World Legal Issues: Become a Creative & Analytical Thinker

Laura Cosovanu

Grades: 9-11

• 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York Time)

Some of the top-quality companies seek are creative and critical thinking. This skill set differentiates most people in the labor market.  Lawyers, businesspeople, and other professionals have to master these skills for their clients. Research demonstrates they can be learned and strengthened.  Thus, you can learn them, too!

We will draw on lessons from Stanford legal, education and design thinking experts. Our sessions will be lively, engaging and fun.  You will learn by doing.   There will be a minimum amount of lecturing.  There will be a maximum amount of debates, negotiations, role playing, and teamwork!

During our last class, you will have your day in ‘court.’ You will put your new skills to the test, by becoming an attorney or witness in a court trial and await the judge’s verdict. You will leave with analytical, creative, negotiation, persuasive speaking skills that will serve you in any future career. At the same time, we will touch upon some global human rights issues affecting each of us.

Laura Cosovanu

Laura Cosovanu

Fellow at Columbia Law School
Member of the State Bar of New York
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies Instructor

Laura is an educator, attorney, and former Human Rights Fellow at Columbia Law School, where she got her Juris Doctor and LLM.  She is affiliated with Stanford's Handa Center for Human Rights. She created and has taught the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Legal Studies courses for the last 12 years, to over 700 academically talented high school students from all over the world.

Cosovanu is a member of the State Bar of New York. As an attorney, she practiced tax-exempt organizations law at Holland & Knight.  In New York, Laura also conducted legal and policy research for Human Rights Watch, International Center for Transitional Justice, and the American Non-Governmental Organizations Coalition for the International Criminal Court. At Stanford, she engaged in research for Courts, Politics and Human Rights, an interdisciplinary project awarded a three-year grant from the Stanford Presidential Fund for Innovation in International Studies in 2008. Laura was the manager of the Program on Human Rights during its inception, and the manager of the Draper Hills Summer Fellowship at Stanford’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law during 2006-2007. At the Law School, she provided career advising to Stanford students interested in international public interest opportunities.

Program Calendar:
January 11-22, 2021
(Monday – Friday)
Real-Time Classes Duration:
1 hour & 45 minutes long
(with a 15-minute break).
Max Class Group:
Small class size
(20 students max)

Grades 9-11

For grade 9 students all course options are available.





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