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News Posted on August 4, 2017

Orientation in USA Law Marks 28th Year of Serving Legal Professionals and Students from Around the World

International legal professionals from over a dozen countries studied together in the annual Orientation in U.S.A. Law Program at UC Davis School of Law held July 9 through August 5.

Orientation in USA LawThe program is offered as part of King Hall’s full suite of learning opportunities for international lawyers and students, and sessions are taught by UC Davis professors as well as practicing judges and attorneys. Academic field trips, including a visit to the California State Courts, the State Capitol, and the Yolo County Jail introduce students to the California justice system in action. Social events and recreational trips to Lake Tahoe and San Francisco help round out the experience as the participants form a worldwide legal community.

Beth Greenwood, Associate Dean of International Programs at UC Davis School of Law, speaks to the multi-faceted experience available to Orientation in U.S.A. Law participants. "The Orientation in U.S.A. Law program has served thousands of professionals from around the globe over the past 28 years,” says Greenwood. “In addition to being an outstanding program, the Orientation in U.S.A. Law provides an amazing legacy—a global network of thousands of legal professionals who are connected through the rule of law.”

Hai Nguyen came to the program as a representative of Baker McKenzie, Vietnam Offices. Baker McKenzie sends its professionals to UC Davis to ensure that they receive the highest quality education in the U.S. legal system. “The legal systems of Vietnam and the U.S. [are] very different,” Nguyen says. “I am learning the best practice in the U.S. law system, so I can contribute more to my country. All of the lectures are very useful because we can learn techniques to address a particular issue in a criminal, civil, or environmental law.”

Claudia Ibarra is a Chilean lawyer, specializing in corporate and tax law, who has chosen the Orientation in U.S.A. Law program to advance her professional opportunities and become fluent with English legal terminology. Ibarra praises the program as accessible and hands-on: “I do really enjoy the method [of teaching]. It’s very different from our way of teaching law in Chile, [where] we’re majorly lectured. There’s not much interaction [there], so I really enjoy this method where the teacher interacts and we actually have a conversation.”

Associate Dean Greenwood is proud of the Orientation in USA Law Program's lasting impact. “Each summer’s legal professionals learn about the US legal system while sharing knowledge from their own legal systems,” says Greenwood. “Their deep engagement with the law inspires us to continuously tailor the program to the changing international legal landscape. It is an incredible honor for King Hall to host these wonderful colleagues.”

For more information about Orientation in U.S.A. Law and other International Programs, please visit or contact Kate Asche at or 530-757-8569.