Semester/Year 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 Program

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 institution.

  1. InstitutionUniversité Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris, France
    Degrees
    : J.D. (Fordham) LL.M. (Diplôme d'Université en Droit) (Paris I)
    Semester:
    Year Long
    Language:
    French

  2. InstitutionUniversité Paris II - Panthéon-Assas Paris, France
    Degrees:
    J.D. (Fordham) LL.M. (Paris II)
    Semester
    : Year Long
    Language
    : English

  3. Institution: Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid, Spain
    Degrees: J.D. (Fordham) Master in International and European Business Law (Comillas)
    Semester: Year Long
    Language: English

  4. Institution: LUISS Guido Carli University Rome, Italy
    Degrees: J.D. (Fordham) LL.M. in International and European Union Law (LUISS)
    Semester: Year Long
    Language: English

  5. Institution: Université de Versailles Versailles, France
    Degrees: J.D. (Fordham) Master 2 in Arbitration and International Business (Versailles)
    Semester: Year Long
    Language: English and French

  6. Institution: Fudan Law School Shanghai, P.R. China
    Degrees: J.D. (Fordham) LL.M. in Chinese Law (Fudan)
    Semester: Year Long
    Language: 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 JD study may earn credit toward the JD 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

  1. Institution: China University of Politics and Law Beijing, P.R. China
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: English

  2. Institution: Eastern China University of Politics and Law Shanghai, P.R. China
    Semester:
    Fall or Spring
    Language: English

  3. Institution: Sungkyunkwan University Seoul, Republic of Korea
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: Korean

  4. Institution: National Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: English

  5. Institution: Waseda Law School Tokyo, Japan
    Semester: Fall
    Language: English

Programs in Europe

  1. Institution: University of Amsterdam Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Semester: Fall
    Language: English

  2. Institution: Bocconi Law School Milan, Italy
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: English

  3. Institution: Bucerius Law School Hamburg, Germany
    Semester: Fall
    Language: English

  4. Institution: European University Institute Florence, Italy
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: English or French

  5. Institution: ESADE Barcelona, Spain
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: English

Programs in the Middle East

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

Programs in South America

  1. Institution: Fundação Getulio Vargas São Paulo, Brazil
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: 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.

Continue to the Semester Study Abroad Application Form

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.

Contact Information

Tel: 212-636-7702

Email: lawstudyabroad@law.fordham.edu