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Semester Study Abroad

Overview 

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 Global Affairs 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 the following universities through established exchange agreements:

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.*

Apply by February 10, 2020
(For Fall 2020 or Winter 2021)

*Note: We are proud to announce that Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) and FGV Direito Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) are new exchange partners as of late January 2020! Please contact Elizabeth Snook (esnook@umich.edu) if you are interested in receiving more information regarding course lists, semester schedules, and any other outstanding questions before the February 10 deadline.