WashULaw works with a wide array of partner institutions to provide study abroad experiences tailored to students’ individual international interests. We have selected each of our partner schools based on their strong international academic and professional reputation, their commitment to a high-quality study-abroad experience, and their location. The educational objectives of each program are to provide students with opportunities to learn and understand foreign legal systems and culture, as well as to provide students with comparative and international coursework that complements the courses available at WashULaw. We work closely with our foreign law school partners to ensure the highest quality of courses and learning opportunities for each student. Law students have a variety of opportunities to study and/or work abroad for credit, including semester exchange programs; International Justice and Conflict Resolution Externships; Global Public Interest Law Internships; and externships with private organizations.
The application process is relatively straightforward. Please submit the study abroad application to Rachel Johnson either in hard copy or via electronic mail by February 21. Click here to find the recent presentation regarding study abroad programs. You can find the video recording of the most recent study abroad informational meeting here.
Federal Direct Loans are available to cover summer study abroad programs sponsored by other law schools. Those students interested in enrolling in a study abroad program sponsored by a school other than Washington University will need to have the program approved by Michael Koby, Associate Dean for International & Graduate Programs and complete a summer school application for financial aid.
Those students participating in the fall and spring study abroad exchange program through Washington University School of Law will be charged the School of Law tuition and their student loans will be processed by the law school’s financial aid office.
Students enrolled in a fall/spring study abroad or externship program may petition to increase their cost of attendance (COA) by a maximum of $3,000. Students interested in these programs should plan accordingly.
The law school has one-for-one exchange agreements with eighteen law schools:
- Utrecht University in The Netherlands
- National University of Singapore in Singapore
- Universidade Catolica Portuguesa in Portugal
- Fudan University in China
- Korea University in the Republic of Korea
- L’Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne in France
- Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland (UK)
- University of Trento in Italy
- University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong (PRC)
- Bucerius Law School in Germany
- Université de Cergy Pontoise in France
- University of Queensland (TC Beirne School of Law) in Australia
- Interdisciplinary Center-Herzliya (Radzyner School of Law) in Israel
- National Taiwan University in Taiwan
- University of Bergen in Norway
- Peking University in China
- University of Nottingham in England
- Universidade Pontificia Comillas in Spain
Each of these programs offers courses in English with the exception of L’Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. Incoming exchange students can complete the Exchange Student Application here. If you have any questions, please email Rachael Johnson.
Students may also study abroad on an ad hoc basis at foreign law schools with which WashULaw does not have an exchange agreement.