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Galilee 2019 Notre Dame Law School

One hundred and thirty-five students. Twenty-eight travel groups. Thirteen cities.

A large contingent of first-year J.D. and LL.M. students from Notre Dame Law School spread out across the country for three days during winter break to learn about public service in the legal profession and give back to local communities through the Law School’s Galilee program.

Galilee — an acronym for Group Alternative Live-In Legal Education — started at Notre Dame Law School in 1981 when six students and one professor went to Chicago for a few days during break. Since then, Galilee has become an important opportunity for Notre Dame Law students to meet with practicing lawyers in the field and reflect on the direction of their legal careers.

Read on to see a sampling of what this year’s Galilee students experienced.

In Chicago, students visited the Pacific Garden Mission to serve meals.
At the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, students participated in a simulation exercise to expose them to poverty-related legal issues.

The Galilee program is unique; no other law school in the country hosts a program like this one.

Students did make time for some fun visits, including to the Chicago "Bean" — known formally as Cloud Gate by sculptor Anish Kapoor.

In Michigan, students visited Freedom House Detroit, a place for asylum seekers to receive help, and met with director Deborah Drennan.

"Galilee is a powerful method to help our students think about their careers as a vocation from the beginning of law school. Students frequently comment that, after a semester of intense intellectual challenge, Galilee helps them to reconnect with the ideals that attracted them to Notre Dame. Students also appreciate the opportunity to learn about legal markets of interest and to connect with our supportive alumni." — Professor Robert L. Jones, Associate Dean for Experiential Programs
In Washington, D.C., students made the most of their time in the nation’s capital, despite visiting in the midst of the federal government’s 35-day shutdown. Clockwise from top left, students visited with U.S. Sen. Todd Young of Indiana; the Just Neighbors legal aid nonprofit; the Hall of Flags in the Organization of American States Building; and the Central Kitchen, a community kitchen that trains unemployed adults to develop desirable skills.
A group of students visited the United Nations Global Compact offices in New York City.
In Dallas, students visited the local FBI office. In Houston, students visited with Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, also known as RAICES.
In San Francisco, students stopped by City Slicker Farms to help garden.
The Seattle/Portland group visited with Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu '93 J.D.
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