You are responsible for travel to and from Jerusalem. Mitchell Hamline School of Law has no responsibility for such arrangements. Airfares can vary greatly. Make your travel plans early to take advantage of advance purchase options. The airport is Ben Gurion International Airport (Lod, Tel Aviv). To make arrangements, please consult a good travel agent or visit a reputable travel website such as:
Passports and Visas
Passports are required for travel to Israel and are the responsibility of each student. Contact the nearest State Department Office or Post Office for further information. Plan ahead and get your passport early!
U.S. citizens are not required to present a visa upon entrance into Israel for a short course of study. However, you may be asked to present your letter of acceptance to the program, along with your round trip ticket, to customs officials upon arrival.
If you are a national of a country that Israel defines as a visa national country, you may require prior entry clearance. The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website has more information on visas. Students in need of prior entry clearance are responsible for applying for their own visas.
Make a copy of your passport and keep it in a separate place in the event that you lose the original. If your passport is lost of stolen, you must appear in person to get a replacement. This is inconvenient, but necessary. Without a passport, the airlines will not allow you to board an aircraft for your return flight to the U.S
The Consulate General of the U.S., Jerusalem
Agron Street 18
Phone: +972-2-622-7230 M–F 8 am–4:30 pm
Students must attend all class sessions, participate actively, and complete the reading assignments. At the conclusion of the course, students seeking credits must complete the exam and a reflective assignment. To earn a third credit, students will submit a written paper by February 9, 2020. Grades will be based upon class participation and the preparation of the written work. There are no prerequisites for this course and there is no mandatory grading curve. The acceptance of any credit or grade for these courses by any school other than Mitchell Hamline is subject to approval by the student’s home school.
It is unlikely that participation in a foreign program may be used to accelerate graduation. Students interested in acceleration should seek clarification at their home schools in light of ABA Standard 304, Interpretation 304-4.
From Monday, December 30 – Thursday, January 2, class will meet in a classroom on the Mount Scopus Campus of Hebrew University. On January 3, 5 and 6, class will attend meetings with peacemakers, visit legal institutions and tour for context. On January 7, class will meet in a classroom at the Zefat Academic College. Administrative offices for the program are in the Boyer Building of the Rothberg International School. Mitchell Hamline and the Rothberg International School of Hebrew University have cooperated in providing this program since its inception as a summer program in 1994. The city of Jerusalem and the facilities at Hebrew University are accessible to individuals with disabilities.
Housing in double rooms is included in the fees. Students will be housed at the Maiersdorf Faculty Club on the Hebrew University campus from December 29 – January 5. January 5 – 6, students will stay at the Palm Beach Hotel in Acre; on January 6 – 7, the students will stay at the Emily Hotel in Tiberias; and on January 7 – 8, the students will stay at the Grand Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv. All of the accommodations include a private bath and breakfast.
Housing will be available for check in on December 29, 2019 through check out on January 8, 2020. The final exam will be completed before noon on January 8, 2020. People arriving prior to December 29, 2019 or staying after the program concludes will need to make their own arrangements for housing. Students who do not wish to stay in housing should contact the Kitty Atkins (651-695-7677 | firstname.lastname@example.org) about housing alternatives. Students not staying in the housing provided will receive a reduction for the portion of the fees that goes toward housing.
Jerusalem, Acco, Tzfat and Tel Aviv all offer a wide variety of dining opportunities and price ranges. Food is available at the cafeterias on the Hebrew University campus. The nearby Dan Jerusalem Hotel remains open during Shabbat.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law reserves the right to alter or cancel the J-term Study Abroad Program for insufficient enrollment or if exceptional circumstances such as natural disaster, war, political unrest, or similar emergency occurs. The program may be cancelled if fewer than 15 students enroll or Mitchell Hamline determines the safety and security concerns in the area are not conducive to the program. Mitchell Hamline School of Law’s Israel program was cancelled in 2001 and 2002 due to political unrest in the area and low enrollment. It was not held in 2003. It was then reconfigured into the current program and has operated successfully for the past sixteen years. Cancellation or material alteration will be promptly communicated to applicants.
In the event of program cancellation, all tuition and fees will be refunded. If a student requests, the director will use best efforts to make arrangements for the student to attend a similar program. In the event of material program alteration, any student wishing to cancel must send a letter of declaration within seven days of notification to request a full refund of tuition and fees. All money advanced by the student will be refunded within 20 days after the date of cancellation/receipt of student declaration. Mitchell Hamline will not provide refunds for enrolled students who choose not to participate unless the program is cancelled or there is substantial change to the current travel warning.
Health Insurance is included in the program fees.
U.S. State Department Travel Information
As of the most recent update of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website (January 10, 2018), the United States Department of State has a current travel warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. “Terrorist groups and lone-wolf terrorists continue plotting possible attacks in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Violence can occur in Jerusalem and the West Bank without warning.”
Each participant should carefully assess the State Department Alerts and Warnings prior to enrollment. Each student must individually choose whether to undertake the risk of travel to the region and by enrolling agrees to assume all liability associated with the travel risk.
Also prior to travel, participants should check out the CDC Health Information for Travel to Israel website for pertinent health information.
Many foreign banks will allow you to withdraw money from ATM machines with a credit card or cash card. Visa and MasterCard are the most common credit/cash cards, followed by American Express. Most banks in larger cities are connected to an international money network, usually CIRRUS (another international money network is Plus). If you are carrying more than one credit/debit card, it is best to carry one from the Cirrus network and one from the Plus network; most cash machines will honor one or the other, but not necessarily both. The network in indicated on the back of your credit/debit card. NOTE: It is a good idea to obtain the international phone number for your credit card so you can notify the issuing company in case it gets lost or stolen.
The currency is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found via ATM machines or at banks. Travelers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by tourists.
The weather in Israel during the winter is very unpredictable. Some winters are mild and sunny, while some are severe and overcast. Temperatures range in the 50’s-60’s F in most places, but in the 40’s in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills – where it can be very cold at night. It is the rainy season so you should expect some rain. During the 2018 program, the weather was moderate during most of the program. In 2014-15 there was a major snow/rain storm on the last day of the program.
What to Pack
Travel light! Students can dress casually for class and meetings with peacemakers, but may want to have a nice outfit for visits to places of worship. For visits to religious sites, you will generally be expected to have your head, shoulders and knees covered (which you will want to do anyway because you can expect that the weather will be cool). Luggage requirements for all airlines have become very strict. You should check with your particular airline regarding its luggage restrictions. Penalties for oversized or overweight luggage can be steep. Be warned that airlines have the authority to refuse to carry luggage that does not meet their regulations.
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