D. Scott Hutchison, a 2L at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was awarded a David L. Boren Fellowship to study in South Korea.
The David L. Boren Fellowship was established in 1991 and is funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP). Boren Fellowships are awarded to graduate students whose study focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. The Boren Fellowship program is highly competitive and helps recipients secure federal employment in positions with national security responsibilities.
As a Boren Fellow, Hutchison will intern at the South Korean Constitutional Court this summer. He will also take classes in international law at Sungkyunkwan University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Asia.
“Studying the framers of the Constitution in Professor Matheson’s class got me thinking about how interesting it would be to study the Korean constitution,” Hutchison said.“Korea has a homogeneous population with a 4,000-year history, but didn’t have a constitution until 1948. I’m interested to see what influence our constitution and judiciary may have had on the South Korean judiciary system.”
Hutchison studied Korean as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, where he wrote his senior thesis on North Korean leadership succession.