Semester Study Abroad
The University of Michigan Law School faculty supports the idea of studies overseas for one semester for credit toward the J.D. degree with the primary goal of enabling students to study at foreign law faculties. This opportunity is offered with the awareness that, increasingly, legal endeavors transcend national boundaries and that an international, cross-border, and comparative perspective is an important part of professional preparation for the 21st century.
The goal of an opportunity for semester legal studies abroad is to permit students to receive the educational benefit of engaging in legal studies in another country at an outstanding educational institution where the Michigan student will be pursuing a foreign curriculum in classes with predominantly non-U.S. students. Students who wish to spend a semester taking law courses at a foreign law school must obtain permission from this Law School's Graduate Programs and Foreign Affiliations Committee.
Michigan students will receive up to twelve credits for their semester study abroad. Nine of the credits will be for approved coursework satisfactorily completed at the foreign law school and three credits will be for a graded research paper supervised by a University of Michigan Law School professor.
Semester Study Abroad Opportunities
Semester study abroad opportunities exist for University of Michigan law students at Amsterdam Law School in the Netherlands, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (the Graduate Institute) in Geneva, the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, KU Leuven in Belgium, European University Institute in Florence, Bucerius Law School Hamburg, Germany, and Waseda University Law School in Tokyo. Students may also propose their own student-initiated semester study at law faculties of foreign universities.
Students interested in applying for semester study abroad should consult the General Guidelines for Semester Legal Studies Abroad [PDF] along with the guidelines specific to the program for which they apply, which contain important information about the opportunities and application process. Specific program guidelines may be accessed through the links listed in the left-hand column of this page.