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Carina Ostberg

Juris Doctor

Education History

I am a "double Poke" with both my BA and JD from UW, though I began my educational journey at Central Wyoming College. I eventually got my BA in History from UW, via Jackson's out-reach campus.

Research Project:

My focus in law school has been international law, and in particular have I focused on sexual violence against women in war situations. I have done research on the occurrence of sexual violence against women and gendered crimes under the Khmer Rouge, and also written about the juris prudence in the same area from the International Ad hoc Tribunals. In addition, I have worked on projects in association with the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, and spent my last semester working for the Chambers Section of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Why I chose UW for graduate education:

I am a Swedish native, but I moved to Wyoming right after High School. This is my home now as much as Sweden is, and it is really the only state in the nation I want to be in. I never truly considered going anywhere else for my education.

Current position and future goals:

I graduated in May of 2012, and am currently studying for the Wyoming Bar Exam. Ultimately, I would like to work as a prosecutor at the International Criminal Court at the Hague.

Advice for potential future students considering UW:

UW is a great school, with incredible opportunities. Due to its relatively small size, it is easy to develop personal relationships with both other students and faculty members across campus. I have worked closely with professors not only from the Law department, but also from the Social, Women's and International Studies Programs. Compared to other law schools, Wyoming is distinguishable in that it offers classes in subjects ranging from Oil & Gas and Water Law, to International Human Rights Law and Immigration. Lastly, it is arguably one of the very few law schools in the nation, where graduates leave with an absolute knowledge that for the rest of their lives they can turn on any and all of their classmates for help, support, advice (on law or life) or just a good laugh. That is what makes UW a truly unique educational institution.

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Carina Ostberg

Carina Ostberg, UW graduate student
"[The UW is] one of the very few law schools in the nation, where graduates leave with an absolute knowledge that for the rest of their lives they can turn on any and all of their classmates for help, support, advice (on law or life) or just a good laugh." (Photo courtesy of David Swift)

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