Welcome to the Curriculum section of the website. Here you will find information about the classes, programs, and opportunities that make the University of Michigan Law School a premier institution.
Did you know that Michigan Court Rules allow you to provide direct representation to clients under the supervision of faculty after completing your first year of law school? Click on the link to Clinical Programs to discover the wide variety of practical clinical experience available to you.
The Law School provides an interdisciplinary approach to the law. Visit the link to the Dual Degree Programs to discover the breadth and depth of our thirteen established offerings, or learn about designing your own dual degree.
Part of a broad education in the law is taking advantage of off-campus opportunities to expand your horizons. Michigan Law students may choose to apply to study at an established semester study abroad opportunity at Amsterdam Law School in the Netherlands, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, Bucerius Law School, Hamburg in Germany, KU Leuven in Belgium, the European University Institute, Florence in Italy, Waseda University Law School in Tokyo, Japan, and the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. Students may also apply for a student-initiated semester study abroad opportunity at the law faculty of a foreign university.
Other off-site opportunities abound both internationally and domestically through our externship and independent study programs. Our South African Externship Program allows students to spend the winter term working in South Africa for human rights organizations or other nonprofit legal organizations. Our Geneva Externship Program gives students the chance to spend the winter term at UN agencies and non-governmental organizations in Geneva, engaged in a broad range of international legal work. Other students have pursued externships with the U.S. Department of State, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Department of Commerce, Overseas Private Investment Cooperation, and at public interest organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., and London. Further, the School supports paid internships at the AIRE Centre in London, as well as those offered through our Cambodian and Refugee Law Programs. Michigan is one of a select group of U.S. law schools whose students are eligible for clerkships at the European Court of Justice through the Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program and at the International Court of Justice.
Finally, visit the Course Description link for comprehensive information about curriculum requirements and complete course offerings and descriptions.