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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.

For more information on the Summer Law Program in Madrid, please see the official program page.

Semester Programs

China

Nanjing University
Through our cooperative agreement with the Nanjing University, SLU LAW students may spend the fall semester of their third year studying abroad at the Nanjing University, China. Nanjing University is a major public university, the oldest institution of higher learning in Nanjing, Jiangsu, and a member of the elite C9 League of Chinese universities.

Hohai University
Hohai University is a research university in Nanjing, China under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education of China. The university's main focus is the research and study of coastal engineering, hydraulic engineering, water resources, ocean engineering and it primarily educates engineering subjects, with coordinated development of engineering, science, economics, management, arts and law.

Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province of the People's Republic of China and the second largest city in the East China region.

Study Abroad Requirements
All approved and successfully completed courses will transfer toward the SLU LAW J.D. degree. Participants typically obtain at least 12 credit hours during the exchange. SLU LAW will accept a maximum of 14 transfer credits from the exchange. The grades obtained abroad will not factor into the student's cumulative grade point average, but appear as letter grades on the student's transcript.

A student must be in good standing and must have completed his/her first year of part-time or full-time law study to be eligible to study abroad.

France

Université Paris Dauphine
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 English. Paris Dauphine University is a public research institution in Paris, France. It is the only institution in France to be both a grande école and University. Dauphine was founded as a faculty of economics and management in 1968 in the former NATO headquarters in western Paris. Dauphine is renowned for its teaching in finance, economics, law, finance and mathematics and business strategy.

University of Orléans
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. The University of Orléans, founded in 1306 as a well-known medieval School of Law, has evolved into a modern interdisciplinary and international centre of learning and research, linking high-level knowledge and human values. Its main campus is situated one hour to the south of Paris. Linked by tramway to the vibrant city centre of Orleans, the University offers students and scholars a leafy setting with its lake and wooded surroundings.

University of Toulouse
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. The University of Toulouse is one of the oldest in Europe (founded in 1229) and, with more than 103,000 students, it is the fourth-largest university campus in France. The City of Toulouse is the centre of the European aerospace industry, with the headquarters of Airbus (formerly EADS), the SPOT satellite system, ATR and the Aerospace Valley. It also hosts the European headquarters of Intel and CNES's Toulouse Space Centre (CST), the largest space centre in Europe.

Study Abroad Requirements (for all programs in France)
All approved and successfully completed courses will transfer toward the SLU LAW J.D. degree. Participants typically obtain at least 12 credit hours during the exchange. SLU LAW will accept a maximum of 14 transfer credits from the exchange. The grades obtained abroad will not factor into the student's cumulative grade point average, but appear as letter grades on the student's transcript.

A student must be in good standing and must have completed his/her first year of part-time or full-time law study to be eligible to study abroad.

Study Abroad Application

Ireland

Through our cooperative agreement with the University of Cork, SLU LAW students may spend the fall semester of their third year studying abroad at the University of Cork, Ireland. Founded in 1845, University of 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 and a center for Irish culture and music.

Study Abroad Requirements
All approved and successfully completed courses will transfer toward the SLU LAW J.D. degree. Participants typically obtain at least 12 credit hours during the exchange. SLU LAW will accept a maximum of 14 transfer credits from the exchange. The grades obtained abroad will not factor into the student's cumulative grade point average, but appear as letter grades on the student's transcript.

A student must be in good standing and must have completed his/her first year of part-time or full-time law study to be eligible to study abroad.

Study Abroad Application

Switzerland

Through our cooperative agreement with the University of Bern, SLU LAW students may 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. The University of Bern is the third largest university in Switzerland and is located in the Swiss capital of Bern.

Study Abroad Requirements
All approved and successfully completed courses will transfer toward the SLU LAW J.D. degree. Participants typically obtain at least 12 credit hours during the exchange. SLU LAW will accept a maximum of 14 transfer credits from the exchange. The grades obtained abroad will not factor into the student's cumulative grade point average, but appear as letter grades on the student's transcript.

A student must be in good standing and must have completed his/her first year of part-time or full-time law study to be eligible to study abroad.

Study Abroad Application

International Legal Research Opportunities

Germany

The Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, may accept a visiting international researcher from SLU LAW for a period of up to three months. Students may visit Ruhr University and conduct international legal research in German and English. German language skills are required.

For application details, please contact Prof. Ira H. Trako. Students should develop their research plan in consultation with a member of the SLU LAW faculty and present their research plan to Prof. Ira H. Trako.

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.