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Legal Study Abroad Headquarters
The Legal Study Abroad Headquarters
is the most comprehensive on-line collection of legal study abroad materials available. It contains information, brochures, and contact information for many ABA-approved study abroad programs and contact information for almost every law school in the world. It is a one-stop guide for law students everywhere.
(1) For U.S. law students
who wish to study abroad, we invite you to access information on enrollment in one of more than 100 ABA-approved formal study abroad programs
or, alternatively, we provide you with the information necessary for you to create an individual (ad hoc) study abroad program
for a semester, a year, or for LLM study at any law school in the world.
(2) For non-U.S. law students
who wish to study in North America, we invite you to access information on enrollment in an American law school
as a foreign exchange or LLM student. If you are uncertain which law school is best for you, access our 2020 Raw Data Law School Rankings
pages for a wealth of statistics and information about each school and how they compare.
Summary of Contents
Index of All ABA Programs: Indices of all known active ABA-approved summer and exchange programs, arranged by geographic region:
Index of All U.S. Schools: An index with links to:
Index of All Foreign Law Schools: Links to the HG.org indices of the addresses for all the known law school in the world, arranged by geographic region.
A Few Short Steps to the World
The site is laid out as a step-by-step guide to completing the research and application process for legal study abroad. The steps are laid out below:
Decide Whether Study Abroad is Right for You: American law students who wish to study abroad should be aware of a number of restrictions that the American Bar Association imposes. The most important restriction concerns credit transfer. The ABA allows the transfer of only twelve academic credits to count toward a JD degree at a U.S. law school. However, fourteen credits may be transferred from a year-long, foreign LLM program. Secondly, students must have completed their first year of law school, either full- or part-time, prior to studying abroad. Finally, only two students from any one U.S. law school may study at any one foreign law school during any given semester. If these restrictions are not too onerous, proceed to step two.
Decide What Type of Program is Right for You: A law student has three basic options for legal study abroad. Which one you choose depends on who you are, where you want to go, how much money you have, and what type of study program you wish to pursue. Choose one of these options to go on to step three.
Formal Study Abroad Programs: The simplest option for legal study abroad is to go through one of the formal programs offered through American sponsor institutions. This site contains a comprehensive index of the various programs offered by United States Law Schools for summer legal studies abroad. These programs are generally limited to summer session. However, a few semester and internship programs exist.
American Law School LLM & Exchange Programs: Non-U.S. law students or graduates who wish to study in the U.S. need to contact the American law schools directly to arrange a program of study. We offer information about all ABA approved U.S. law schools that may be contacted directly to arrange for individual LLM or exchange programs.
Ad Hoc Study Abroad Program: Creating your own program is a feasible option for the more adventurous student. Ad hoc programs are typically less expensive than formal study abroad programs, offer a wide range of geographic locations and subject matters for study, and have flexible schedules. However, the process takes much more individual effort. This site takes you step-by-step through the process.
Comments and Additions
Program and Comment Submission: This site seeks to be the comprehensive, one-stop site for study abroad in law. However, it cannot do so without the help of the entire web community. Directors of foreign legal study abroad programs and American law schools offering foreign LLM degrees are encouraged to contact us:
Submit Programs: Increase the exposure of your study abroad program by submitting it for addition to the LSAHQ. Please take a few minutes to email us your program information (Word format preferred), and your program will shortly thereafter be added to our site, accessible to prospective students everywhere, at no cost.
Comments & Suggestions: Comments and suggestions for how to improve the site are appreciated.