Justice Ginsburg to Teach Course Abroad for South Texas Law


Law student Jessica Rebils named her dog “Ginsburg” to honor U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She wears an RBG T-shirt and drinks coffee from an RBG mug.

So when Rebils heard that the real Ginsburg is teaching a South Texas College of Law Houston abroad program this summer, Rebils dropped her plans and enrolled—even though she’s already studied abroad and hadn’t planned to do it again.

“I am super excited! It is literally a dream come true. She’s my hero,” said Rebils, a South Texas third-year law student. “She’s not the only woman to make such a giant leap for women in the law, but I don’t think we would be nearly where we are without her work.”

Between July 3-7, Ginsburg will teach in Valletta, Malta, about significant U.S. Supreme Court cases of the 2016 term. She’ll also conduct a Q&A session and attend a reception as part of the program. Applications are due March 20 for the program, which is open to second- and third-year law students from schools across the country.


To attend Ginsburg’s course during the program’s third session, students must enroll in at least one other session taking place between May 19 and June 30, which will include courses in cultural heritage law, taxation, gun rights and criminal law. Depending on the sessions they attend, students can earn three to seven hours of transferable credit at a cost of between $2,250 and $5,250. The program is offered through the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education—a collaboration between South Texas, California Western School of Law, New England Law Boston and Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

South Texas Dean Donald Guter said in a statement it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students.

“Her insight and involvement surely will become an unforgettable milestone in these students’ legal education,” Guter said.

Guter said that before Ginsburg was a U.S. Supreme Court justice, she taught courses at Rutgers University School of Law and Columbia Law School. In the past several years, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the late Justice Antonin G. Scalia also taught in international study abroad programs by the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education.

U.S. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg didn’t respond to a message seeking comment from Ginsburg before deadline.