Popular Study Abroad Law Programs

  • International Law in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Entertainment Law in Cambridge, England
  • Maritime Law in Rhodes, Greece
  • Conservation Law in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Discrimination Law in Tel Aviv, Israel

One of the best ways to get the most out of law school is by studying law abroad. Programs focus on specific judicial practices where students can gain special knowledge that applies to their degree concentration. It also helps expand the perspective of law practice by exploring the culture of other countries.

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1. International Law in Geneva, Switzerland

This rare opportunity to visit the home of the United Nations is given by Santa Clara University School of Law. In this 4-week study abroad students participate in morning courses pertaining to global human rights, public, humanitarian, and property laws. Classes located at the Webster University are taken based on the students' particular interests. Afternoons are reserved for visiting landmarks connected to UN and international proceedings. Additional externships are available in Paris, Ireland, Geneva, Ghana, Malta, London, and Johannesburg.

2. Entertainment Law in Cambridge, England

Southwestern Law School offers students the chance to study in London during a 5-week study abroad program. The classes are conducted by the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute that provides field experience with the entertainment industry. Students learn from U.S and U.K. professors who have a vast knowledge in the law fields of art, sports, media, and contract drafting and negotiating. Trips to the Royal Courts of Justice and other cultural attractions complete the experience.

3. Maritime Law in Rhodes, Greece

This 20-day program held by Tulane University Law School covers courses in maritime international conventions; personal injury; arbitration dispute; law of the sea like customs, treaties, and zoning rights; and financial bankruptcy related to Greece and Argentina. Courses are held at the Sheraton Hotel on weekday mornings giving students plenty of freedom to explore the island. This program has been sponsored by the Aegean Institute of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law since 1994 and offers students research resources.

4. Conservation Law in San Jose, Costa Rica

This interdisciplinary study abroad program combines sustainability law with tropical ecosystem research and Latin American studies. University of Florida's Levin College of Law partnered with the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), which houses an international station in Costa Rica. This station hosts research of surrounding communities to assess ecosystems and implement policies that aid in conservation. Courses analyze the laws upholding or inhibiting the environment then conducts field work to address these issues. Students engage with the community to understand the social ramifications of its current environmental factors.

5. Discrimination Law in Tel Aviv, Israel

In this 2-week winter break study abroad curriculum, students can examine the key issues of discrimination occurring in Israel. Western New England University School of Law offers students the chance to question gender segregation, particularly in public areas such as restrooms, transportation facilities, and religious sanctuaries. Social problems regarding these laws are studied to understand the complex mixture of nationalities and international influences that play a role in their creation and dismantling. A visit to the supreme court and discussions with lawmakers will complete the course's structure.

Every college student should take the opportunity to visit and explore other cultures while expanding their field of study. Studying law abroad offers another perspective to one's own country's laws while broadening their knowledge of international relations.