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Law Study Abroad Student Life Information Session 10/20/2014
Why Study Abroad? Opportunity to look at a different legal system Study in English in a foreign land Possibly earn an advanced degree Experience a different culture Gain an understanding of different business practices Many courses have a comparative focus
Student Handbook Must be in good academic standing, and have completed 19 hours May visit for one or two semesters Proposed course of study must be approved in advance and must comply with the ABA Criteria for Student Study at a Foreign Institution May earn no more than 30 credit hours towards the J.D. degree outside the Law School. This includes credit hours from foreign institutions, other ABA-approved law schools as a visiting student, and graduate-level courses taken outside the Law School To count credit hours, must earn grades of C or higher. Credit hours will be applied on a pass-fail basis, and grades earned will not be reflected in a student’s GPA or class rank. Courses taken may satisfy the Perspective Course requirement, but may not satisfy the Upper Division Writing Requirement or other specific graduation requirements
ABA Requirements Must be through an ABA Approved Program and meet their criteria http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_e ducation/resources/foreign_study.htmlhttp://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_e ducation/resources/foreign_study.html
International Center Process Resources –Scholarships and other opportunities Contact
Summer v. Fall v. Spring YES - it is possible to study abroad for one semester and still graduate in 3 years! 90 credit hours required for J.D. 38 required hours earned during 1L/2L years (includes Con Law I and II and PR) 24 hours of core courses Other requirements may add up to 5-9 credits (writing, skills, perspective) Leaves 19-23 hours for electives
Model 1: ABA-Approved Program Through Another Law School http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_educatio n/resources/foreign_study.html This is also a helpful site, allowing you to sort on different criteria: http://www.ilsa.org/listing/study-abroad-programs
Model 1 (con’t) Students may take up to thirty (30) hours at an ABA-approved program of foreign law study. Students may enroll for one or two semesters. Students must obtain permission from the foreign host school; a faculty contact at the host school must be provided; and the curriculum and proposed course of study must be approved by the Assistant Dean for Student Life. While international course work is generally elective in nature, the perspective requirement may be met through international course work. Those courses in which a student receives a C or above will be counted as Pass, and those courses in which a student receives a C- or below will not be awarded credit.
Model 2: Individually Arranged Study Abroad Students are free to arrange for study at non-partner institutions. The Law School intends to allow its students to participate in available educational opportunities at foreign institutions that will enhance the students’ legal educations, subject to the following criteria: Students in good standing at the Law School may spend no more than two semesters of study at any foreign institution after successful completion of 19 hours in the Law School; A proposed course of foreign study must be approved in advance by the Assistant Dean for Student Life, and must comply with the ABA Criteria for Accepting Credit for Student Study at a Foreign Institution (the ABA Criteria); Students may earn no more than 30 credit hours towards the J.D. degree outside the Law School. This includes credit hours from foreign institutions, other ABA-approved law schools as a visiting student, and graduate-level courses taken outside the Law School; In order to count credit hours earned under this rule toward the J.D. degree, students must earn grades of the equivalent of C or higher. Credit hours will be applied towards the J.D. degree on a pass-fail basis, and grades earned will not be reflected in a student’s GPA or class rank. No more than six (6) students may undertake study at any particular foreign institution within the three- year period including the current academic year and the two previous academic years;
Model 2 (con’t) A full-time faculty member at the Law School familiar with the course of study at the foreign institution must act as sponsor of the student’s foreign study; Courses taken at a foreign institution may, in appropriate circumstances and with the approval of the Assistant Dean for Student Life, satisfy the Perspective Course requirement. They may not satisfy the student’s Upper Division Writing Requirement or other specific graduation requirements of the School of Law; Credit will be given only for approved academic coursework at foreign institutions, and not for foreign externships; Ordinarily, foreign courses of study will only be approved at institutions with which the Law School has an existing working relationship; Student study at foreign institutions must comply with all other rules promulgated from time to time by the Law School administration for purposes of compliance with the ABA Criteria.
Model 3: Exchange Partners Universite de Montpellier (France) EBS Law School (Wiesbaden, Germany) University of Leeds (UK) University of Luxembourg Queens University Belfast
Model 3 (con’t) For semester-long or year-long study abroad opportunities, you would pay your normal tuition here, and would have the right to study at the foreign law school without paying tuition. Thus, you would have your normal financial aid package available to you. Of course, you would have increased costs for travel to and from the foreign institution, and would also need to arrange your housing, food, etc. In some instances, foreign law schools have dorms available to you. In the case of the University of Montpellier, the law school is located in the pedestrian district in the heart of the city, and you can live in the ancient part of the city, if you wish. Advantages: –Taught by foreign faculty –Our faculty have been there Tuition agreements – pay UofL tuition and eligible for financial aid and scholarships Broader flexibility in choice of courses Not generally offered during summer (exception EBS) Disadvantages: –Self starter – must arrange own accommodations, etc.
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Questions? Be aware of deadlines Find out what the tuition/fee covers: –i.e., do you have to find your own housing and meals? Meet with the Assistant Dean for Student Life Meet with the International Center Be aware of tuition differentials. For many of the ABA Approved programs at other schools, you will be paying much more than if you traveled through UofL. –Can you afford it? Make sure you are able to meet all your degree requirements, do an audit before you make plans
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