Seoul, Korea

As law practice becomes increasingly global, students and lawyers must be well-grounded in contemporary areas of international and comparative legal practice. Fordham Law School and Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) College of Law are pleased to co-sponsor the tenth annual Summer Institute in International Law, a two and a half week academic program in international and comparative law in Seoul, Korea from June 17 - July 3, 2016, to be followed by optional 5-week internships from July 4 - August 5, 2016. No knowledge of the Korean language is required.

20 students attended the 2015 Summer Institute. In its ten nine years, the Institute enrolled over 1100 students from 6 countries and 60 law schools, including law students from American University, Boston College, Boston University, Chicago-Kent, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, George Washington, Hastings, Illinois, Loyola-LA, McGill, NYU, Texas, Tulane, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, USC, and University of San Diego.

The Summer Institute is designed for J.D. and LL.M. students in the United States, as well as for law students, lawyers, and government officials from around the world. The professors of the 2016 Institute are prominent tenured or tenure-track faculty from Fordham Law School, and other leading scholars. English is the language of instruction, but the faculty includes members who are also fluent or proficient in Korean, Italian, French, and German.

Classes are held in SKKU's new law school building, which is located on its downtown Seoul campus. SKKU is the oldest continuous institution of higher learning in Asia and one of the top-five law schools in Korea. Outside of class, the program features field trips and social events to enable students to experience Korean legal institutions and culture.

Institute students may enroll in one of the following three intensive three credit-hour courses in international and comparative law subjects:

  • International Environmental Law and Law of Climate Change
    Paolo Galizzi, Faculty Director and Clinical Professor of Law, Fordham Law School
  • International and Comparative Internet Law
    Ann Bartow, Professor of Law & Director, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, U. New Hampshire
  • Comparative Constitutional Law and Rights 
    Joseph Landau, Assoc. Professor of Law, Fordham Law School

Course selection is determined on a first-come, first-served basis, with an enrollment cap of 40 students per class. The Institute will close the application once 120 U.S. and Canadian students have been accepted. Although every effort is made to enroll students in their first or second choice, some classes fill up early, so students with a strong preference are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

In addition, there will be a basic Korean language and culture class for non-Korean speakers that will meet for 8 forty-minute class sessions and additional field trips during the program. This non-credit class is designed for students with little or no exposure to Korean language and culture, but is open to all program students.

  • Introduction to Korean Language and Culture

Leighanne Yuh, Executive Director and Assistant Professor, Korea University

Following the conclusion of the Summer Institute's academic program, internship program participants will begin their 5-week placements at the Korean supreme and constitutional courts, Korean government ministries, multi-national corporations, human rights organizations, and law firms.

For the optional internship program, students may choose to:

  • Receive an additional 3 ungraded academic credits at a tuition rate of $2,600 (which includes a $500 internship placement fee, due on application); or
  • Receive no academic credit for the internship, and pay only the $500 internship placement fee (due on application).

Please visit the Internship page for complete details.

Academic Policies

The Summer Institute is accredited by the American Bar Association. Fordham's academic rules and regulations apply for awarding academic credit. Fordham uses an "A-F" grading system. Daily attendance and preparation for classes are required and may be taken into account in determining the course grade. The for-credit internship is pass/fail; however, taking academic session courses for pass/fail is not permissible.

Students are permitted to enroll in a maximum of six credits (One 3-credit course + One 3-credit internship) during the program. Transcript requests are free of charge and should be addressed to the Fordham Law Office of the Registrar. All classes and the for-credit internship qualify for three academic semester credit hours towards the JD or LLM degree at Fordham and may be credited toward a law degree at other ABA-approved institutions. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course is subject to determination by the student's home institution. Non-Fordham students should consult their law school's registrar.

Students should also consult their registrar with respect to the ABA residency requirement. It is unlikely that participation in this program will accelerate graduation. Fordham Law Evening Division students who are planning to transfer to the full-time day division are eligible to participate, but must consult the Registrar regarding residency requirements.