Touro Law Center Joins United Nations Academic Impact Initiative

September 5, 2012

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center has joined more than 600 universities in more than 100 countries as a member of the United Nations Academic Impact. The global initiative was developed in November 2010 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to align institutions of higher education with the United Nations in actively supporting ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution.

Touro Law Center has a rich tradition of academic opportunities in the area of international law. For example, summer programs provide students with study options in Croatia, Vietnam, India, Germany and Israel. Touro Law students regularly participate in the Vis International Moot Court competition, and the curriculum includes more than a dozen courses in various aspects of international and comparative law.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Touro Law. I look forward to being an active member and making the most of this partnership for our students, faculty and alumni,” said Dean Patricia Salkin. She continued, “With the increasing globalization of the practice of law, the opportunities for our community to interact in a more meaningful way with the UN through Academic Impact are most welcome. The fact that members of the Touro Law Center first year class hold citizenship in 10 different countries, were born in 28 different countries, and speak 26 different languages fluently speaks directly to the importance of this collaboration.”

Academic Impact provides a way for educational institutions to formally commit to using education as an engine for addressing global problems. Participating colleges and universities must demonstrate support of at least one of the founding principles each year. Next month, Touro Law Center will welcome the Honorable Bisa Williams, Ambassador to Niger, who will address the faculty at a colloquium on the subject of sustainability.

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Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning model for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law, which has a student body of approximately 750 and an alumni base of more than 5,000, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs, several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

About the Touro College and University System
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris, and Florida. Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro College Los Angeles and Touro University Worldwide as separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

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