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Semester and Year Long Study Abroad Programs



Fordham Law provides a range of opportunities for students to spend a semester or a year abroad.  Most students study abroad during the fall semester of their final year of law school.  Study abroad in a student’s final semester is strongly discouraged (other than as part of a double degree program).

 Double-Degree Programs

Fordham offers six double-degree programs that permit select students to spend their third year at the host institution. Upon successful completion of the study abroad year, students will receive the J.D. from Fordham Law and a master-level degree from the host instution.

Institution Degrees Semester Language
Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Paris, France
J.D. (Fordham)
LL.M. (Diplôme d'Université en Droit) (Paris I)
Year Long French
Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas
Paris, France
J.D. (Fordham)
LL.M. (Paris II)
Year Long English
Universidad Pontificia Comillas
Madrid, Spain
J.D. (Fordham)
Master in International and European Business Law (Comillas)
Year Long English
LUISS Guido Carli University
Rome, Italy
J.D. (Fordham)
LL.M. in International and European Union Law (LUISS)
Year Long English
Université de Versailles
Versailles, France
J.D. (Fordham)
Master 2 in Arbitration and International Business (Versailles)
Year Long English and French
Fudan Law School
Shanghai, P.R. China
J.D. (Fordham)
LL.M. in Chinese Law (Fudan)
Year Long English

 Semester Study Abroad Opportunities

For the student with an international focus, Fordham Law School offers global study opportunities.  Fordham students who have completed one year of J.D. study may earn credit toward the J.D. degree through study in an approved program at a foreign law school.  Students may choose to study abroad for a semester or for a summer through one of Fordham's established programs. 

Programs in Asia:

 Institution  Semester  Language
China University of Politics and Law
Beijing, P.R. China
 Fall or Spring  English
Eastern China University of Politics and Law
Shanghai, P.R. China 
 Fall or Spring  English
Sungkyunkwan University
Seoul, Republic of Korea
 Fall or Spring  Korean
National Taiwan University
Taipei, Taiwan
 Fall or Spring  English
Waseda Law School
Tokyo, Japan
 Fall  English

Programs in Europe:

Institution Semester Language
University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands            
Fall English
Bocconi Law School
Milan, Italy
Fall or Spring English
Bucerius Law School
Hamburg, Germany
Fall English
European University Institute
Florence, Italy
Fall or Spring English or French
Barcelona, Spain
Fall or Spring English

Programs in the Middle East:

Institution Semester Language
Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv, Israel
Fall or Spring English

Programs in South America:

Institution Semester Language
Fundação Getulio Vargas
São Paulo, Brazil
Fall or Spring English

 Independent Study Abroad

Students who wish to study abroad for a semester in a program not supported by a Fordham Law School exchange arrangement should submit a 5-page proposed study abroad plan. The proposal should contain the following elements:

  • a statement of the reasons for the proposed study abroad;
  • a statement of why the proposed study cannot be satisfied though one of the Law School's exchange partners;
  • a list of the courses that the student proposes to take and how they relate to the student's professional and academic objectives; and
  • a description of contacts and interactions with the local legal community that the student proposes to undertake through the proposed study and how the student will arrange such interactions. 

The student should also provide evidence of sufficient foreign language fluency if courses are not taught in English.

If the proposed study is approved, the student will work with the Office of International and Non-JD Programs in working out the details of the study abroad, including course requirements.    

 Apply Online

Application Deadline  

 Fall Semester Study Abroad  March 1
 Spring Semester Study Abroad  October 15

Before you Apply

In order to complete the application process, please have the following information ready to upload in either .pdf or MS Word formats:
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of interest, explaining
    (1) why you are interested in study abroad generally, and in the specific program for which you are applying.
    (2) your academic and professional objectives in studying abroad and what you hope to achieve through the international study.
    (3) relevant experiences and/or courses of study that reflect an interest in this particular study abroad.
  • An unofficial transcript of your Fordham Law School studies.
  • Statement and/or proof of language proficiency, if required.

In addition, you will need to provide the names of two Fordham School of Law Professors who can be consulted as to your interest in and qualifications for study abroad, at least one of whom is a member of the full-time faculty. 

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Please direct any inquiries about study abroad programs to the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs.  Do not contact our partner schools directly. 

Students should consult Fordham Law School's academic and other calendars to be aware of important dates, including events hosted by the Office of Career Services.

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