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Legal Studies students learn about politics in Europe

Students in the Legal Studies Program at Morehead State University spent 12 days over Spring Break traveling in Belgium and the Netherlands. 

Professor Dr. Kelly Collinsworth and Associate Dean Dr. Dianna Murphy planned the study abroad program and accompanied 15 MSU students to Europe as part of their course, PLS 360: Special Legal Topics: Comparative Legal Perspectives. Students in the class have been studying comparative law, government, and policy, including the European Union and the potential effects of Brexit.  

While in Europe, the students and faculty toured international governmental institutions such as the European Union Parliament and the Peace Palace in The Hague. They also had the opportunity to see policy differences in the Netherlands through a guided tour of the Red Light District in Amsterdam. Additionally, the students learned about zoning and property restoration requirements through an architectural tour of Rotterdam. The students also visited the Anne Frank House and the Dutch Resistance Museum.  

Students participating were:  

  • Leslie Beyers, a junior from Salt Lick. 
  • Brandon Bryer, a senior from Scarborough, Maine. 
  • Brynn Collinsworth, a Craft Academy senior from Owingsville. 
  • Celene Dorsey, a junior from Ashland. 
  • Trey Jordan, a junior from Frankfort. 
  • Gage Grimes, a junior from Owingsville.  
  • Cody Johnson, a junior from Frenchburg. 
  • Makenna Lavatori, a senior from Amelia, Ohio, 
  • Michelle Madrigal, a junior from Paris. 
  • Christopher Ousley, a senior from Salyersville. 
  • Chandler Reed, a senior from Greenup. 
  • Dalton Richards, a junior from Owingsville.  
  • Adam Rowland, a senior from Morehead.  
  • Carisa Smallwood, a freshman from Vanceburg. 
  • Ashley Troy, a sophomore from Bethel, Ohio.  

MSU's Legal Studies Program equips students with the legal knowledge and skills to successfully pursue a career in law as a professional paralegal and assist attorneys in providing legal services to clients. 

Students gain hands-on experience and contribute to a variety of community projects, including staffing pro se clinics and working with elementary, middle and high school students to conduct mock trials. Students also routinely have the opportunity to participate in special classes providing the opportunity to study abroad.  

The program is ranked 12th out of the top 25 legal studies degree programs, according to  

For more information about the programs in the Department of History, Philosophy, Politics, Global Studies and Legal Studies at MSU, visit, email or call 606-783-2655.