Creighton law school. How did you find out about this program when researching law schools?
I received some informational materials from Creighton and decided to check out the website. Once I saw the Nuremberg program, I wanted to be a part of this once-in a-lifetime opportunity.
I knew during law school I wanted to do a study abroad program and this program felt like it was designed specifically for me. I had always wanted to go to Germany and I have always been interested in WWII and the Holocaust.
What are the most memorable/inspiring parts of this program?
For me, the best part of the program was being where history took place, because I developed a unique perspective and respect for the work in this area of law. By seeing where these events took place, I found it easier to understand how international criminal law was born and then developed. By the end of the trip, I had visited so many breathtaking places and felt like Nuremberg was my home.
How do you think you will use the concepts you learned with program in your upcoming career as an attorney? Has the program influenced how you wish to practice law?
By having had the opportunity to see how an area of law developed, I can better understand the process of how law changes. Now I can see the reactive nature of law. This is useful for understanding law and being able to see the policy reasons for the way law is written.