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NORTH AMERICA: Many law schools in North America take foreign students for exchange or for L.L.M. degree study. Currently, there are only a few formal exchange programs, as they are generally handled by arrangement between two law schools and not open to the general law student. However, there is a list of the North American law schools below, many of them containing links to the law schools' web sites, to help facilitate making arrangements for individual study. 

Refer to our listing of U.S. law schools as an alternate way to find a school.

Note: Mexico is included in both this and the Latin American index. However, if you are looking for a specific program in Mexico, it is most likely on the Latin American Index.

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L.L.M, Year, and Semester Programs

The University of Iowa College of Law: L.L.M. in International and Comparative Law

The International and Comparative Law curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of a fast-changing world and the needs of students with many interests. The perspective of these College of Law courses and seminars is enriched by the active participation of foreign-trained lawyers pursing the Masters of Law (LL.M.) degree. Students are enriched also by availing themselves of internationally oriented courses and seminars offered outside the College of Law through The University of Iowa's Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) and associated UI colleges and departments, as well as extra-curricular opportunities such as those offered through participation in The Iowa Society of International Law and Affairs (ISILA).

Graduate Program in International and Comparative Law
Office of Admissions
College of Law
The University of Iowa
Melrose and Byington
Iowa City, IA 52242 USA

Phone: (319) 335-9071
Fax: (319) 335-9019

For complete program information visit U. Iowa's website:

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Summer Programs

Ottawa, Canada
, May 17 - June 30

Director: Professor John Reifenberg
Courses: Six-week internship with lawyers in the federal Department of Justice; federal administrative agencies and with members of Parliament; Introduction to the Canadian Legal System; evening seminars; House of Commons speaker luncheon program; Quebec National Assembly visit.
Tuition & Fees: $2,850 for 6 credits (includes course materials, seminars, speakers, luncheons, Quebec trip and local functions) and a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
Room: Modern housing (with cooking facilities) at the University of Ottawa dormitory, approximately $600 (U.S.)

Application deadline: March 15

Professor John Wm. Reifenberg. Jr.
Director, Canadian Summer Law Placement Program
Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, N
110 North Business Complex
East Lansing, MI 48824

Tel: 517 432-4300
Fax: 517 432-0098

Barbados, West Indies
, June 28 - July 30

Location: University of the West Indies Law School, Cave Hill
Courses: Legal Institutions of the Commonwealth Caribbean; Comparative Constitutional Law; Immigration Law; International Entertainment Law
Tuition & Fees: For 6 semester hours, $3,700; (room included)

Application deadline: March 30

Associate Dean Donna R. Christie
Summer Study Abroad Program in Barbados
Florida State University College of Law
425 W. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, Florida, USA, 32306-1034

Tel: 904 644-3400
Fax: 904 644-5487

Hawaii, Honolulu, United States
, June 30-August 1

Courses: Land Use Management and Control in Hawaii; International Protection of Human Rights; Asian Comparative Labor Law; Democracy and Political Participation; International Environmental Law

Tuition: $1,500 (up to 6 semester credits)

Admission requirements: One year in good standing at an ABA-accredited or recognized Canadian law school
Application deadline: Applications accepted on first-come, first-served basis; program may fill by early spring.

Professor Richard McLaughlin
Hawaii Summer Program Director
University of Mississippi School of Law
University, MS 38677

Tel: 601/232-7775

Victoria, British Columbia
, July 15 - August 9

Director: Professor Leonard J. Nelson
Courses: International Environmental Law (3); Comparative Environmental Law (2)
Tuition & Fees: Per Student $2,000 tuition, $900 lodging and partial meals.

Professor Leonard J. Nelson
Summer Study Abroad Program in Victoria, British Columbia
Cumberland School of Law
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 35229

Tel: 205 870-2701
Fax: 205 870-2673

Vancouver, British Columbia
, June 1 - June 30

Courses: Criminal Law Defenses taught by Joshua Dressler, author of Understanding Criminal Law; Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure; International Criminal Law; International Trade

Tuition and fees: $1,650 for 4 semester credits; $2,450 for 6 credits. Housing available

Admission requirements: Law in good standing at an ABA- or Canadian Bar Association-approved law school who will have completed one year of study prior to the start of the program

Application deadline: April 1 (enrollment will close early if program is filled prior to deadline)

Jane Powell
Summer Program in Canada
Southwestern University School of
675 S. Westmoreland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90005-3992

Tel: 213/738-6716
Fax: 213 383-1688

Environmental Law Summer Session:
The University of Victoria Faculty of Law expanded its Summer Session in 1996 by offering courses in the environmental law area in addition to the regular summer semester course offerings.These course were open to all law students, foreign and domestic.

Montreal, Canada
, July 7-August 2, 1997

The Tulane Summer School at McGill University Faculty of Law, in association with Albany Law School, is a unique venture in North American legal education. The program originated with the efforts of the Institutes of Comparative Law at Tulane and McGill. It responds to the professional educational needs created by NAFTA and the globalization of financial and economic markets for training in trans-border law and legal practice. Indeed, the primary goal of the summer school is to provide registrants with a systematic and integrated program in international commercial lawyering.

The principal subject areas covered in the 1997 session are: international trade, NAFTA, international conflict of laws, comparative labor law, trans-border litigation, international commercial arbitration, and international human rights. An orientation program will be held on Wednesday, July 2-the first day of the summer school program. Registrants will be invited to a lecture and a lunch and will be given a general introduction to the curriculum, the university, and the city. Course materials will be supplied and are included in the tuition fee. Courses will be held at the law faculty building, Chancellor Day Hall, 3664 Peel Street, on the McGill University campus.

Courses: Eight courses will be offered, all dealing with international business and trans-border lawyering dispute resolution. Students may take up to 6 credit hours

Tuition: $2,500
Other fees: Housing

Admission requirements: Letter of good standing from your current law school
Application deadline: May 2, but will be accepted as long as the program remains open

Tulane Law School
Office of Academic Services
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 70118

Tel: 504 865-5935
Fax: 504 865-6710