Widener Law welcomes first students studying through exchange agreement with French law school
Public Relations - Published: April 8, 2013
The first group of students to study at Widener Law through a new agreement with the Catholic University of Lyon School of Law in France say they are enjoying their time in Delaware and are finding the educational experience far different than in Europe.

Purity Sifundza, Velislava Lucheva and Romain Hanachowicz are taking classes through the Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law, earning credits toward LL.M. degrees in international business law that they are working toward through Catholic University of Lyon School of Law. They are in Delaware for the spring semester, living in residence halls and becoming part of the Widener Law community.

“It’s totally different,” Hanachowicz said.

“The teaching methods are totally different.”

“It’s interesting to discover and understand a new educational system,” Lucheva added.

The three agreed American J.D. students do far more pre-class reading than their counterparts at the French school. They also reported that Widener students have been welcoming and generous, particularly with offers of automobile rides.

“They offer to help us and it’s really nice,” Sifundza said.

Hanachowicz is the only French national in the group. Lucheva is originally from Bulgaria, although she has been studying and living in France full time, with the exception of her sojourn to Widener Law. Sifundza is originally from Swaziland in southern Africa. In addition to their studies, the students have been making time for travel, with side trips to Washington D.C., New York and Las Vegas.

Widener Law entered the agreement with Catholic University of Lyon School of Law in June 2012. It provides for a global law consortium and student exchange program to advance international legal education. Dean Linda L. Ammons traveled to France at the time to formalize the agreement. She hosted the three new students recently for lunch and an official welcome.

“I’ve been waiting to meet you all,” she told them. “We are so pleased you are studying with us this semester, and we hope when you’ll return to France you’ll let your fellow students know what an excellent academic experience you had.”

Lucheva suggested Widener Law students consider a semester abroad, too.

“I would say if the American students have the chance to travel and get a different experience in Europe they should go for it,” she said.