Pepperdine University School of Law’s acclaimed London Program has recently hired alumna Christy (Duggan) Osborne (JD ’08) as an adjunct professor. Osborne will work with Colleen Graffy, professor of law and director of Pepperdine’s Global Programs, on initiatives such as placing students as interns with solicitor firms, practicing barristers, London offices of American law firms, and non-profit organizations, and facilitating the London Moot Court program.
Osborne studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science as an undergraduate before attending Pepperdine for law school, where she completed the summer and fall programs in London in 2006. During both semesters, she worked at the Department of Justice in the Office of International Litigation at the United States Embassy. Additionally, Osborne spent a summer in Washington D.C., clerking for the Air Force General Counsel at the Pentagon. For the past year, she has worked for two conservative members of Parliament at the House of Commons in London.
“I am most looking forward to being able to help those students with a passion for international law gain practical experience with internship opportunities,” says Osborne. “I plan to cultivate long-standing relationships between Pepperdine and a number of clinical sponsors. The employers who have had Pepperdine students as interns in the past have truly appreciated their hard work and professionalism, and I hope to have even more employers lining up in future semesters to offer our students placements.”
“Christy brings talent and energy to two of the most important aspects of our London program, our clinical placements and our international moots,” says James McGoldrick, professor of law and stateside director of the London Program. “I am pleased that Colleen Graffy spotted her abilities and chose to add her to the London staff.”
Pepperdine’s London Program has been approved by the American Bar Association since its inception in 1981, and offers a seven-week summer program, in addition to the fall semester. Located in the Knightsbridge and South Kensington area of London, the program offers core American law requirements and a variety of elective international and comparative law courses.
“My time in London was my absolute favorite part of law school,” says Osborne. “I am thrilled to be a part of the London Program and help students find the best internship opportunities, as well as prepare them to moot against English law students."