Choosing a City

GALILEE participants are free to choose which city to visit. There must be 4-7 students in each city group, and the city must have sufficient public interest/governmental lawyering activity to provide a substantial learning opportunity.

Students typically choose cities with which they expect to have some connection in their legal careers. For some students, it is their home town or a city in which they expect to work. For others, it may be a city that has public interest activities in a subject area of particular interest. One practical consideration is where students expect to spend their Christmas break. It may be prohibitively expensive to choose a city that will require a long additional trip.

For students with financial concerns, South Bend and Chicago are two cities that should be considered. There are normally students visiting both cities. Students doing a GALILEE immersion in South Bend incur no extra travel or lodging expenses. Chicago is also close by and a popular destination for GALILEE with a rich variety of opportunities.

Students will have an opportunity at the organizational meetings in early fall to express their interest in particular cities and to encourage others to join them. Participants should be open to forming a team with classmates they do not know well. One of the best parts about GALILEE is sharing ideas and experiences while getting to know new people.


Past cities have included:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Detroit, MI
  • Houston, TX
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
  • Nashville, TN
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • New York, NY
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Portland, OR
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • South Bend, IN
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Tampa, FL
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Washington D.C.

Information about past itineraries and experiences in many of these cities are available on the GALILEE TWEN page.