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Law School Study Abroad Programs

International Legal Program Student

International Legal Programs

Law School Study Abroad Programs & International Summer Programs

With seven law study-abroad programs to choose from, our students are immersed in the structure and practice of international legal systems—which in turn strengthens their understanding of the American system.

Through the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education (CILE) (a group of four independent law schools with international law programs including joint study abroad law programs, visit-in programs to provide geographic flexibility for students, and other creative programming and services for the four schools), students can study abroad for either a semester or a summer through international legal programs. Courses of study include international and comparative law topics in such areas as human rights, juvenile justice, human rights in intellectual property and corporate law, civil and criminal lawsuits (comparing U.K. and U.S.), constitutional history (comparing U.K. and U.S.), environmental law, and international mediation.

Per American Bar Association requirements, no student will be permitted to attend class for more than 220 minutes per day.

For further information

For further information on the CILE Summer Programs listed below, please contact Professor Charles Sorenson. For other international programs please contact the Registrar's Office, (617) 422-7215.

CILE Summer Programs

Students attending a CILE summer program do not need advance approval to earn New England Law course credit, and grades received are included on New England Law transcripts.

Law School Semester Abroad Programs 

  • University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • University of Leiden, the Netherlands

All semester abroad study must be approved by the Dean’s Office. Participation in semester abroad programs may also be limited by program size constraints.

ABA-Approved Summer Law School Abroad Programs

New England Law students may enroll in any summer study law abroad programs approved by the American Bar Association. Courses must be approved in advance to earn New England Law credit, and grades are not accepted for inclusion on New England Law transcripts.

Learning Outcomes

Many of today’s legal careers require an awareness of other legal, cultural, social, and political traditions and practices, making study abroad a valuable opportunity for law students. The particular educational objectives that our school seeks to achieve in permitting JD students to earn credits toward a JD degree for study abroad are:

  • To expose students to laws and legal systems of foreign nations to better prepare them for practicing law in an ever-increasing globalized and transnational legal world
  • To allow students to learn about the laws and legal cultures of foreign jurisdictions in which they may have a particular interest
  • To provide students the opportunity to experience foreign languages and cultures to help them in their future careers

We urge all interested students to consider our summer study abroad options, the possibility of taking a summer fellowship abroad, and the openings for semester-long programs in other countries.