International Study Opportunities
Summer Abroad Programs
Broaden your law school experience by taking advantage of one of Pacific McGeorge's unique summer programs. Some possibilities:
- Take intercultural classes taught in English and Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala
- Learn from European and American faculty in our long-standing International Legal Studies program in Salzburg, Austria
- Participate in international field placements
The Inter-American Summer Program in Guatemala is a truly bilingual and inter-cultural approach to legal education. It offers substantive law classes about Latin America taught in Spanish and English as well as bilingual field placements. It allows students the opportunity to study with Latin American students. Program participants will gain professional legal and inter-cultural experience useful in the practice of law in Latin America or to work with Latino clients in the United States. Students with basic Spanish language proficiency may also participate in the program by enrolling in a substantive law class taught in English as well as a Spanish language course.
Salzburg, Austria has been the site of the McGeorge School of Law annual Summer Program on International Legal Studies since 1974. The three-week program in Salzburg offers international and comparative law courses in public and commercial law fields. Courses are taught by European and American faculty.
Summer Abroad Programs at Another ABA Accredited Law School
McGeorge students may take up to six units of elective credit at another ABA-accredited law school. To request permission, submit a Rule 902 Application to the Office of Student Affairs (stop by the office to pick up a copy of the Application or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an electronic version). Upon approval, McGeorge will accept up to six (6) units of credit earned with passing grades in elective courses (not field placements).
Add a true international dimension to your J.D. experience by participating in an Exchange Program, spending a semester or year studying law at a university in another country. McGeorge currently has exchange agreements with four universities:
- University of Salzburg, Austria — Students enroll in courses that are part of the collaborative LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice program offered by McGeorge and the University of Salzburg. Courses are taught in English and focus primarily on the law of the European Union. Knowledge of German is not required.
- Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium — The entire new town of Louvain-la-Neuve was built around the campus of this university in the French-speaking part of Belgium. Some courses are held in English, but to be able to participate in this exchange, a reasonable fluency in French is necessary. Applications for the fall semester must be submitted by the previous May 31 and for the fall semester by the previous Oct. 31.
- University of Copenhagen, Denmark — This university has been around for centuries and is located in the heart of Denmark's largest city. It offers a full selection of law courses in English, so knowledge of Danish is not necessary to study there. Students must be nominated by McGeorge to participate in this exchange, and interested students should request to be nominated no later than May 31 for enrollment in either the following fall or spring semester.
- Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany — This was Germany's first private law school, and it has become known throughout the world as an innovator in legal education. Exchange students are accepted for the fall semester only. Applications to be an exchange student may be made online and must be submitted by May 31 of the year for which the application is made. All courses are taught in English.
Approved classes taken at these universities will qualify for credit towards your J.D. degree. If you are considering an Exchange Program, please contact Clemence Kucera (email@example.com or 916.739.7353) at your earliest stages of planning.
By completing specified objectives, students are eligible to obtain a Concentration indicating a program of study concentrating on International Law (see Concentrations section).
International Field Placements and International Internships (Semester- or Summer-in-Practice)
Students can earn academic credit for international Field Placements (also referred to as a "Semester-In-Practice" or "Summer-In-Practice"), or they can elect to volunteer. In recent years students have gone to Vietnam, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Guatemala, Cambodia, India, Switzerland (Geneva), China, and Hong Kong, among other places. A listing of available international internships is regularly updated and is available through the CDO. For students interested in interning in a foreign private practice, please contact Clemence Kucera (firstname.lastname@example.org or 916.739.7353)
Related International Activities
- Visiting Scholars — Annually, the Global Center hosts 3-4 distinguished foreign professors or jurists who complete independent research projects, audit courses, and participate in campus events.
- Visiting Foreign Faculty — The Global Center hosts 2-3 distinguished professors or practitioners each year who teach elective courses.
- International Jurist Series — The Global Center sponsors leading judges and lawyers from around the globe who provide public lectures.
- Global Business & Development Law Journal — Published semi-annually, the Globe provides a forum for articles, comments and notes by practitioners, legal scholars, and students on current topics of international relevance.
- Moot Court Competition Teams — McGeorge generally fields two moot court competition teams in competitions whose subject matter involves international law issues. Students who participate in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition prepare a written brief and compete at oral argument on a dispute involving public international law.
- International Law Society — McGeorge's International Law Society (MILS) is a student organization that brings together those interested in international law. Members meet to discuss current legal trends and the club sponsors speakers on current international topics.
- Global Business and Law Society (MGBLS) — MGBLS is a second international-focused student organization, bringing together students who are interested specifically in international business law.
Opportunities to get involved with the above events and activities are regularly featured in The Docket, our weekly student eNewsletter featuring events, announcements and deadlines for the coming two weeks.