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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 in existence. It contains information, brochures, and contact information for all 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, access information on enrollment in one of more than 100 ABA-approved formal study abroad programs or, alternatively, the creation of an individual (ad hoc) study abroad program for a semester, year, or L.L.M. study at any law school in the world, or (2) for non-U. S. law students who wish to study in North America, access information on enrollment in an American Law School as a foreign exchange or L.L.M.

Summary of Contents:

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 J. D. degree at a U. S. law school. However, fourteen credits may be transferred from a year-long, foreign L. L. M. 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, there are a few semester and internship programs.

  • American Law School L.L.M. & Exchange Programs: Non-US law students or graduates wishing to study in the United States will need to contact the American Law schools directly to arrange a program of study. There is a list of all ABA approved US law schools which may be contacted directly to arrange for individual L.L.M. 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 cheaper, offer a wider range of geographic locations and subject matters for study, and have more flexible schedules. However, the process takes much more individual effort. This site takes you step-by-step through the process.


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 study abroad programs and American law schools offering foreign L.L.M. degrees are asked to submit their programs, and all are welcome to submit comments and suggestions.

  • Submit ProgramsIncrease the exposure of your study abroad program by submitting it for additon to the LSAHQ. Please take the few minutes necessary to fill out the form, and your program will shortly thereafter be added to one of the hottest legal sites on the Internet.

  • Comments & Suggestions: Comments and suggestions for how to improve the site are appreciated.