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Study Abroad

Once a student completes their first year of part-time or full-time law study, they can pursue a study abroad experience. 

The student must be in good standing to be eligible to study abroad at our SLU LAW Summer Law Program in Madrid or at our partner institutions.

Studying international law or foreign legal systems and exploring different cultures at the foreign institutions will prepare students, upon graduation, for effective, ethical, and responsible participation as members of the legal profession practicing in a global environment.

Summer Programs

Spain 

SLU LAW offers an ABA-approved Summer Law Program in Madrid held on Saint Louis University's Madrid Campus. The Summer Law Program builds on the Center's strong comparative and international law focus by offering six credit hours of law courses taught by Spanish legal scholars and professors from SLU LAW.

Classroom instruction is in English, and the program includes guided site visits to various Spanish legal institutions, including Spain's Constitutional Court and Spain's Supreme Court or Spanish law firms. The program allows students to experience Spanish culture while expanding their knowledge of international and comparative law. 

Semester Programs

Switzerland

A small number of SLU LAW students are selected each spring to spend the fall semester of their third year at the University of Bern, Switzerland. The program offers many courses in English, so SLU LAW students do not need proficiency in a foreign language, although some knowledge of German or French may enhance the students' experience in Bern. SLU LAW students with adequate command of French or German may also take law courses taught in German at the University of Bern or in French at Bern's sister university, the University of Fribourg.

Students who successfully complete courses at the University of Bern receive credit toward their J.D. degrees from the School of Law. Participants typically take at least 12 credit hours during the exchange and the School of Law will accept a maximum of 14 credits. These credits will not factor into the student's cumulative grade point average, but appear as letter grades on the student's transcript.

Ireland

A small number of SLU LAW students are selected each spring to spend the fall semester of their third year at the University College Cork, Ireland. Founded in 1845, Cork's faculty of law includes 19 full-time faculty members who have practice qualifications, active research records and strong commitments to teaching and scholarship. Areas of law faculty expertise include Irish law, European Union law, public international law, human rights law, environmental law, labor law, medical law, terrorism/organized crime law, and women and the law.

The City of Cork is located in southern Ireland near the head of Cork Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. The city dates from a religious settlement founded in AD 622 by Saint Finbar. Occupied by the Danes in the 9th century and by Oliver Cromwell in 1649, Cork is now the second largest city in Ireland with a population of about 140,000 and a center for Irish culture and music.

Students who successfully complete courses receive credit toward their J.D. degrees from the School of Law. Participants typically take at least 12 credit hours during the exchange and the School of Law will accept a maximum of 14 credits. These credits will not factor into the student's cumulative grade point average but appear as letter grades on the student's transcript.

France

 Université Paris Dauphine in France
Students may study law for one semester with the Université Paris Dauphine in France. The Université Paris Dauphine specializes exclusively in the areas of business and commercial law and requires that students enrolled in the semester abroad program take all of the classes offered in their Master 2 Program. This program offers an experience in French culture while working toward a law degree. The language of instruction is French; students wishing to participate must be sufficiently fluent in French to succeed in the program. Students who successfully complete courses receive credit toward their J.D. degrees from the School of Law. Participants typically take at least 12 credit hours during the exchange and the School of Law will accept a maximum of 14 credits. These credits will not factor into the student's cumulative grade point average but appear as letter grades on the student's transcript.

Faculté de Droit d'Economie et de Gestion of the Université d'Orléans in France
Students may study law for one semester with the Faculté de Droit d'Economie et de Gestion of the Université d'Orléans in France. This program offers an experience in French culture while working toward a law degree. The language of instruction is French; students wishing to participate must be sufficiently fluent in French to succeed in the program. Students who successfully complete courses receive credit toward their J.D. degrees from the School of Law. Participants typically take at least 12 credit hours during the exchange and the School of Law will accept a maximum of 14 credits. These credits will not factor into the student's cumulative grade point average but appear as letter grades on the student's transcript.

Université de Toulouse in France
Students may study law for one semester with the Université of Toulouse in France. This program offers an experience in French culture while working toward a law degree. The language of instruction is English. Students who successfully complete courses receive credit toward their J.D. degrees from the School of Law. Participants typically take at least 12 credit hours during the exchange and the School of Law will accept a maximum of 14 credits. These credits will not factor into the student's cumulative grade point average but appear as letter grades on the student's transcript.

Fellowships

Germany

The Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany, occasionally offers summer research fellowships to SLU LAW students and new law faculty for a period of up to three months. SLU LAW students and new faculty interested in this fellowship must have sufficient command of the German language in order to conduct research in German.

The fellowships, which the Organization for the Promotion of Legal Science in Bochum provides, pay the cost of round-trip travel from St. Louis to Bochum. In addition, the fellowship may include a stipend to supplement the applicant's income. Students are encouraged to develop their research plan in consultation with a member of the SLU LAW faculty. Apply here.

Outside Programs

While SLU LAW offers an extensive variety of opportunities for students to study outside of the United States, we realize that students may want to pursue particular studies not available through the Center. An application is available for prior approval for credit transfer. Please also refer to the Study Abroad FAQs for further information.